Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 8-15-18

August 15, 2018

John 6:35-40 Good News Translation (GNT)

In a world which seeks to diminish the reality of the Christ—the Resurrected Messiah and Savior of the World—we who have accepted Him and know his living presence have a big mission ahead of us.  We need to reveal the Truth of His love resident within us and operating through our lives. The Spirit of Christ is alive in believers!  For Christians, Jesus is the Bread upon which we feed—the Living Word.  As we eat, we begin to understand his heart and love for his Creation; the depth of his sacrifice to save us.  He sustains us and nourishes our souls with good things.  We can know the Lord, experience grace, and receive healing.  We see through the eyes of the Savior, because we sip from the cup of his eternal salvation and are satisfied.  

In practice, Christ came to connect humanity with God; he is the way the truth and the life with Abba Father.  We do not need to face our emptiness, pain, or problems by ourselves; God longs to live life with us. He knows we are powerless apart from him to bring any lasting change; he alone is the Savior.  Christ in us seeks to lift the hearts of the brokenhearted in our path.  Christ prays through us, gathers, and heals the emotionally wounded and oppressed who have lost hope.  Christ is the Influencer who turns the thoughts of the downtrodden toward the unmerited favor and grace of God.  Let’s face it, the whole world needs Jesus!

John 6:35-40 Good News Translation (GNT)

35 “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “Those who come to me will never be hungry; those who believe in me will never be thirsty. 36 Now, I told you that you have seen me but will not believe. 37 Everyone whom my Father gives me will come to me. I will never turn away anyone who comes to me, 38 because I have come down from heaven to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And it is the will of him who sent me that I should not lose any of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them all to life on the last day. 40 For what my Father wants is that all who see the Son and believe in him should have eternal life. And I will raise them to life on the last day.”

Prayer: Lord, thank you for pouring your love within me and raising me to real life each day. I will walk this earth with you and one day follow you into eternity.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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