Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 8-25-20

Romans 11:33-36
33 Who could ever wrap their minds around the riches of God, the depth of his wisdom, and the marvel of his perfect knowledge? Who could ever explain the wonder of his decisions [judgments] or search out the mysterious way he carries out his plans?
For who has discovered how the Lord thinks
    or is wise enough to be the one
    to advise him in his plans?
35 Or:
“Who has ever first given something to God
    that obligates God to owe him something in return?”
36 And because God is the source and sustainer of everything, everything finds fulfillment in him. May all praise and honor be given to him forever! Amen!

Unless the Spirit of God enters us and we allow the pure mind of God to begin to inhabit our lifestyles, we can only pretend to be good. Without renewed minds, we are self-serving and will always raise our wills above God’s will and plan for our lives. As believers in Christ and the work of grace, we are learning to listen to the Spirit and be led in the ways of the Kingdom of God. We are citizens of heaven and we live to emulate our role model the King of Glory—Jesus. Many people may be tempted to think God is not involved in the things of humanity like government and world affairs, but Scripture teaches God is the sustainer of all things, so we cannot find the fulfillment of good and wholeness apart from him. Never forget that Father is God, Jesus is God, and the Spirit is God and as we listen and obey the testimony or Word of God we enjoy fellowship with the wholeness of Creator. Finding ourselves in this listening and obeying place brings true fulfillment for our lives which pleases God who created us in his image. May we repent for trying to leave God out of “all” things and turn to bring the Father, Son, and the Spirit into our lives to form a holy lifestyle. And, may we pray for our government leaders to repent, turn, and call upon the Godhead for the wisdom and knowledge to redeem and restore our land in Jesus’ name. May God convict those who actually try to remove him and his authority from this country—the United States of America—one nation under God.

Prayer: Creator and Lord of all, please help me to possess the fulness of grace you have provided. I know my life requires your wisdom, decisions, and plans. Please continue to sustain me and cause me to walk in the fullness of your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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