Saturday, December 7, 2019

Strengthened by Grace Devotional: 12/7/19

Prayer for Saturday: ​ 

Lord and Maker of all things, from whose creative power the first light came forth, who did look upon the world's first morning and see that it was good, I praise You for this light that now streams through my windows to rouse me to the life of another day. O Glorious God, Whose Glory never fades, as the light of day now streams through these windows and floods this room, so let me open to You the windows of my heart, that all my life may be filled by the radiance of Your presence. Let no corner of my being be unlit by the light of Your countenance. Let there be nothing within me to darken the brightness of the day. Let the Spirit of Him whose life was the light of mankind rule within my heart till evening. In Christ's Name, Amen.

Scripture Reading for Saturday: 2 Corinthians 6-9

Scripture Reflection for Saturday: Today our Bible reading covers 2 Corinthians 6-9. In 2 Corinthians 6, we see that our intimate friendships matter to God. Because you have received reconciliation with God it is contradictory to remain in very deep and close association with unbelievers and have your life influenced by your former way of life. In what ways should Christians give careful attention to their friendships? Is there wisdom in choosing godly friends?

In 2 Corinthians 7, we see that how Christians live matters to God. In the Bible, there are many motivations for pursuing holiness. Gratitude for God’s grace is a chief motivation. So are the promises of God. Paul appeals to God’s covenantal promise to be your God and to receive you as His sons and daughters. Being a child of God ought to affect and influence your behavior. Children often look and act like their parents. How do things stand with you?

In 2 Corinthians 8, we see that the truth of the gospel ought to motivate us at many levels. To think how Christ gave of Himself (v. 9) should make us ready to give of ourselves and our possessions. How should this motivate your giving?

In 2 Corinthians 9, we see that Paul concludes his discussion on the collection with a prayer of praise to God for His indescribable gift. One of the remarkable characteristics of the apostle Paul is that he sees Christ in and behind everything. Pray to God for such a view of Christ—both His person and work—and that you never lose the wonder of God’s grace in giving His only begotten Son. Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift!

Daily Teaching (Catechism) for Saturday:

(1.8) The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the native language of the ancient people of God (Romans 3:2). The New Testament was written in Greek, which at the time it was written was most widely known to the nations. These Testaments were inspired directly by God and by his unique care and providence were kept pure down through the ages. They are therefore true and authoritative so that in all religious controversies the church must make their ultimate appeal to them (Isaiah 8:20). All God’s people have a right to and a claim on the Scriptures and are commanded in the fear of God to read (Acts 15:15) and search them (John 5:39). Not all of God’s people know these original languages, so the Scriptures are to be translated into the common language of every nation to which they come (1 Corinthians 14:6, 9, 11, 12, 24, 28). In this way, the Word of God may dwell richly in all so that they may worship him in an acceptable manner and through patience and the comfort of the Scriptures may have hope (Colossians 3:16).

May God help you to grow in Christ today,