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Imagine Daily Devotion - Day 8, February 10, 2018

By Pat Nagel in Trinity Lutheran Church about 1 year ago | 1859 views
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By: Tony Mintrup

Scripture Reading 


For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
– Titus 2:11-14



Icebreaker

What is more important – your abilities or your choices? Why?

Devotion

I don’t enjoy watching the news, but if the purpose or outcome is to show us the consequences of our godless living and sinful pleasures, perhaps it is a good, daily reminder for me so that I “turn,” “live devoted to God,” “look forward with hope,” and “commit to doing good deeds.” Easier said than done. While watching a Harry Potter movie with my kids, Dumbledore tells Harry, “it is not our abilities, but rather our choices that determine our life outcomes.” Although it isn’t from Holy Scripture. It reminded me of the verses for today that I don’t need to have some special abilities to turn, live devoted, look forward and commit – I just need to make the choice to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

Just imagine… what we could do if we devoted ourselves to God knowing what He has done, is doing and will do for us through Christ.

Application

Meditate on verse 14: “Jesus gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” Use an alarm or appointment on your calendar to spend time each day asking God to fill you with the desires of His heart. Ask the Holy Spirit for the power to follow those desires instead of the sinful pleasures of your flesh. Over time, watch your desires change as your will and God’s will become more aligned.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word and Holy Spirit that teaches, encourages and corrects. We need it! Change my desires so that I turn from godless living and sinful pleasures; living devoted to You; and look forward with hope to the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ. As a result, may I find joy in doing good deeds so that Your is done on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.

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Responses

Dave Kelly

Tony – thanks for this devotion. I was having a similar discussion with my kids about Pro Sports players abilities, yet the outcome of some of their lives – all rooted in their decisions. Our kids — ALL KIDS — need these biblical truths to help them in this modern age.

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