Today is Sunday, May 28, 2017. Day 21,626. SIX days until our Oregon vacation!
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
(From The Divine Hours)
Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts.
My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.
2 Peter 1:5-12
Part of this passage from 2 Peter was used in a reading from Daily Guideposts, this morning. The reading, itself, had nothing to do with what came to my mind, though. As I read the last three verses (which was all that was included in the reading), I was reminded of the reasons for the spiritual disciplines. In fact, my attention was drawn upward to verse 5. This entire passage is actually about spiritual disciplines, and is a good, biblical explanation of the purpose for them!
The disciplines, which are activities that we practice (see verse 10), are for the purpose of increasing in the qualities that Peter mentions in this passage. As we practice them, they force out bad habits and replace them with good ones.
I’m still struggling with rearranging my life to make this possible. It’s an ongoing process that doesn’t happen overnight. This is where a lot of people falter in there quest. Our society has become so used to getting things instantly or quickly, that something like this loses attractiveness quickly. Once someone realizes that they can’t accomplish this in a day or two, or even a week, they lose interest.
We must stay the course, fight the good fight until the finish.
Father, help us to stay focused. Help me to stay focused. Help me to endure all things that I might practice these qualities and possess them in increasing measure. Help me to replace my bad habits with these good ones.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Grace and peace, friends.