Early Morning Prayer

FATHER’S INSTRUCTION 
Proverbs 4:1-4

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today

I pray that you will listen to your father’s instruction. May you pay attention to what he teaches you so you will gain understanding. Lay hold of His words in your heart that you may live life to the fullest. I pray that you will remember the wisdom He passes on to you, so that in times of need you may draw from it. May God bless you with wisdom as you heed your father’s instructions today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Devotional

John 3:9-21

LOVE’S GREAT GIFT: RECEIVED OR REJECTED 

Though physically on earth, our Lord was spiritually in touch with the heavenly realities. He was living among them and bore witness to them. Notice that must, Joh 3:14. He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, and the divine purpose of redemption would fail unless He fulfilled His part in the eternal compact. That which had been resolved upon before the foundations of the hills were laid must be carried out in all its terrible detail. He must be accounted as a sin offering, and go forth as a scapegoat. He must tread the winepress alone, and pour out His soul unto death. Yet He was not rebellious, nor did He turn back. He rejoiced to do the Father’s will. For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the Cross.

Redemption originated in God’s great love. Notice the pairs in Joh 3:16: God and the Son; loved and gave; the world and whosoever; believe and have; not perish but have life. The judgment is already in process, and the turning point with each who has known the gospel will be his attitude toward the light he has enjoyed. Evil men avoid the light, as an inflamed eye the sun. No true heart fears Christ, and on coming to Him it discovers that unconsciously it has been wrought upon by God.

Personal Gifts

God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
~ Romans 12:8
Our culture sometimes pushes us to be something that we’re not, but this is a good reminder that each one of us is unique with our own talents. We should treasure the things that we’re good at and do those things well. You can honor God by putting your talents to good use. Do them with passion, kindness and vigor.