Live Loved

God is kind to you so you will change your hearts and lives.
~ ROMANS 2:4

In the Image of Christ

Here’s God’s agenda for your day: to make you more like Jesus. “God…decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son” 

Do you see what God is doing? Shaping you “along the same lines as the life of his Son.”

Jesus felt no guilt; God wants you to feel no guilt. 
Jesus had no bad habits; God wants to do away with yours. 
Jesus faced fears with courage; God wants you to do the same. 
Jesus knew the difference between right and wrong; God wants us to know the same. Jesus served others and gave his life for the lost; we can do likewise. 
Jesus dealt with anxiety about death; you can too. God’s desire, his plan, his ultimate goal is to make you into the image of Christ.

—EVERY DAY DESERVES A CHANCE 

Heavenly Father, thank you for shaping our lives to be like your Son, Jesus. May we become more like him each minute and hour of the day. As he had no bad habits, Father, do away with ours. As he served others, may we do the same. He faced fears with courage, and this is what we long to do. Weave the threads of our lives, Father, in such a way that the final tapestry will show the true image of Christ, amen.

We ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.
~ JOHN 4:42

Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
~ PHILIPPIANS 2:8

We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.
~ EPHESIANS 2:10

Devotional

Matthew 8

New Opportunities

Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?
Matthew 8:27

Recommended Reading:
Matthew 8:23-27

Matthew 8 describes a day in the life of the Savior. Having preached His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 – 7, Jesus came down the hill to find a leper needing healing (Matthew 8:1-4). He entered Capernaum where a centurion approached Him about a paralyzed servant (verses 5-13). He ducked into a house to find Peter’s mother-in-law suffering a fever, which He healed (verses 14-15). The whole town turned out with their sick and possessed (verses 16-17), and Jesus used the occasion to talk about the cost of discipleship (verses 18-22). He got into a boat so tired He fell asleep. When a storm arose, the disciples awoke Him and He stilled the winds and sea (verses 23-27). Arriving on the other side, He cast demons from two men in the Gergesenes (verses 28-34), and the whole city came out to meet Him.

And you think you’ve had a busy day!

Every day brings new opportunities to serve Jesus. It’s possible to be too busy, but better busy than bored. There’s nothing more exhilarating than giving each day to the Lord and waiting to see what He will do with it.

Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
~ Frances Havergal

Evening Prayer

JESUS’ HEALING POWER 
Matthew 4:23-24; 8:7; 9:35; Luke 6:18-19

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

I pray that you will know the healing power of Jesus. May He touch your body tonight and cure you of any disease or sickness. May you believe that there is no illness too daunting for His power, or too trivial for His compassion. Whether it is the common cold or cancer that is ailing you, I pray that you will trust that Jesus can heal it. He is the Lord who will protect you and preserve your life. He will sustain you in your sick bed and restore you. May you receive your healing tonight.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Streams

Attitude of Trust

Before he had finished praying, there came Rebekah with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah (Milcah was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor). saying “Praised be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his faithful love for my master! The Lord has led me to the house of my master’s relatives!”
— Gen 24:15,27

Every right prayer is answered before the prayer itself is finished—before we have “done speaking.” This is because God has pledged His Word to us that whatsoever we ask in Christ’s name (that is, in oneness with Christ and His will) and in faith, shall be done.

When we believe for a blessing, we must take the attitude of faith, and begin to act and pray as if we had the blessing. We must treat God as if He had given us our request. We must lean our weight over upon Him for the thing that we have claimed, and just take it for granted that He gives it, and is going to continue to give it. This is the attitude of trust.

When the wife is married, she at once falls into a new attitude, and acts in accordance with the fact; and so when we take Christ as our Savior, as our Sanctifier, as our Healer, or as our Deliverer, He expects us to fall into the attitude of recognizing Him in the capacity that we have claimed, and expect Him to be to us all that we have trusted Him for.

— Selected

“The thing I ask when God doth bid me pray,
Begins in that same act to come my way.”