Evening Devotional

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:17-5:2

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


[Ephesians 4:32]


I hope that this month’s consideration of “Loving One An­other” has been showing that being a follower of Christ Jesus makes a difference in the way we live!


In the verses we have read today, we find some contrasts between our old ways of living and the new way of living in Christ. Though we are “made new” and “created to be like God in true righteousness,” this is an ongoing process that is not completed in this life.


Today’s reading gives reasons for our being called to live as “members of one body.” We must live by the truth and avoid giving the devil any kind of foothold in our lives.


Because we can still be tempted to sin, we must pay attention to Paul’s strong warnings about anger, stealing, unwholesome talk, and grieving the Holy Spirit. We all can strive to be kinder and more compassionate, doing “what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.”


And who has not harbored bitterness in their heart? What about “rage and anger, brawling and slander”?


Instead we must be mindful of “forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave [us].” In the Holy Spirit’s power, we truly can “follow God’s example” and “walk in the way of love.”


Prayer:


Spirit of God, empower us to understand more clearly your call to acts of kindness and compassion. Guide us to be forgiving and loving, like Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.


~ George Vink ~

Live Loved

Be Joyful In Hope.

BE JOYFUL IN HOPE. SOMETIMES THE CIRCUMSTANCES of your life (and the condition of this world) make it difficult for you to be joyful. When you're searching for Joy, where do you turn? One of the best places to find true Joy is in hope. I want you to know the hope to which I have called you—the riches of My glorious inheritance. Since you are a co-heir with Me, this blessing is definitely for you. When present circumstances are weighing you down, grasp onto hope for dear life! It will help you not only to survive but to thrive—to live joyously.

In some ways, hope is like a hot-air balloon. It is very buoyant, so it can lift you up above your troubles. It enables you to soar in the heavens with Me—helping you see things from a heightened, big-picture perspective. To embark on this heavenly journey, you must climb into the basket beneath the balloon—by trusting fully that your hope in Me will not let you down. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

[Romans 12:12]

[May God] give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.

[Ephesians 1:17–18]

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

[Proverbs 23:18]

~ Max Lucado ~

🙏 Evening Prayer 🙏

KNOWN FOR HONESTY

[Leviticus 19:35-36; 2 Kings 12:15; Proverbs 16:13; 24:26]

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

I pray that you will be a person known for your honesty. May your speech and actions be without deceit. I pray that you will be trustworthy and your words will be truthful. Whether at home, with friends, or at the workplace, may your honest life be an example to others. I pray that you will always use accurate scales and weights when measuring values and quantities. May God bless you as you deal honestly without compromise.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Jesus Today

I Am In Your Midst, And I Am Mighty!

I AM IN YOUR MIDST, AND I AM MIGHTY! JUST as the sun is at the center of the solar system, so I am at the center of your entire being—physical, emotional, and spiritual. I, the Mighty One who created the universe, live inside you! Let this amazing truth reverberate in your mind and soak into your innermost being.

Ponder what it means to have so much Power dwelling inside you. One implication is that you don't need to worry about your lack of strength. In fact, my Power shows itself most effective in your weakness.

Remind yourself frequently that I live inside you and I am mighty! Let your awareness of My indwelling Presence drive out discouragement and fill you with great Joy. As My Life flows into yours, you are strengthened with divine might.

The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

[Zephaniah 3:17]

[The Lord] said to me, My grace (My favor and lovingkindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

[2 Corinthians 12:9]

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.

[Jude 2]

~ Sarah Young ~

🙏 Evening Prayer 🙏

GOD’S GOOD GIFTS

[Jeremiah 29:11; Matthew 7:11]

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

I pray that you will fully believe that God’s will is good, pleasing and perfect. Understand that His intention is not to harm you, but to give you hope and a future. May you realize that if you know how to give good gifts to children, God our Father can, in great and immeasurable ways, give excellent gifts to those who ask Him. I pray that you will thank Him for His generosity and trust His good, pleasing, and perfect will.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Devotional

“The power of his resurrection.”

[Php 3:10]

The doctrine of a risen Saviour is exceedingly precious. The resurrection is the corner-stone of the entire building of Christianity. It is the key-stone of the arch of our salvation. It would take a volume to set forth all the streams of living water which flow from this one sacred source, the resurrection of our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; but to know that he has risen, and to have fellowship with him as such-communing with the risen Saviour by possessing a risen life-seeing him leave the tomb by leaving the tomb of worldliness ourselves, this is even still more precious. The doctrine is the basis of the experience, but as the flower is more lovely than the root, so is the experience of fellowship with the risen Saviour more lovely than the doctrine itself. I would have you believe that Christ rose from the dead so as to sing of it, and derive all the consolation which it is possible for you to extract from this well-ascertained and well-witnessed fact; but I beseech you, rest not contented even there. Though you cannot, like the disciples, see him visibly, yet I bid you aspire to see Christ Jesus by the eye of faith; and though, like Mary Magdalene, you may not “touch” him, yet may you be privileged to converse with him, and to know that he is risen, you yourselves being risen in him to newness of life. To know a crucified Saviour as having crucified all my sins, is a high degree of knowledge; but to know a risen Saviour as having justified me, and to realize that he has bestowed upon me new life, having given me to be a new creature through his own newness of life, this is a noble style of experience: short of it, none ought to rest satisfied. May you both “know him, and the power of his resurrection.” Why should souls who are quickened with Jesus, wear the grave-clothes of worldliness and unbelief? Rise, for the Lord is risen.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~