Wednesday, April 09, 2014

April 9, 2014 … People Need The Lord

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 99

Devotional Song: Go to this link …  Please go to this video link to see/hear a video of Steve Green singing the poignant and powerful song, People Need the Lord, reminding us that anyone we pass today may need our Savior as their Lord.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: Deuteronomy 12: 15, …19 [NKJV] …  
15 The LORD delighted only in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as it is this day. … 19 Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. …  
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Deuteronomy 10: 12-22 [NKJV] … Go to this link  

Reference Passage #1: Exodus 22: 21-22 [NKJV] … Go to this link

Reference Passage #2: Matthew 5: 14-16 [NKJV] …  
4 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Reference Passage #3: John 13: 33-34 [NKJV] …  
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Reference Passage #4: Philippians 1: 27 [NKJV] …  
27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, …

Reference Passage #5: Ephesians 4: 1-2 [NKJV] …  
1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, …

My Journal for Today: In the Old Testament, God, through Moses [see highlight passages today from Our Daily Bread], instructed His people to show the same love to others that He, their Lord, had bestowed on His chosen people. And in the New Testament, Jesus and His Disciples trumpet this same message of God’s love being witnessed to anyone who was in need of a Savior. And, of course, that’s everyone.

I’ll not go on with a lot of words today. If you’ve taken in Steve Green’s song today [linked above] and the attached photo, as well as all of the Scripture references I’ve copied or linked above, I’m sure you’ll agree that everyone we encounter today, whether believers or not, need the Lord.

No, we cannot save them; … that’s God’s job. But we can do what Jesus commanded and Paul exhorted, and that’s to be the only light of Christ they may be able to see in this dark world.

Therefore, as Paul touted in Philippians 1 and Ephesians 4, copied above, we need to be worthy of God’s calling on our lives as Christians and as Jesus commanded in Matthew 5 and John 13 we must shine Christ’s light of love on any and all we may encounter.

So, as the old Nike ad slogan used to say, we should ”just do it!” 

My Prayer for Today … Lord, let my light of Your love shine today for any/all to see YOU. … Amen

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