Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 41
Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a video of the group, Hillsong, leading in worship singing, ... Jesus, You’re All I Need … praising God with the reality that He is our everything … all we need for life and eternity.
Highlight Passage: Colossians 1: 17 [NKJV] …
17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
… Before anything in our lives … JESUS!!
Highlight Context – Colossians 1: 15-20 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… Jesus is THE MAN!!! … He’s everything!! … Before anything!
Reference Passage #1 - Luke 9: 23 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… I hope you all know this one BY HEART … and putting Christ first … to follow HIM!
Reference Passage #2 - Romans 12:1-2 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… Our lives should be a “living sacrifice” to/for Him, avoiding worldly and fleshly influences.
Reference Passage #3 - 2 Peter 1:2-4 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… He’s given us everything; so, why shouldn’t we give him our everything.
My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Jennifer Benson Schuldt used a personal story to illustrate how all Christians should be putting Christ #1 in our lives. She wrote: My friend’s son decided to wear a sports jersey over his school clothing one day. He wanted to show support for his favorite team that would be playing an important game later that night. Before leaving home, he put something on over his sports jersey—it was a chain with a pendant that read, “Jesus.” His simple action illustrated a deeper truth: Jesus deserves first place over everything in our lives.
The attached image and linked song ring true with Schuldt’s ODB teaching today. So often we let our desire to please the world, … to achieve pleasure over pain, … or to bask in worldly power or prestige assume places in the priorities of life which supplant the position Christ should hold for us all.
I watch professional golf on TV. I love to see these skilled pros do what I’d love to be able to do, … hit a golfball long and straight … in the direction that ball should go. And when one of those dudes hits a long, long drive off the tee on television, you often hear some fan, trying to be heard on TV, yell, “You da man!!!” And really that’s what we should be saying about our #1 HERO in life as Christians, shouldn’t we? Because Jesus is … DA MAN. He’s the God-Man; and He’s everything we need, as Hillsong sings in worship [linked above].
We all need to do a personal inventory, as I am as I write this, asking … Is JESUS really #1 in our life, as He should be? And if not, why not? Because if we are not following our Lord in FIRST PLACE, something else has become an idol and is getting in the way of our true discipleship [see Luke 9:23]. So, let’s find out what it is; … and let’s all make King Jesus # 1 … today and all days!!!
My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … O how I desire to put You #1 and keep You there as I do all I can to follow You. … Amen
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