Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 44
Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a video of Jason Gray, singing his song, Glow In The Dark… Joyously singing how we can break through the darkness of this world by shining the light God’s Spirit is building into our hearts as Christians.
Highlight Passage: 1st Corinthians 12:4 [NLT] …
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.
… Each Christian has something special, imparted into our new nature to shine forth Christ in/for His Kingdom.
Highlight Context – 1st Corinthians 12:4-14 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK … … All of God’s chosen are special in His Kingdom, with special gifts, molded into the character of each Christian to allow that one to function in a unique way for God’s glory.
Reference Passage #1 - Ephesians 1:3-4 [NLT] …
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
… We are his chosen ones, endowed with spirit-imparted blessings so has to be united in Spirit with our Lord.
Reference Passage #2 - Ephesians 4: 7 [NLT] …
7 However, He has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.
… At least one gift, maybe more, … to be used for His glory.
My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Dennis Fishers, illustrated his teaching with a story of a young man who discovered the special beauty in snowflakes. He wrote: Fifteen-year-old Wilson Bentley was captivated by the intricate beauty of snowflakes. He looked with fascination through an old microscope his mother had given him and made hundreds of sketches of their remarkable designs, but they melted too quickly to adequately capture their detail. Several years later, in 1885, he had an idea. He attached a bellows camera to the microscope and, after much trial and error, took his first picture of a snowflake. During his lifetime Bentley would capture 5,000 snowflake images and each one was a unique design. He described them as … “ice flowers.”
Like snowflakes, each of God’s chosen ones, like you and me, as born-again in Christ, have been made special to do what Jason Gray sings about in his song, linked above, … to Glow In The Dark. Each of us is unique in God’s kingdom, … and we’ve been given special gifts so as to function as special lights in this very dark world, … shining Christ’s light for all to see Him … for His glory [see the Scriptures referenced above].
The question I had to ask myself from today’s ODB was/is … Am I living today as a glowing light for Christ in this ever darkening world? … Because my God has given me what I need to glow in the dark for His glory. So, … I pray …
My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … I pray that I shine Your light, even as I write here today … and tomorrow … for Your glory. … Amen
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