Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September 14, 2016: Here Again With God!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 258 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of images from the group, Hillsong, leading in worship and singing … I Surrender, prayerfully declaring the desire of all in Christ to come to our Lord and worship Him for eternity.

Highlight Passage: John 6:68-69 [NKJV]
 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 
… Peter, speaking for the other Disciples, declares their allegiance to their Messiah and the Son of God. 
Highlight Context … John 6:53-69 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… Following Jesus is following the Lord for time eternal.

 Reference Passage #1 … 2nd Corinthians 12:9a [NKJV]
 8 And Jesus said to me (Paul), … “My grace is sufficient for You; …” 
 … Paul realizes that Jesus is all he needs to deal with the trials of life.

Reference Passage #2 … Hebrews 13:8 [NKJV]
 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 
 … Worshipping Jesus today is worshipping Him for eternity.

My Journal for Today: … Our Daily Bread author, David McCasland, uses a comparison of the greatness and age-old influence of Shakespeare to that of the eternal sovereignty of God. He wrote: During 2016, theater companies in Britain and around the world have staged special productions to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Concerts, lectures, and festivals have drawn crowds who celebrate the enduring work of the man widely considered to be the greatest playwright in the English language. Ben Jonson, one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, wrote of him, “He was not of an age, but for all time.” 

And if the British Bard can have that kind of influence on people over the ages, what should be the eternal influence and power for Christians which Jesus, Who is the sovereign God, has upon our lives? And that, my fellow Christian reader, is why you find me here EVERY DAY seeking time alone with my Lord, … praying for His grace, … and delving into His truth.

Think about it, my friends!! … When we develop a daily, disciplined, devotional time with God, we are choosing to come in surrender, Hillsong sings, to the living Lord, just as the Apostles (well, most of them) came to realize after Jesus had fed thousands on that hillside near Capernaum [see the passage in John 6].

And we are seeking relational time with the very God of time, … desiring to be reshaped by His Spirit, into the image of our Lord, … Who is the same … yesterday, today, and forever. Don’t you think such an attitude of surrender will be honored gladly with God’s grace of enlightenment, enrichment, and empowerment? And personally, I’m way selfish enough to want as much of that as I can glean … EVERY DAY!

So, you will find me back here tomorrow again, having quiet and surrendered time with God Almighty; and I pray that you’re having your time with Him today.

My Prayer Today: O, Heavenly Father, … Lord, fill me up with Your grace again today. Amen 

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