Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 152
Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from the group Avalon singing … Everything To Me … poignantly singing of the reality of what Jesus is for the born-again Christian —> EVERYTHING!!
Highlight Verse[s]: 2Peter 1:2-3 [NKJV} …
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, …
… Do we recognize and realize that we have it all when we have Jesus?!
Highlight Passage [context]: 2Peter 1:1-11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… Peter expresses to Christians why, when we have Jesus in our lives, we have all we need to live Godly lives for God’s glory.
Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … John 15:5, 7 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK …
… Jesus declares that He’s all we need to be fruitful in life.
Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … [NLT] …
13 No temptation [or trial] has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted [tried] beyond what you are able, but with the temptation [trial] will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
… Paul declares that when we have Jesus in our lives that He’s faithful to allow us to deal with ANYTHING which life brings our way.
My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, David C McCasland, gets very personal in helping us to realize that Jesus is literally EVERYTHING to/for the Christian. The ODB author wrote: I often feel completely inadequate for the tasks I face. Whether it’s teaching Sunday school, advising a friend, or writing articles for this publication, the challenge often seems to be larger than my ability. Like Peter, I have a lot to learn.
The Apostle Peter, later in life as a mature disciple of Christ [see highlight passage], came to realize and preach the truth found in the formula expressed in the attached photo; … i.e., that Jesus + Nothing = Everything! Actually, all of Jesus’ Apostles came to recognize that truth after the resurrection; and you read it in the Scriptures above and hear it sung by Avalon in the linked song.
My friends, when we have Jesus, as He, Himself, declared (see John 15:5,7), we have all we need to be fruitful in life; but if we don’t have Him, … we are NOTHING!
So, today I’m praying that you and I recognize and realize this truth in our lives and we express our thanks and praise to God for being all we need to serve Him and live for His glory.
My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … King Jesus, … truly … You are EVERYTHING to me!! … Amen
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