Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Daily Readings for SATURDAY, January 21, 2017

First Reading
Isaiah 46:1-13
Bel bows down, Nebo stoops, their idols are on beasts and cattle; these things you carry are loaded as burdens on weary animals. They stoop, they bow down together; they cannot save the burden, but themselves go into captivity. Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, even when you turn gray I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save. To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, as though we were alike? Those who lavish gold from the purse, and weigh out silver in the scales-- they hire a goldsmith, who makes it into a god; then they fall down and worship! They lift it to their shoulders, they carry it, they set it in its place, and it stands there; it cannot move from its place. If one cries out to it, it does not answer or save anyone from trouble. Remember this and consider, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, "My purpose shall stand, and I will fulfill my intention," calling a bird of prey from the east, the man for my purpose from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have planned, and I will do it. Listen to me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from deliverance: I bring near my deliverance, it is not far off, and my salvation will not tarry; I will put salvation in Zion, for Israel my glory.

Second Reading
Ephesians 6:10-24
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak. So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus will tell you everything. He is a dear brother and a faithful minister in the Lord. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, to let you know how we are, and to encourage your hearts. Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who have an undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Holy Gospel
Mark 5:1-20
They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain; for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; and he shouted at the top of his voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me." For he had said to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!" Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "My name is Legion; for we are many." He begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. Now there on the hillside a great herd of swine was feeding; and the unclean spirits begged him, "Send us into the swine; let us enter them." So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea. The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came to see what it was that had happened. They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it. Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighborhood. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you." And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.

Morning Psalms
Psalm 30 Exaltabo te, Domine
1   I will exalt you, O LORD, because you have lifted me up and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
2   O LORD my God, I cried out to you, and you restored me to health.
3   You brought me up, O LORD, from the dead; you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
4   Sing to the LORD, you servants of his; give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
5   For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, his favor for a lifetime.
6   Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning.
7   While I felt secure, I said, "I shall never be disturbed. You, LORD, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains."
8   Then you hid your face, and I was filled with fear.
9   I cried to you, O LORD; I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
10   What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
11   Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me; O LORD, be my helper."
12   You have turned my wailing into dancing; you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
13   Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; O LORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

Psalm 32 Beati quorum
1   Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sin is put away!
2   Happy are they to whom the LORD imputes no guilt, and in whose spirit there is no guile!
3   While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, because of my groaning all day long.
4   For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.
5   Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and did not conceal my guilt.
6   I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD." Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
7   Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble; when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
8   You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
9   I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; I will guide you with my eye.
10   Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you."
11   Great are the tribulations of the wicked; but mercy embraces those who trust in the LORD.
12   Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the LORD; shout for joy, all who are true of heart.

Evening Psalms
Psalm 42 Quemadmodum
1   As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God.
2   My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
3   My tears have been my food day and night, while all day long they say to me, "Where now is your God?"
4   I pour out my soul when I think on these things; how I went with the multitude and led them into the house of God,
5   With the voice of praise and thanksgiving, among those who keep holy-day.
6   Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why are you so disquieted within me?
7   Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
8   My soul is heavy within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan, and from the peak of Mizar among the heights of Hermon.
9   One deep calls to another in the noise of your cataracts; all your rapids and floods have gone over me.
10   The LORD grants his loving-kindness in the daytime; in the night season his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
11   I will say to the God of my strength, "Why have you forgotten me? and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?"
12   While my bones are being broken, my enemies mock me to my face;
13   All day long they mock me and say to me, "Where now is your God?"
14   Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why are you so disquieted within me?
15   Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 43 Judica me, Deus
1   Give judgment for me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.
2   For you are the God of my strength; why have you put me from you? and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?
3   Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling;
4   That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness; and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.
5   Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why are you so disquieted within me?
6   Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

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Verse of the Day - January 21, 2017

Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV) Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Think Heaven"

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)

You may have heard the expression, "Don't be so heavenly minded that you're of no earthly good." However, I know a lot of people who are so earthly minded, they're of no heavenly good. The fact is, we need to be heavenly minded.

Those who think the most about the next life do the most in this one. To be heavenly minded doesn't mean being disconnected with reality. It's simply recognizing that life on earth has a beginning, a middle, and an end.

The apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Colosse, "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:1–2).

The phrase "set your mind" speaks of a diligent act of single-minded investigation. A simple way to translate it is, "Think about Heaven," or more simply, "Think Heaven." I like that. The verb is in the present tense, which means, "Keep thinking about and keep seeking Heaven." Our feet must be on the earth, but our minds should be in Heaven. Yet many of us will go through a day, sometimes a week, and perhaps even a month, without a single thought about Heaven.

We don't know when this life will end. We recognize there is an afterlife. There is future reward for believers and a future judgment for those who do not believe. That affects us in the way we live now.

If you really believe there is a future judgment, you're not going to do whatever you want. It will motivate you to do good things and godly things if you believe there are future rewards. Thinking about Heaven should affect us in the way we live today.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Diverse Opportunities for A Diverse Church - Fearfully andWonderfully Made, Day 11

What does the Bible have to say about prejudice? What messages of love does God have for all the people and cultures He created? What opportunities does a diverse church of today have in a society still troubled by racism?

The two-week Fearfully and Wonderfully Made daily devotional—based on passages from the NKJV Modern Life Study Bible—will guide you through a series of Biblical excerpts focused on confronting ethnic prejudice. You'll walk through both the Old and New Testaments, discovering a tapestry of cultural connections throughout the historical richness of Scripture and learn about God's promises of love to those who face discrimination and prejudice. From the call of Abraham to the Samaritan woman at the well, find out how the God of Israel has shown himself to be the God of all tribes and nations.

Today’s reading is drawn from Acts 15:22-35.

In many nations and especially in the western hemisphere, the church faces an increasingly pluralistic society, and it is highly unlikely we will ever return to a uniform culture, if that ever existed in the first place. But the Book of Acts shows that we can thrive in this new world. The response of the apostolic council at Jerusalem to an influx of Gentile believers demonstrates that Christians must allow for cultural differences if they want their churches to survive.

The collections of people who responded to the gospel and banded together in the first century defy modern market research and principles of church growth. Modern thinking holds that groups of people with similar sociological backgrounds grow larger more quickly than ones with different backgrounds. Some argue that like attracts like, so churches should target people of the same race, demographic profile, and socioeconomic status.

The untidy collection of Christians in Acts upends that idea. Diverse churches sprouted up spontaneously in response to God’s grace.

Diverse Contributions The church offered …
  • Advocacy by Barnabas on behalf of Saul (9:26, 27); by Paul and Barnabas on behalf of a slave girl to free her from oppressive masters (16:16–21); and by Ephesian believers on behalf of Apollos (18:27, 28)
  • Charity and hospitality, often anonymous and large scale, to meet both social and spiritual needs (2:45; 4:32; 11:29, 30; 28:13–15).
  • Ethnic reconciliation as deacons acted on behalf of neglected widows (6:1–6); as Philip carried the gospel across ethnic barriers (8:4–17, 26–40); as Peter met with the Gentile Cornelius and defended his actions to Jewish leaders at Jerusalem (10:1—11:30); as Paul and Barnabas brought together Gentiles and Jews at Antioch in Pisidia (13:46–52); as the council at Jerusalem accepted Gentiles as equals in the faith, sending Judas and Silas as emissaries to welcome them (15:1–35); as Paul recruited Timothy to spread the gospel (16:1–5).
The early church was a diverse, grass-roots movement that drew people together in innovative ways. It moved them toward one another and out into their communities in service and love. Like the early church, the modern body of Christ exists in a pluralistic society full of opportunities for unparalleled innovation and growth.

This devotional is drawn from the Modern Life Study Bible. Used by permission

Un Dia a la Vez - Días difíciles

Jesús dijo: Vengan a mí todos ustedes que están cansados y agobiados, y yo les daré descanso.
(Mateo 11:28)

Sé que levantarse y encontrarse con un día lleno de situaciones, problemas familiares, quizá hasta problemas de dinero o la incertidumbre de estar un día más sin trabajo te puede frustrar y llevar a renegar y pelear contra Dios. Mi consejo es que no pelees contra Él. Como hijo de Dios, tienes todo el derecho de decirle cómo te sientes, pero no cuestionarlo y mucho menos maldecir tu vida.

Tal vez te parezca repetitivo, pero es cierto. Este es el día que Dios creó para ti, y algo que alegra el corazón de Dios es que a pesar de tu situación, de tu problema, puedas alegrarte y gozarte en el día que te levantas hoy. Recuerda que no eres el único. Todos tenemos días de angustia, pero no todos tenemos la misma actitud ante la adversidad. De modo que nuestra actitud y nuestra fe sí cambian por completo el panorama.

Descansa en Él y dile: «Señor, aunque no entiendo lo que estoy viviendo, quiero decirte que me alegraré y me gozaré este día. Y esperaré confiadamente en ti. Amén».

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - ENDURE HARDSHIP AS DISCIPLINE

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?...No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12: 7-11)

As we see in Hebrews chapter twelve, once we “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,” we will be aware of how we should then live. Now he teaches us about the value of hardships and discipline that does not seem helpful but in the end produces a harvest of righteousness and peace.

Alexander was on his first research trip to Cuba for Open Doors. He asked a Cuban pastor what his needs were. He expected the response to itemize the many material needs that the churches in Cuba obviously lacked.

“The first thing we need is your prayers,” he replied, “to know the Body of Christ is with us.” Then he went on to list their tremendous need for Bibles, teaching aids, Sunday school materials and printing supplies. Then he concluded with the statement that they could use anything and everything. “If you send us just a bar of soap, we’ll be grateful,” he confessed. “We'll praise God for it!”

Alexander says, “I felt a big lump in my throat as I thought of all the Bibles, literature and freedoms I enjoyed. Yet even with all my blessings, my testimony was not as strong. So I struggled to articulate my feelings. ‘Pastor,’ I said, ‘I can only begin to sense and imagine the difficulties you have encountered.’”

The pastor’s eyes became misty and he softly responded, “Oh yes brother, we have been through the most difficult years. Yet we don’t fear persecution. As a matter of fact, we welcome it because it purifies us!”

Freddie Sun spent years in prison in China because of his Christian faith. Prison was literally a trial of fire for him. He worked in a factory making tee-joints from pig iron. Every day he loaded and unloaded the furnace which fired up to 2700 degrees Fahrenheit. In the midst of this hell on earth, God spoke to him. “I have put you in this high-temperature furnace. Don’t worry—you won’t melt. But your impurities will be removed so you can become a useful tee-joint!”

RESPONSE: Today I will receive God’s discipline with the awareness that it is refining me to be more like Jesus.

PRAYER: Lord help me to accept hardship as Your discipline for my life. I look forward to the harvest of righteousness and peace.

NIV Devotions for Couples - Help for a Shaky Marriage

Psalm 46:1–11

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

What could shake the very foundation of your marriage?

For Rick and Amanda, it started with Rick’s working too much. With each promotion, Rick spent more time on the road and less time with Amanda. But success at work left him empty. He bought things he couldn’t afford to reward himself for his long hours away. Soon he and Amanda were arguing over money.

To pay the mounting bills, Amanda found a job. She also found a sympathetic friend at work and tried to heal her hurts with an affair. When Rick found out about the affair, he quietly made plans to divorce Amanda. Before the papers could be filed, however, Amanda got sick with a minor illness. But complications set in, and she was put into the hospital. More than once, the doctors told Rick that she wouldn’t make it through the night.

That night Rick began to see things differently. He wanted to save the marriage, but he didn’t know how. As Amanda’s illness became progressively worse, she went into a coma. Rick feared for her life and spent every waking moment by her side.

In Psalm 46, we see the world being torn apart by cataclysmic disasters—mountains collapsing into the sea, earthquakes, floods and military conquests. But the author of this psalm tells us that we shouldn’t fear. How could we not be afraid when faced with such terrifying events?

The psalmist tells us that through all of the turbulence, God is with us. God is our refuge and strength when problems shake our world. He has such awesome power that the world actually melts at the sound of his voice. God is in control and will be exalted.

As Amanda lay in the hospital, fighting to live, Rick was fired from his job. He had to sell their house and their car. But when everything he thought was important was stripped away, Rick found God was there through it all. When he heard God’s voice, it was as if his earthly troubles melted away. Rick believed God was in control and that Amanda would live.

And she did.

Today Amanda is permanently disabled. She requires full-time care. Life will never be the same for this couple. But their marriage has withstood the worst threats possible. They now trust God daily for healing, forgiveness and the restoration of their marriage. They endured past trials and found that God was their refuge. They will face future trials knowing he is their strength. Their marriage has never been stronger.

Whatever long, dark nights you face as a couple, let this passage remind you that God is ever-present, the morning will come, and the battle has already been won.

Jennifer Schuchmann

Let’s Talk
  • This psalm inspired the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” What spiritual fortresses can we build to protect our marriage in times of trials?
  • Recognizing that God is our refuge and our strength during trials means understanding his character before trials occur. What is God really like? How does knowing who he is provide us with strength and refuge?
  • When our world is shaken, how hard is it for us to believe that God is really in control?

LHM Daily Devotion - "Right Gift, Wrong Gift"

 January 21, 2017

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. - James 1:17

It was a number of years ago when our daughter, Kris, moved into a new apartment.

Wishing to provide a bit of beauty to her new digs, Pam picked out a beautiful orchid as a housewarming present. Kris was most pleased and set the flower in a prominent position on her kitchen table. The flower stayed in that prominent spot for a good four or five hours. Sadly, the orchid was demoted when it became miserably apparent that Kris was terribly allergic to the thing.

If she got close, she would begin to sneeze, her voice got raspy, and her eyes would puff up. When the plant (or Kris) was moved to the safe distance of another room, all symptoms would begin to retreat.

The plant had been a good gift, a well-intentioned gift, but it was still the wrong gift.

Pam and I are not alone in the presenting of wrong gifts.

A few weeks ago Texas Governor Greg Abbott visited with the President of Taiwan. As is customary at such meetings, the two exchanged presents. The President of Taiwan gave a vase and the Governor of Texas, in ignorance, gave a clock.

I say "in ignorance" because the good Governor did not know that in Chinese and Taiwanese tradition, giving a clock also conveys the end of a relationship, the termination of someone's life, a curse which symbolizes an unexpected ending for the individual who has received the timepiece.

The clock had been a good gift, a well-intentioned gift, but it was still the wrong gift.

Two thousand years ago, our Heavenly Father sent His only Son into this world as the greatest Gift this sinful planet would ever receive. It had been entrusted to Jesus to keep the Law, resist every temptation, and then carry our sins to the cross, where He would be unfairly and unjustly crucified.

Sadly, the people who were among the first recipients took one look at God's Gift and they rejected it. They called God's Son a "liar," a "devil," a "Samaritan," and a "false prophet." Most rejected Him out of hand and more than a few plotted and took part in His martyrdom.

Yes, Jesus was murdered, but three days after His burial, He rose from the dead and showed Himself to a world that would never again be the same. His resurrection told all who hear that Jesus was a good Gift, a well-intentioned Gift, and He was the right Gift, which moves lost souls from hell to heaven.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, the world still wishes to make Jesus into a wrong gift. May their minds and hearts be opened to the perfection and commitment the Savior brought to His mission to save us. This I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen

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Our Daily Bread - Abandon It All

Read: Romans 12:1–8 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 1–3; Matthew 14:1–21

I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1)

When I played college basketball, I made a conscious decision at the beginning of each season to walk into that gym and dedicate myself totally to my coach—doing whatever he might ask me to do.

It would not have benefited my team for me to announce, “Hey, Coach! Here I am. I want to shoot baskets and dribble the ball, but don’t ask me to run laps, play defense, and get all sweaty!”

Every successful athlete has to trust the coach enough to do whatever the coach asks them to do for the good of the team.

In Christ, we are to become God’s “living sacrifice” (Rom. 12:1). We say to our Savior and Lord: “I trust You. Whatever You want me to do, I am willing.” Then He “transforms” us by renewing our minds to focus on the things that please Him.

It’s helpful to know that God will never call on us to do something for which He has not already equipped us. As Paul reminds us, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us” (v. 6).

Knowing that we can trust God with our lives, we can abandon ourselves to Him, strengthened by the knowledge that He created us and is helping us to make this effort in Him.

Heavenly Father, no one deserves our sacrifice and dedication more than You. Help us to realize the joy that comes from abandoning ourselves to You.

There is no risk in abandoning ourselves to God.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - Dedicar todo

Leer: Romanos 12:1-8 | La Biblia en un año: Mateo 14:1-21

Así que, hermanos, os ruego por las misericordias de Dios, que presentéis vuestros cuerpos en sacrificio vivo… (Romanos 12:1).

Cuando jugaba baloncesto en la universidad, cada año, al empezar la temporada, tomaba la seria decisión de ir al gimnasio y dedicarme por completo a mi entrenador… es decir, hacer todo lo que me pidiera.

Al equipo no lo habría beneficiado que yo hubiese dicho: «¡Oye, entrenador! Acá estoy. Quiero lanzar la pelota al aro y driblar, ¡pero no me pidas que corra, que juegue en la defensa ni que sude!».

Todo deportista exitoso tiene que confiar en su entrenador lo suficiente como para hacer todo lo que este le pida para beneficio del equipo.

En Cristo, debemos convertirnos en un «sacrificio vivo» (Romanos 12:1). Le decimos a nuestro Salvador y Señor: «Confío en ti. Estoy dispuesto a hacer todo lo que me pidas». Entonces, Él nos transforma renovando nuestra mente para que nos concentremos en las cosas que le agradan.

Es útil saber que el Señor nunca nos pedirá que hagamos algo para lo cual no nos haya primeramente equipado. Como nos recuerda Pablo: «Ya que tenemos diferentes dones, […] [usémoslos] conforme a la medida de la fe» (v. 6).

Podemos confiarle nuestra vida a Dios y dedicarnos a Él, ya que nos fortalece saber que nos creó y que nos ayuda a hacer lo que nos pide.

Señor, tú mereces más que nadie nuestro sacrificio y dedicación. Ayúdame a comprender que la consagración a ti trae gozo.

Consagrarnos a Dios no implica ningún riesgo.

© 2017 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Ganze Hingabe

Lesen: Römer 12,1-8 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 2.Mose 1-3; Matthäus 14,1-21

Ich ermahne euch nun, liebe Brüder, durch die Barmherzigkeit Gottes, dass ihr eure Leiber hingebt als ein Opfer, das lebendig . . . ist. (Römer 12,1)

Als ich Basketball spielte, habe ich mir jede Saison ganz bewusst vorgenommen, mich konsequent den Anweisungen des Trainers zu unterstellen, sobald ich die Sporthalle betrete—egal, was er von mir verlangen würde.

Ich hätte dem Team nicht sehr genutzt, wenn ich gesagt hätte: „He, Trainer, hier bin ich. Ich will Körbe schießen und Dribbeln, aber erwarte nicht von mir, dass ich Pässe spiele, verteidige oder ins Schwitzen gerate!“

Jeder erfolgreiche Sportler muss dem Trainer so weit vertrauen, dass er zum Besten der Mannschaft alles tut, worum der Trainer ihn bittet.

In Jesus sollen wir zu einem „lebendigen Opfer“ Gottes werden (Röm. 12,1) Wir sagen zu unserem Herrn und Heiland: „Ich vertraue dir. Ich tue alles, was du von mir verlangst.“ Dann „ändert“ er uns, indem er unsere Sinne so erneuert, dass sie sich auf das konzentrieren, was ihm gefällt.

Dabei hilft es zu wissen, dass Gott uns nie zu etwas berufen wird, zu dem er uns nicht schon vorher fähig gemacht hat. Paulus sagt das so: „[Wir] haben verschiedene Gaben nach der Gnade, die uns gegeben ist“ (V.6).

Weil wir wissen, dass wir Gott unser Leben anvertrauen können, können wir uns ihm ganz hingeben. Dabei stärkt uns die Gewissheit, dass er uns geschaffen hat und uns dabei hilft, für ihn zu wirken.

Himmlischer Vater, niemand hat unser Opfer und unsere Hingabe mehr verdient als du. Lass uns erkennen, wie froh es macht, sich dir ganz hinzugeben.

Es ist kein Risiko, sich Gott ganz hinzugeben.

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Итак, умоляю вас, братья, милосердием Божиим: представьте тела ваши в жертву живую. — Римлянам 12:1

Играя в баскетбол в колледже, я принял твердое решение: на каждой тренировке во всем слушаться тренера. Что бы он ни поручил – я буду беспрекословно выполнять.

Едва ли моя команда выиграла бы, если бы я заявил: «Эй, тренер! Вот он я. Теперь поставьте меня забивать мячи в корзину, а бегать по кругу, играть в защите и потеть я не хочу!»

Каждый успешный спортсмен должен доверять тренеру и во всем его слушаться. Это послужит успеху всей команды.

Во Христе мы призваны стать «живой жертвой» Богу (Рим. 12:1). Мы говорим нашему Господу и Спасителю: «Я верю Тебе. Куда бы Ты меня ни послал – я все сделаю». В этом случае Он будет «преображать» нас, обновляя ум и направляя на угодные Ему дела.

Полезно помнить, что Бог никогда не призовет нас на то, к чему заранее не приготовил. Как напоминает Павел, мы «имеем различные дарования» (Рим. 12:6).

Зная, что Богу можно доверить жизнь, отвергнем себя ради Него и укрепимся истиной, что Он сотворил нас и помогает во всяком труде во славу Его.

Отче Небесный, никто не заслуживает нашей жертвы и посвящения больше, чем Ты. Помоги нам познать радость, которая приходит от самоотверженности ради Тебя.

Нет риска в том, чтобы отказаться от себя ради Бога.

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный

Notre Pain Quotidien - Tout abandonner

Je vous exhorte donc, frères, par les compassions de Dieu, à offrir vos corps comme un sacrifice vivant. (Romains 12.1)

Lorsque je jouais dans l’équipe de basketball de mon université, je prenais consciemment la décision en début de chaque saison d’entrer dans le gymnase en me consacrant entièrement à mon entraîneur, résolu à faire tout ce qu’il demanderait de moi.

Il n’aurait pas été avantageux pour mon équipe que j’annonce : « Hé, entraîneur ! Je suis là. Je veux faire des tirs au panier et des dribbles, mais ne me demande pas de courir des longueurs, de jouer à la défense et de suer comme un porc ! »

Tout athlète accompli se doit de faire assez confiance à son entraîneur pour faire tout ce que celui‑ci demandera de lui pour le bien de l’équipe.

En Christ, il nous faut devenir chacun « un sacrifice vivant » (RO 12.1), lui disant : « Je te fais confiance. Tout ce que tu me demanderas de faire, je le ferai. » Puis il nous « transformera » en renouvelant notre esprit afin de l’axer sur les choses qui lui sont agréables.

Il est utile de savoir que Dieu ne nous appellera jamais à faire une chose sans nous avoir déjà rendus aptes à l’accomplir. Comme Paul nous le rappelle, « nous avons des dons différents, selon la grâce qui nous a été accordée » (V. 6).

Sachant que nous pouvons confier notre vie à Dieu, abandonnons‑nous donc à lui, fortifiés par la connaissance du fait qu’il nous a créés et qu’il nous aidera à tout réussir en lui.

Il n’y a aucun risque à s’abandonner à Dieu.

© 2017 Ministères NPQ