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Friday, September 30, 2016

God's Masterpiece

September 30

Daily Bible Reading: Ephesians 2

Verse of the Day: Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.”

Ποίημα. The Greek word used here for “workmanship” is used only two times in the New Testament, both times by Paul. The word literally means that which has been made or a work. It is the word from which we get our English word “poem”. It indicates a masterpiece. In days past, a young person would be apprenticed to a Master craftsman. When they had finished their education under them they had to produce a piece of work that displayed their knowledge and skill (think Doctrinal Thesis). This was their “masterpiece.”

Here Paul tells us that we are God’s masterpiece. We are His crowning work through Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I display to the world around me a pleasing picture of Your masterful work done in me through Your grace and finished work of Your Son Jesus. I praise You for what You have finished in me. Amen.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

His Will Be Done

September 29

Daily Bible Reading: Ephesians 1

Verse of the Day: Ephesians 1:9 – “making known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him”

The mystery of His will. The word translated “mystery” in the NT it denotes, not the mysterious (as with the English word), but that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by Divine revelation, and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by His Spirit. In the ordinary sense, a "mystery" implies knowledge withheld; its Scriptural significance is truth revealed.

The Will of God had been hidden or obscure, but through Jesus Christ it has been manifested for all to see. In the preceding verses (7 and 8) Paul spells out what that Will is.

Prayer: Jesus, great Revealer of God and His Will, may I spend time with You today gaining insight and wisdom in Your will and purpose in my life. I seek to fulfill what You have purposed for me in this world. Amen.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today is Unique

September 28

Daily Bible Reading: Galatians 6

Verse of the Day: Galatians 6:10 – “So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith.”

As you read this today, consider this: today is unique, it has never happened before and it will never happen again. At midnight tonight it will cease to exist. Quietly, without fanfare, and completely. 

However, the hours between when you read this and the end of today are hours filled with opportunities and many possibilities. God wants you to live this day to the fullest. He wants you to have the abundance that He can give as we follow His leading.

We need to seek ways to serve, minister, and love not only our fellow believers today, but also the unbelievers God places in our path. Plan to let God surprise you with these opportunities today.

Prayer: Father, overwhelm me with the ways that I can serve my fellow human beings with Your Love and care. Amen.

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