Devotion Day 83 - Through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 83 – Galatians 3:26 – Colossians 4:18 (Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians)

Here is a prayer that I pray regarding my ministry, my daily devotions, and the Reading through the Bible in 90 days.

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17b-19)

We hear a similar thought in Colossians 2:7; “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Rooted and established in God’s love. I live in an area where the ground is so rocky that the tree roots are just below the surface. They go down, but then run just below the surface. This gives the trees enough nourishment and water but when major winds come their way, over they can go. So, my hope and prayer for all of us is that daily we sink our roots deeper, and deeper, and deeper into God’s grace and love so that when the struggles of life come our way we can withstand them for we are fully and deeply rooted in God.

The following is a key passage from Philippians but also from the whole of God’s word.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

In the Gospels we heard our Lord saying to his disciples and to us; “Whoever wants to be great, must be the servant of all.” See Matthew 20:26; 23:11; Mark 9:35& 36; 10: 43 & 44; and Luke 22:26. Truly our Lord was great because he was a servant and gave his life for all. So we are called to a life of being a servant as well; servant of God and a servant of others. Good reminder for all of us.

O Christ, may I be rooted and grounded in you, the one who truly was the greatest servant of all. Help me be your servant even this day. Amen.

Next set of readings; Day 84 – 1st Thessalonians 1:1 – Philemon 25 (Philemon is only one chapter long.) So we’ll be reading 1st & 2nd Thessalonians; 1st and 2nd Timothy; Titus and Philemon all short books of the Bible.

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