Daily Devotion Friday, September 20

Friday, September 20, 2013 – Psalm 60; 2 Kings 1:2-17; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 and Matthew 5:11-16

1 Corinthians 3:16-23 – 16Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

Matthew 5:11-16 – 13“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

14“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

Here are three things to write upon your heart and soul.

You are God’s temple and God’s Spirit dwells in you. Wow!

You are the salt of the earth. Wow!

You are the light of the world.  Wow!

Simply sit with each of those statements for a while. Let each one sink deep within you.

One thought that came to me is that we are more like the sun than the moon. Why or how? Well, the moon only reflects the sun’s light. The sun generates light from within itself. We are the light of the world. God’s light originates from within us, for we are God’s temple and God’s Spirit dwells in us. Wow!

All this sure makes me want to take better care of the body God has given unto me and to focus upon God’s Spirit that resides in me and shines through me. There are many times when I put a blanket or bushel basket over God’s light by focusing upon things of this world instead of focusing upon God. I also cover God’s light as I let the worries of the day come over me.

Today, I’m going to seek to get in some exercise, even on this rainy day and fuel God’s fire that is within me, so that God’s light can shine through what I think, say and do.

Psalm 60 – You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us;
you have been angry—now restore us!
You have shaken the land and torn it open;
mend its fractures, for it is quaking.
You have shown your people desperate times;

I can hear people in Colorado and Mexico praying this prayer. Floods are so destructive and hard to clean up from. May God be raising up many volunteers even now to help in the clean-up and rebuilding process. Many will not be in their homes again until maybe Spring or even later. O God, be with them all, give them shelter and watch over them. Amen.

My prayers continue to go out to all those helping with the flooding in Colorado and Mexico. I give thanks for first responders and those already planning to go in and help very, very soon. I think of the Mennonites, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Convoy of Hope, Salvation Army, Red Cross and others. May God guide them all in their important work. What you and I can do at this time is help fill the GAP by Giving $’s, Acting – helping fill disaster buckets for the next major storm/disaster and Praying.

O God help me be your light unto others this day. Use me to show another your grace, peace and love. Guide me in ways that I can help even now with the devastation in Colorado and Mexico. Amen.

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