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Today’s reading is Acts 7: 1-20 We see in today’s reading is the beginning of Stephen’s sermons before the religious leaders. We see that he has been arrested and is drug before them. Here, he begins to preach. His intent is … Continue reading
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Yesterday I shared with you a prayer from Rev. Billy Graham for New Year’s Eve. Today, I’d like to share a prayer with you from another of my spiritual heroes, John Wesley. While Wesley didn’t write this prayer, he did use it, and encouraged others to use it as a prayer and a covenant to begin each New Year.
It’s a prayer that I dearly love, and one that I try to read again, at the beginning of each New Year, as a reminder of what really counts and is important.
Please join me this year, in doing our very best to give all that we are, each day, the Gracious Lover of our Souls.
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
My this covenant prayer be our desire each new day.
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One of the things we talk about a lot in church/faith/religion is the notion that we need to be faithful to God.
We should stand up for God. Do right. Do what God wants!
And all of these notions are right and true. All of these notions are for real. We should do each of these things. But, thankful, for us, faithfulness is a two-way street.
Listen to what God says today in Genesis 9: 8-12:
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations
God is a God of covenant and remembrance. God is a God that remembers His promise to us. He will be faithful to His word.
What is that word? Here in Genesis specifically it’s that He won’t flood the earth again. But, that’s not His only promise.
He promised to never leave nor forsake us. He promised to forgive us our sins. He promised to always be by us and by our side. He promised to be our rock and our shield.
He promised to be our salvation.
He is true to what He said He will do.
He is faithful.
Today, may we be faithful to God in all our lives. And may we know, even more so, that He will be faithful to us.
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