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Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in Acts 1:15-26.
Judas' evil betrayal of Jesus did not surprise You (16), and You sovereignly used Judas' evil choice to accomplish Your redemption of the world. Don't let me be unsettled by evils against me because they don't surprise You and You can use them for the salvation of many. Make me a witness to Christ's resurrection today (22).
Make the life of the resurrected Jesus as undeniable to any who spend time with me as it was for His disciples who saw Him directly (3). Thank You that Your promised Spirit has come (4) so that I may have the power to proclaim the gospel everywhere (8).
Today's time letting our thinking be shaped by truth is in John 21:20-25.
When You choose to glorify Yourself through my hardship, don't let me long for another's easy life. Help me simply to follow You (20-22). Thank You that Your Word is true (24) and that You are always doing wonderful things (25). Open my eyes to what You are doing today.
Help me love Jesus more than "all else" (15). You require my committed love, not just my convenient love (19). Let me show my love in the way I feed and care for those in Christ's body, in the way I live to display His greatness, and in the way I follow Him (15-19).
Today's time being shaped more like Jesus is in John 21:1-14.
Make my earthly work unfruitful when I seek satisfaction in it rather than in the kingdom work which brings far more joy (1-3). Cause me to obey, trusting Your methods even when they don't make sense (5-11). You satisfy all my needs. Help me trust that (12-13).
Today's life-transforming truth is in John 20:24-31.
Don't allow me to stop telling others that Jesus is alive. Don't let me put stipulations on my belief in Jesus (25). Thank You for the peace that Your presence brings (26). Thank You for proving Yourself to be my Lord and God (27). Ground my faith in the truth of Your Word (31).
Today's time shaped by the Word is in John 20:11-18
Father, break my heart when I begin to feel separated from Jesus (11). Thank You for calling my name so I can know You as my teacher (16). Make me faithful to go and remind my faith family that Jesus is alive and ruling with You (17).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in John 20:1-10.
Get me up early, out of love for Christ, to take care of Christ's body, the Church (1). Increase my love for Jesus today so that I long to run to Him (4). Give me the courage of Peter rather than the speed of John (4-8). Don't let me give up seeking when Jesus' presence is not obvious to me (10).