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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 reminded of Christ is in Acts 15:6-21.
Thank You for washing my heart clean by grace, through faith (9,11). Don't let me burden others with my own thoughts on how to be holiest (10). Help me to understand my current situation in light of the wisdom of mature believers as validated by Scripture (13-14).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is from Acts 15:1-5.
Don't let me ever think that there is anything I can do to be saved more than what Christ already did for me (1). Give me the joy of helping others come to know Jesus (3-4). Help me not become discouraged by those who demand more of me than You do (1,5).
Today, be reminded of our kingdom building mission from Acts 14:23-28.
Help me to equip others who will equip still others by Your enabling (23). Help me finish the work you saved me to do (26). Don't let me keep what You do through me to myself (27). Let me celebrate and enjoy life with Your people (28).
Today's time being reminded of whose we are is in Acts 14:21-22.
Help me to understand and expect that "it is necessary to go through many troubles on our way to the kingdom of God" so I will be willing to share Jesus, even in a place where I was abused for it (22).
Today's time being conformed to the image of Chist is in Acts 14:8-20.
Lord, let others marvel at Your power at work in and through me (11-13). Keep me humbly pointing to You, the one true God (14-15). Surround me with followers of Jesus when I am beat down so I can get up to keep serving You (20).
Today's time being shaped by the Word is in Acts 14:1-7.
Make me consistent in sharing Your message wherever I go (1). Help me really understand why Paul and Barnabas would stay in Iconium because they had been opposed (2-3). When opposed, help me rely on You and speak with courage (3). Don't let me stop evangelizing (7).
Today's time having our minds purified by the Word is in Acts 13:42-52.
Create a hunger in people so they beg to hear Your gospel and whole towns gather to hear Your Word (42-44). Even if I am opposed, slandered, and kicked out for sharing Jesus, fill me with Your joy and control me by Your Spirit as I go to share with those who want to hear (45-52).
Use me today to encourage Your people (15) with reminders that You chose us, You sustain and bless us, You display Your power to us (17), You are patient with us (18), You are faithful to Your promises (19, 34), and You have saved us in Jesus (23-41).
Help me to do what the Spirit "sends" me to do today and say exactly what I should as "filled" by the Spirit (4,9) so that those who are seeking You will see how blind those people are who reject Jesus, and the seekers will be saved (10-12).
Today we submit our lives to the Lord's truth in Acts 12:18-25.
Forgive me for the pride of wanting people to notice me for what I wear and say instead of the righteousness and truth You have clothed me with (21). Both have hindered the increase of Your rule in my heart and my world (24).
Today's tie being reminded of truth by God's Word is in Acts 12:11-18.
Don't let my lack of faith cause me to miss it when You answer my prayers (11-16). Make me ready to declare how You have worked in my life (17). Don't let me minimize how much You value the gospel continuing to be shared (18-19-You allowed soldiers to die so Peter could keep sharing).
Today's time being made by the Word to live more like Jesus is in Acts 12:1-10.
Even if my life be taken, no one can take the eternal life I have in You (1-2). Though I be stripped of my my earthly liberty, I am forever free to love and obey You (3-6, 8-10). Though I be in the darkest place of my life, Your light shines into and out of me (7). Help me live today by faith, not by my experience.
Today's time shaped by Scripture is in Acts 11:27-30.
You know exactly what is going to happen in my life (27-29). Just as you put Paul and Barnabas in a place from which they could help believers affected by a famine (29), use me where you put me today to care for Your people.
Today's life-altering Truth is from Acts 11:19-26.
May Your hand use every hardship in my life to spread Jesus (19-21) and to encourage Your people to remain true to You with "firm resolve"(23). Align me with the holiness You gave me in Christ. Control me by Your Spirit today. Help my unbelief (24).
Don't let me be one who argues about what Your law says, but rather what it means (1-3). I follow Your law because You have made me holy (9), not because i hope following it will make me holy. Use me to be Your instrument of salvation to the least likely (14, 18). Don't let me hinder Your work (17).