December 16, Monday

Today’s AMI QT Devotional, prepared by the staff at Remnant Church Westside (NYC), was originally posted on September 10, 2013. 

 

Devotional Thought for Today

Look to Him—Not Your Phone!

Psalm 86:8-13

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. 9 All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. 10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. 11 Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. 12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. 13 For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

In the midst of the influences and voices of this world (mostly through your smartphone), this psalm reminds us that it is only God and God alone who is worthy of worship. The psalmist extols the greatness of God, but he doesn’t end there.  He responds to his understanding of who God is by crying out to God for instruction and guidance so that he may continue to glorify the Lord. 

When God opens our eyes to see more of Him, what should our response be? Is it to simply acknowledge the glory of the Lord as a mental concept, or to feel a sense of emotional wonder? While these are good and proper reactions to the revelation of God’s glory and wonder, the psalmist understands that this revelation of God should lead us to a deeper relationship with God. 

This morning, God is reminding us that His works are wonderful and His name is glorious. As our response to this great truth, may we not just check this truth off our mental list, but let us ask the Lord to teach us how to walk this day in a deeper relationship with Him.  Look to Him, not your phone.  

Prayer: Lord, You have said that You have drawn me with an everlasting love, with loving-kindness. Oh Lord, You love with kindness and have captured my heart, for You always hope in me.  I see my brokenness, yet You say I am lovely.  I see my faults, and You see my righteousness. I see my failures and You see unlimited potential that I have in You. Your kindness stuns me and I confess that You are the Mighty One who created all. Thank you Lord Jesus!

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 65


Lunch Break Study

Read Philippians 2:1-2: “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”

Background tidbit: The word participation is the Greek word koinonia. As mentioned last week, this word is commonly translated fellowship.

Questions to Consider

  1. How should you pray, according to verse 1, for your church and for AMI?  
  2. What are some things about your church that make you joyful? How do they compare to the kinds of things that would make Paul’s joy complete?
  3. What do you think “being of the same mind” mean?  

Notes

  1. We should pray that the people in our ministries would be encouraged in Christ, comforted through love and affection, and experience the power of the Holy Spirit!
  2. The apostle Paul is joyful, and he mentions that his joy can be even greater as the church grows in unity! He states their common experiences in Christ as the basis for this unity.
  3. “Same mind” doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be differences of opinions, but rather, it is having a common attitude of working together and serving each other.

Note that these verses are contained in a conditional if-then structure. The contents of the response (v. 2) are to be the result of the validity of the conditions (v. 1). One could say that a great level of grace and forgiveness is needed to experience such unity.  And Christ gives us abundance of grace and forgiveness as we trust and walk with Him.


Evening Reflection

Tonight, declare that this Almighty God, powerful and kind, will be the Lord of your life. Ask Him to strength those weak areas of your life that need transforming.

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