April 29, Thursday

REPOST Today’s AMI QT Devotional, provided by then (2013) staff of Remnant Westside Church in Manhattan, was first posted on September 17, 2013.  

Devotional Thought for This Morning

“How Do You View God?”

Psalm 89:5-7

Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! 6 For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, 7 a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him?

As the psalmist observes the created work of the heavens, he catches a glimpse of the wonder of God and extols His uniqueness and glory.  In the assembly of the holy ones, God stands apart as the Creator of all.  This revelation, flowing from a critical examination of God’s created work, through the lens of faith, produces amazement and awe.

There is a saying that familiarity breeds contempt. Too many times, we make God too familiar and forget that He is wonderful and amazing. When we take a step back from looking at God through the lens of familiarity and remember that God created the wonders of the sunset, the stars in the sky, the birds of the air, and all of creation with his Word, and yet stoops down and meets with us, we open ourselves to see with more clarity that God is great. 

This morning, our text is calling us to be reawakened to how we view God. Does God seem mundane, ordinary, and familiar? Observe the wonders of creation and let God reveal to you how wonderful He is.

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, I praise you today because you have won me and have broken every chain that I have had. I rejoice in your great Name as my Conqueror, for you, who conquered the grave, have rescued me. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today:  Jeremiah 51


Lunch Break Study

Read Philippians 2:25-30: I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

Questions to Consider

  1. Consider how Paul describes Epaphroditus (v. 25). What does that tell you about Christian partnership?
  2. Contrast the life of Epaphroditus with the teachings of the prosperity gospel.
  3. Is there a specific missionary that you or your church supports? In what ways can you tangible encourage him or her?

Background tidbit:Epaphroditus was a messenger through whom the Philippians sent a financial gift to Paul (Phil. 4:18). He stayed with Paul for a time but returned to Philippi with Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

Notes

  1. As mentioned yesterday, Epaphroditus is set as an example to the Philippians. And here we get a glimpse of how Epaphroditus has been working out his salvation.
  2. Paul highlights in verse 30 that Epaphroditus almost died for the work of Christ, and because of that, Epaphroditus should be honored by the Philippians. Contrary to the health and wealth “gospel,” the loss of life and health, as one seeks to live for the Lord, is not a curse, but rather a commendation worthy of honor and respect!
  3. Personal response

Evening Reflection

Ps. 5:11-12: “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.”

Dear God, I rely on Your presence as my Conqueror, everywhere I go and in everything I do; for You not only rescued me but You stand ahead of me and at my side, guarding, protecting, and looking out for me, as I simply live for Your glory here on the earth.  Jesus, You chose to sacrifice everything, even Your very life in my defense, paying such a great price so that I could live. Thank You! 

Declare what it means for you to always have the great Protector guarding over your life.

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