Readings 20150123

The following reflection is courtesy of PresentationMinistries.com (c) 2015. Their website is located at PresentationMinistries.com

THE COST OF DISUNITY

“They were likewise to have authority to expel demons.” —Mark 3:15
Jesus created His Church and gave it the power to expel demons (Mk 3:15). Yesterday was the forty-second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion. We are authorized to be the Church Militant and drive out the demons of abortion. From the present state of affairs, however, the demons of abortion seem to have driven us out of power. Planned Parenthood and others who promote the abortion agenda must snicker at the seeming weakness of the Body of Christ. It’s a poor witness to the world that the Body of Christ on earth, authorized by Jesus to be so mighty, seemingly exercises so little power over evil.

Ironically, the anniversary of legalized abortion is observed during this week of prayer for Christian unity. The teaching of the Catholic Church is united in truth on abortion; however, the Church’s members are not united, much less all the members of Christian denominations. We have a civil war going on in our heart (Jas 4:1; Jer 17:9). If the New Covenant were truly written on our hearts (Heb 8:10), we wouldn’t be so splintered and divided. If we followed God’s New Covenant and lived as His royal people (Heb 8:10), we wouldn’t so readily allow millions of pre-born babies to be murdered.

“Today, if you should hear His voice, harden not your hearts” (Heb 3:7-8; Ps 95:7-8). Repent! “Open wide your hearts” (2 Cor 6:13). Let the Holy Spirit work on your heart as He wishes (see Rm 5:5).

Prayer: “My heart is ready, God, my heart is ready” (Ps 57:7, JB). Promise: “I will forgive their evildoing, and their sins I will remember no more.” —Heb 8:12 Praise: After nursing a grudge and judging his in-laws for seventeen years, John repented and forgave them. (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
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The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2015, whose website is located at DailyScripture.net
What is God’s call on your life? When Jesus embarked on his mission he chose twelve men for the task of preaching the kingdom of God and healing the sick in the power of that kingdom. In the choice of the twelve, we see a characteristic feature of God’s work: Jesus chose very ordinary people. They were non-professionals, who had no wealth or position. They were chosen from the common people who did ordinary things, had no special education, and no social advantages. Jesus wanted ordinary people who could take an assignment and do it extraordinarily well. He chose these men, not for what they were, but for what they would be capable of becoming under his direction and power.
When the Lord calls us to serve, we must not shrug back because we think that we have little or nothing to offer. The Lord takes what ordinary people, like us, can offer and uses it for greatness in his kingdom. Do you make your life an offering to the Lord and allow him to use you as he sees fit?

“Lord Jesus, fill me with gratitude and generosity for all you have done for me. Take my life and all that I have as an offering of love for you, who are my All.”

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