Prayer Topic for Today:


LIVING SACRIFICE -

Romans 12:1 (NIV)

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship."

SONG: "Living Sacrifice"


Movie: "God's Compass"


Today's Bible Reading Scriptures


  • Day 297
  • BEGINNERS -
  • Isaiah Chapters 28-30
  • Day 49
  • ADVANCE -
  • Exodus 39:1-40:38
  • Mark 1:1-28
  • Psalms 35:1-16
  • Proverbs 9:11-12
  • Day 35
  • CHRONOLOGICAL -
  • Nehemiah Chapters 1-2, 4 and 6




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Daily Devotional
Saturday, January 21, 2017


                    ABANDON IT ALL

Abandon It All

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship."

Romans 12:1 (NIV)

When I played college basketball, I made a conscious decision at the beginning of each season to walk into that gym and dedicate myself totally to my coach—doing whatever he might ask me to do.

It would not have benefited my team for me to announce, “Hey, Coach! Here I am. I want to shoot baskets and dribble the ball, but don’t ask me to run laps, play defense, and get all sweaty!”

Every successful athlete has to trust the coach enough to do whatever the coach asks him to do for the good of the team.

In Christ, we are to become God’s “living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1). We say to our Savior and Lord: “I trust You. Whatever You want me to do, I am willing.” Then He “transforms” us by renewing our minds to focus on the things that please Him.

It’s helpful to know that God will never call on us to do something for which He has not already equipped us. As Paul reminds us, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us ...” (verse 6).

Knowing that we can trust God with our lives, we can abandon ourselves to Him, strengthened by the knowledge that He created us and is helping us to make this effort in Him.

PRAYER:
Heavenly Father, no one deserves our sacrifice and dedication more than You. Help us to realize the joy that comes from abandoning ourselves to You and help us trust there is no risk in abandoning ourselves to You.

INSIGHT:
In many ways, Paul’s letter to the Romans is the most theological of his epistles. Yet it is also intensely personal and wonderfully practical. The first eleven chapters of Romans describe God’s grace and how it relates to our rescue from sin and restoration to God. This is the heavily doctrinal portion of the letter, but it is also marked by encouraging and comforting words of the depth of God’s care for us. Chapters 12–15 bring us the practical implications of the teaching of Romans 1–11. The call to be "living sacrifices", exercise spiritual gifts, and so on, all find their basis in the work of Christ that has brought us back to God.

By Dave Branon 

Please say this Prayer of Faith if you want or need more of God in your life:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I repent and come before you just as I am, with all my sins and faults. I confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I believe in my heart that you sent your Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for me and on the third day you raised him from the dead. I thank you Lord, for receiving me now, forgiving me, healing me, protecting me, making my life brand new, and for writing my name in the book of life.
In the powerful name of Jesus I pray. Amen.