1 Samuel 15:1-16:23
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shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship
or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither
height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to
separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
we believe Jesus is the Christ, and because we trust him to keep his
promises, we live with confidence. Paul was convinced that nothing
could separate him from the love of Christ, and because of this he was
able to face suffering, persecution, powers, mysteries, and
Response and Action:
want to grow in my faith in Jesus Christ. I want to trust him so
completely that I live with confidence. I want to heed his instruction,
follow in his steps, and know his promises so well that I am convinced
of his faithfulness and love toward me. I want my choices, routines,
ambitions, and confidence to be a testimony of my experience and faith
O God, help me to
know Jesus for who he really is. Give me eyes that see and ears that
hear. Help me to follow him with all my heart, soul, mind, and
strength. Help me to experience his presence and his power so completely
that I am totally convinced about his love and his promises for me.
Thank you for the Scriptures that give me such a clear picture of
Jesus--showing me his actions and recounting his words. I want to know
Christ, the power of his resurrection, and the certainty of his love
and provision. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
by Eugene Peterson