Welcome to the Whyte House Family Devotion #172 (Short Version)
SING “GLORIA PATRI”
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:
World without end. Amen.
John Piper said, “God created me—and you—to live with a single, all-embracing, all-transforming passion—namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life.”
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Dr. Thomas Constable writes in his Expository Notes on the Bible, “The word for ‘boldness’ is made up of two words meaning ‘all’ and ‘speech.’ It signifies the attitude when one is completely at home and the words flow freely. Thus it may mean ‘outspokenness,’ or ‘frankness.’ When a person is speaking in this way, he or she is not in the least afraid, and thus the expression comes to signify ‘boldly.’ Note that Paul did not ask them to pray for his comfort or safety, but for the effectiveness of his witness and ministry. The ‘mystery of the gospel’ (i.e., God’s provision of salvation through Jesus Christ) needed defending in Rome because the Romans viewed Christianity as simply a sect within Judaism.”
DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 80:11-15
11 She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.
12 Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her?
13 The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.
14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;
15 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.
PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
President Donald Trump and his administration
Each member of the White House staff
Leaders of federal agencies
All members of Congress
All governors, mayors, police chiefs, and sheriffs
All military leaders
The leaders of all nations around the world
The peace of Jerusalem
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
– For all pastors, church leaders, denominational leaders, Bible teachers, missionaries, and ministry workers.
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For the comfort of the families and church family of the 26 people killed in the mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX
– For comfort, protection, provision, and salvation for the people of Vietnam where over 40 have died from a devastating typhoon
PRAYER FOR THE MEDIA
please guide and protect her son from all harm and make him a better person; give her husband strength to face challenges at work, touch the hearts of Janice and Susan to treat everyone fairly and not terminate him; have Tiffany to be offered a better position at work if that is Your will
please bless the National Women and Youth Conferences and eradicate drought and famine from Africa and all other parts of the world; have the sorcerer in their town to come to know Jesus Christ as Saviour
for his father’s recovery from a stroke and minor memory loss; restore his health and give him a long and peaceful life.
THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SAVED
THOSE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “The Reason for Everything (Part 6)” from “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren
We bring God glory by becoming like Christ. Once we are born into God’s family, he wants us to grow to spiritual maturity. What does that look like? Spiritual maturity is becoming like Jesus in the way we think, feel, and act. The more you develop Christ-like character, the more you will bring glory to God. The Bible says, “As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.”
God gave you a new life and a new nature when you accepted Christ. Now, for the rest of your life on earth, God wants to continue the process of changing your character. The Bible says, “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation-those good things that are produced in your life by Jesus Christ for this will bring much glory and praise to God.”
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!