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Oct 9

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the opportunity to visit my middle son today, and please bless my other sons with your presence and care in their lives. Please also bring my daughter either a mate or an idea what she wants to do for her future. Or both. Thank you for your awesome care of all of us, Lord, and thank you for keeping us all safe and healthy.

 
James 4:5-17 ERV

Do you think the Scriptures mean nothing? The Scriptures say, “The Spirit God made to live in us wants us only for himself.”
But the kindness God shows is greater. As the Scripture says, “God is against the proud, but he is kind to the humble.”
So give yourselves to God. Stand against the devil, and he will run away from you.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. You are sinners, so clean sin out of your lives. You are trying to follow God and the world at the same time. Make your thinking pure.
Be sad, be sorry, and cry! Change your laughter into crying. Change your joy into sadness.
Be humble before the Lord, and he will make you great.
Brothers and sisters, don’t say anything against each other. If you criticize your brother or sister in Christ or judge them, you are criticizing and judging the law they follow. And when you are judging the law, you are not a follower of the law. You have become a judge.
God is the one who gave us the law, and he is the Judge. He is the only one who can save and destroy. So it is not right for you to judge anyone.
Some of you say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to some city. We will stay there a year, do business, and make money.” Listen, think about this:
You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Your life is like a fog. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away.
So you should say, “If the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that.”
But now you are proud and boast about yourself. All such boasting is wrong.
If you fail to do what you know is right, you are sinning.

 
Lord, I thank you for the Spirit’s devotion to us, and pray that you help us be more devoted to you and to your Spirit! Help us to be humble, yet bold enough to draw near to you, to come before you as your children. Help us to build each other up, rather than tear each other down. Teach us how to help each other and encourage each other, and to avoid being stumblingblocks to others and their faith. Help us to trust you, Lord — help us to know your voice and your heart, so that we may respond to your call and do things your way, in your timing. And help us to accept the peace and joy you offer us, Lord, rather than trying to figure out if we deserve it or should “indulge” in it or not. Amen!

 

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