Galatians 2:20 – The Great Participation

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 ESV)

Has the practice of your faith seemed dry, repetitive and possibly ritualistic? Do you find yourself saying statements like “I need to go to church”, “I need to do my devotional” or “I have to go through Scripture today?” Over-emphasis on the “I” can lead us down a path that paints the Christian life as being something that we need to initiate and activate on our own. “We need to be self-starters in our walk with Christ” are what these statements are suggesting. In thinking this way it is easy to become frustrated, spiritually defunct, and isolated. Instead, a better way to view our spiritual life is that it needs to be activated.

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1 Corinthians 2:1-2 – Nothing But Jesus

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:1-2 ESV)

A word of admonition to us all: don’t be a “wannabe” theologian! Paul was straightforward with the church in Corinth. He didn’t use philosophically charged speech or yammer on endlessly, he cut straight to the source of life, Jesus. As Christians, we should be all about Him. We should wake up with a craving to be like Jesus everyday and we should long to walk as He walked. But how exactly did He walk?

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1 Timothy 2:7 – The Christian Consumer

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. (2 Timothy 2:7 ESV)

Our lives today have become pretty easy. We don’t know what it means to wait for something anymore. If you want food, simply go to a fast food joint. If you want a new record, click a link on your computer instead of waiting in line at a record store. If you want to know what a friend is doing, text them instead of calling or check out their facebook/twitter page. We have became a people who consume food, entertainment, news, and so on.

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