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Day Five: “If My People…Beyond the Facades”

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Titus 3:1-8 (NIV)

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

We live among those whose identities and destinies are not rooted in God’s love and salvation.  They struggle and they often hide it behind many facades and fantasies.  But we, as those whom God has saved in His love and mercy, we can be the ones who see beyond the facades of identities and destinies and help them see and experience God’s mercy and love for them.  How do you identify those around you…“be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.” May we live out of the Lord’s mercy and see them as He sees them and loves them.

Let’s look beyond the façade of those around us, and as the lyrics from the worship song “Hosanna” sings:

Heal my heart and make it clean

Open up my eyes to the things unseen

Show me how to love like You have loved me

Break my heart for what breaks Yours

Everything I am for Your kingdom’s cause

As I walk from earth into eternity

May this be our prayer & song.

Day Four: “If My People…Identified, Destined, and Filled”

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Day Three: “If My People…Reversing Destinies”

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Day Two: “If My People…Life Can Be A Pain”

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Day One: “If My People…You are Mine”

Monday, September 1st, 2014