Jan 20

Daniel Fast Devotion-Day 17

Posted on January 20, 2018 at 11:44 PM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Trust in God
Sunday, January 21, 2018 
Day 17 


Read: Proverbs 3:5-6   

Key Verses: 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 shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. –Proverbs 3:5-8(NKJV)  

Key Words: 
vv. 5-7—Instruction; v.8—Promise   

Thought:  
Many people think that freedom is the license to do whatever a person wants, but true freedom is the ability to do what is right. It takes obedience to have true freedom. A person can sit at a piano and play any keys they want, but he/she does not have freedom, because they can’t play anything but noise. The person is unable to play Bach or even a melody, because it takes time, practice, discipline, and obedience to lesson plans to be truly free at the piano to play. Then, and only then, does one have the freedom to play any piece of music. The same is true of freedom in living. To be truly free, we must have the power and ability to be obedient to God and His word (Green, 2000, p. 156).   

Prayer: 
Pray to God asking Him to help you to be obedient to His instructions as He speaks to you.  Failure to be obedient to God is responsible for many of our unanswered prayers.   

Question: 
1. Has participating in this Fast and being intentional about reflection on scripture helped you hear God’s voice in your life? 


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Jan 20

Daniel Fast Devotion- Day 15

Posted on January 20, 2018 at 11:32 PM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Rest and Wait on the Lord
Friday, January 19, 201
Day 15


Read: Psalm 37:7-8

 

Key Verses: 7-8

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.

–Psalm 37:7-8 (NKJV)

 

Key Words:

vv. 7-8 Rest & Wait on the Lord; Don’t Fret

 

Thought:

A student once purchased a new mechanical pencil. After some time, he found himself in the middle of an important test, and his pencil ran out of lead! There was a great deal of frustration and anguish as he wasted precious minutes going around to other students trying to borrow another pencil.  Later the student found out that his new pencil was designed with a complete supply of extra lead inside that could be dispensed with a mere press of the button. Christians are often like this student: although they have all of God’s sufficiency available to them, because of lack of knowledge they do not draw on it in their time of need.  Faith must be linked to knowledge to be exercised and to grow, (Green, 2000, p. 137).

 

Prayer:

Pray for the Lord’s help to grow in faith and to exercise patience and that you will grow through serving His people, Shiloh, our communities, and beyond.

 

Question:

1. What makes you impatient?

 

2. When you next feel powerless or inadequate, how can you entrust yourself to the Lord?




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Jan 20

Daniel Fast Devotion- Day 14

Posted on January 20, 2018 at 11:25 PM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Understanding Preeminence of Christ
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Day 14


Read: Colossians 1:9-10

Key Verses: 9-10
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; –Colossians 1:9-10 (NKJV)

Key Words: 
vv.9-10- Understanding of the Preeminence of Christ

Thought: 
The pagan world was always haunted by the unknowability of God. At best, men could but grope after His mystery. Plato said, “It is hard to investigate and to find the framer and the father of the universe. And, if one did find Him, it would be impossible to express Him in terms which all could understand.”  Aristotle spoke of God as the supreme cause, by all men dreamed of and by no man knows. Thank God today, we can know Him through experiencing His revelation of Himself to us in His Word and in the person of Jesus Christ, (Green, 2000, pp. 168-169).

Prayer: 
Pray to God for wisdom and understanding of who He is and ask the Holy Spirit for discernment in your work with others for the glory of God.

Questions:
1. Is there something in your life that has caused you to feel “troubled in spirit”?

2. What steps can you take to hand over your fear to the Lord, today?




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