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Our Daily Bread Devotional 20th February 2021 - Strengthened By Grace

Our Daily Bread Devotional 20th February 2021 Today Saturday – Strengthened By Grace

You are reading Today Our Daily Bread Devotional for Saturday 20th February 2021. May you be blessed as you read on.

TOPIC: STRENGTHENED BY GRACE

Bible In A Year: Leviticus 26–27; Mark 2

Key Verse: “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” – 2 Timothy 2:1

Today’s Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:1–4 (NIV)

INSIGHT: The imagery of a soldier is used in ancient Greek ethical teaching (for example, Plato and Epictetus) for the same reasons that Paul uses it in 2 Timothy 2: a soldier is dedicated and is willing to suffer in order to achieve a set goal. Paul also uses this imagery in 1 Corinthians 9:7 and uses military metaphors in 2 Corinthians 10:3–4, Ephesians 6:10–17, and 1 Timothy 1:18.

But such military metaphors and images aren’t meant to be taken literally—though they sadly have been in times past through crusades and holy wars. Such misuse of Paul’s language isn’t to be blamed on him. To be “a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:3) means that Timothy is to embody the same attitudes toward the service of Jesus that a soldier does toward his commanding officer—and Jesus’ command is that we love our enemies (Matthew 5:44).

TODAY’S MESSAGE: OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONAL 20TH FEBRUARY 2021 TODAY SATURDAY

During the American Civil War, the penalty for desertion was execution. But the Union armies rarely executed deserters because their commander-in-chief, Abraham Lincoln, pardoned nearly all of them. This infuriated Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War, who believed that Lincoln’s leniency only enticed would-be deserters. But Lincoln empathized with soldiers who had lost their nerve and who had given in to their fear in the heat of battle.

And his empathy endeared him to his soldiers. They loved their “Father Abraham,” and their affection led the soldiers to want to serve Lincoln all the more. When Paul calls Timothy to join him in “suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:3), he calls him to a tough job description. A soldier is to be completely dedicated, hard-working, and selfless. He’s to serve his commanding officer, Jesus, wholeheartedly.

But in reality, we sometimes fail to be His good soldiers. We don’t always serve Him faithfully. And so Paul’s opening phrase is important: “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (v. 1). Our Savior is full of grace. He empathizes with our weaknesses and forgives our failures (Hebrews 4:15). And just as the Union soldiers were encouraged by Lincoln’s compassion, so believers are strengthened by the grace of Jesus. We want to serve Him all the more because we know He loves us.

REFLECT: How can the grace of Christ become a source of strength for you to serve Him? What does it mean for you to suffer for Jesus?

PRAYER: Dear God, please strengthen me in the grace of Christ that I may serve Him faithfully.

Thank you for reading Today’s Our Daily Bread Devotional 20th February 2021 – Strengthened By Grace. God bless you!

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Our Daily Bread Message 1st March 2021 Today – Never Give Up

Our Daily Bread 1st March 2021 Today Message - Never Give Up

Our Daily Bread Message 1st March 2021 Today – Never Give Up

You are reading Today’s Our Daily Bread Devotional for Today Monday 1st March 2021. May you be blessed as you read on.

TOPIC: NEVER GIVE UP

Bible In A Year: Numbers 23–25; Mark 7:14–37

Key Verse: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips.” – Joshua 1:8

Today’s Scripture: Joshua 1:1–9

INSIGHT: We have limited background information about Joshua the son of Nun, but he was clearly a man who trusted God. Joshua is first referenced in Exodus 17:9, when Moses instructed him to lead Israel’s troops into battle against the Amalekites. In Exodus 24:13, Joshua is portrayed as Moses’ assistant and companion.

When the time came to explore the promised land, Joshua was among the men sent for that purpose (Numbers 13–14). Most significantly, it was Joshua whom God selected to replace Moses and lead the people of Israel into the promised land (Deuteronomy 3:28).

MESSAGE: OUR DAILY BREAD 1ST MARCH 2021 TODAY MESSAGE

“Time went by. War came in.” That’s how Bishop Semi Nigo of the Keliko people of South Sudan described delays in his church’s long struggle to get the Bible in their own language. Not one word, in fact, had ever been printed in the Keliko language. Decades earlier, Bishop Nigo’s grandfather had courageously started a Bible translation project, but war and unrest kept halting the effort.

Yet, despite repeated attacks on their refugee camps in northern Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the bishop and fellow believers kept the project alive. Their persistence paid off. After nearly three decades, the New Testament Bible in Keliko was delivered to the refugees in a rousing celebration. “The motivation of the Keliko is beyond words,” said one project consultant.

The commitment of the Keliko reflects the perseverance God asked of Joshua. As God told him, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8). With equal persistence, the Keliko pursued the translation of Scripture.

Now, “when you see them in the camps, they are smiling,” said one translator. Hearing and understanding the Bible “gives them hope.” Like the Keliko people, may we never give up seeking the power and wisdom of Scripture. By: Patricia Raybon

REFLECT: What will help you persist in reading Scripture? How could another person help you better understand it?

PRAYER: Loving God, stir up in me a greater hunger to seek, study, and know the Bible, never giving up my quest to understand Your wisdom.

Thank you for reading Today’s Our Daily Bread 1st March 2021 Today Message – Never Give Up. God bless you!

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