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Our Daily Bread 22nd February 2021 Message Today - Like Jesus

Our Daily Bread Today 22nd February 2021 Message – Like Jesus

You are reading Today’s Our Daily Bread Devotional for Monday 22nd February 2021. May you be blessed as you read on.

TOPIC: LIKE JESUS

Bible In A Year: Numbers 4–6; Mark 4:1–20

Key Verse: “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.” – Romans 8:29

Today’s Scripture: Romans 8:22–30 (NIV)

INSIGHT: Unlike Stoic philosophy, which advocated responding to suffering by submitting to fate, in Romans 8 Paul emphasizes God’s love and power working on behalf of His people even in the midst of hardships. Although God can bring good out of suffering and evil in this lifetime, Paul focuses primarily on the ultimate good to come in the future with God’s final and complete redemption of the cosmos (vv. 18–21), as well as transformation into Christ’s image and likeness (v. 29) through the work of the Spirit.

MESSAGE: OUR DAILY BREAD TODAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2021

As a boy, theologian Bruce Ware was frustrated that 1 Peter 2:21–23 calls us to be like Jesus. Ware wrote of his youthful exasperation in his book The Man Christ Jesus. “Not fair, I determined. Especially when the passage says to follow in the steps of one ‘who did no sin.’ This was totally outlandish . . . . I just couldn’t see how God could really mean for us to take it seriously.”

I understand why Ware would find such a biblical challenge so daunting! An old chorus says, “To be like Jesus, to be like Jesus. My desire, to be like Him.” But as Ware rightly noted, we are incapable of doing that. Left to ourselves, we could never become like Jesus. However, we’re not left to ourselves. The Holy Spirit has been given to the child of God, in part so that Christ can be formed in us (Galatians 4:19).

So it should come as no surprise that in Paul’s great chapter on the Spirit we read, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29). God will see His work completed in us. And He does it through the Spirit of Jesus living in us. As we yield to the Spirit’s work in us, we truly become more like Jesus. How comforting to know that’s God’s great desire for us! By: Bill Crowder

REFLECT: What attribute of the fruit of the Spirit would you like to live out to a greater degree? (see Galatians 5:22–23). What will help you do so?

PRAYER: Father, I long to be more like Your Son but so often fall short in word, thought, or deed. Forgive me, and help me to yield to the work of Your Spirit so that Jesus might be formed in me.

Thank you for reading Today’s Our Daily Bread 22nd February 2021 Message Today – Like Jesus. 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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