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Our Daily Bread 23rd February 2021 Message Today - Turn On The Light

Our Daily Bread Today 23rd February 2021 Message – Turn On The Light

You are reading Today’s Our Daily Bread Devotional for Today Tuesday 23rd February 2021. May you be blessed as you read on.

TOPIC: TURN ON THE LIGHT

Bible In A Year: Numbers 7–8; Mark 4:21–41

Key Verse: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 5:14–16 (NIV)

INSIGHT: The New Testament uses various metaphors to describe the believer in Jesus. For example, it speaks of us as sheep (John 10:27); fruitful branches (15:5); ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20); soldiers, athletes, farmers (2 Timothy 2:3, 5–6); and living stones (1 Peter 2:5). In Matthew 5:13–16, Jesus uses two everyday items—salt and a lamp—to illustrate the impact disciples of Christ ought to have on the people around them.

Salt is a preservative, a flavor enhancer, and a thirst stimulant. As believers in Jesus, we’re to bring the salt of preservation and joy to a bland, tasteless, and otherwise decaying world. A lamp gives light that enables people to see and gives direction. It must necessarily be placed in a conspicuous position for the light to be effective. We’re to be the light of salvation to a world darkened by sin.

MESSAGE: OUR DAILY BREAD 23RD FEBRUARY 2021 MESSAGE TODAY

As my husband and I prepared for a cross-country move, I wanted to ensure that we kept in touch with our grown sons. I found a unique gift, friendship lamps connected by wireless internet, which can be turned on remotely. When I gave the lamps to my sons, I explained that their lamps will turn on when I touch my lamp—to provide a shining reminder of my love and ongoing prayers. No matter how great the distance between us, a tap on their lamps would trigger a light in our home too.

Though we knew nothing could replace our more personal moments of connection, we could be encouraged by knowing we’re loved and prayed for every time we turned on those lights. All God’s children have the privilege of being light-sharers powered by the Holy Spirit. We’re designed to live as radiant beacons of God’s everlasting hope and unconditional love. When we’re sharing the gospel and serving others in the name of Jesus, we become brilliant spotlights and living testimonies.

Every good deed, kind smile, gentle word of encouragement, and heartfelt prayer produces a beaming reminder of God’s faithfulness and His unconditional and life-transforming love (Matthew 5:14–16). Wherever God leads us, and however we serve Him, we can be used by Him to help others shine His light. As God, by His Spirit, provides the true illumination, we can reflect the light and love of His presence. By: Xochitl Dixon

REFLECT: How can you be a light for Christ, intentionally expressing His love to those in your sphere of influence this week? How can you shine a light on God’s love as you serve people who don’t know Him?

PRAYER: Loving Father, please fuel me with Your perfect truth and love so I can shine a spotlight on You by loving You and others wherever I go.

Thank you for reading Today’s Our Daily Bread 23rd February 2021 Message Today – Turn On The Light. God bless you!

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Our Daily Bread Message 4th March 2021 Today – Knowing The Father

Our Daily Bread 4th March 2021 Today Message - Knowing The Father

Our Daily Bread Message 4th March 2021 Today – Knowing The Father

You are reading Today’s Our Daily Bread Devotional for Today Thursday 4th March 2021. May you be blessed as you read on.

TOPIC: KNOWING THE FATHER

Bible In A Year: Numbers 31–33; Mark 9:1–29

Key Verse: “Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” – John 14:9

Today’s Scripture: John 14:8–11

INSIGHT: Jesus’ response to Philip’s request to “show us the Father” (John 14:8) likely echoes Moses’ request in Exodus 33:18 (“show me your glory”). In response to Moses’ request, God promised to “cause all [His] goodness to pass” before Moses, but Moses wasn’t permitted to see His face (Exodus 33:20). Jesus’ response to Philip in John 14:9—“Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father”—makes it clear that Jesus is the fullest possible encounter with God’s glory.

Echoes of Moses’ request can also be heard in John 1:14, which describes witnessing in Christ “the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father.” John explains, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (v. 18).

MESSAGE: OUR DAILY BREAD 4TH MARCH 2021 TODAY MESSAGE

According to legend, British conductor Sir Thomas Beecham once saw a distinguished-looking woman in a hotel foyer. Believing he knew her but unable to remember her name, he paused to talk with her. As the two chatted, he vaguely recollected that she had a brother. Hoping for a clue, he asked how her brother was doing and whether he was still working at the same job.

“Oh, he’s very well,” she said, “And still king.” A case of mistaken identity can be embarrassing, as it was for Sir Beecham. But at other times it may be more serious, as it was for Jesus’ disciple Philip. The disciple knew Christ, of course, but he hadn’t fully appreciated who He was. He wanted Jesus to “show [them] the Father,” and Jesus responded, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:8–9).

As God’s unique Son, Christ reveals the Father so perfectly that to know one is to know the other (vv. 10–11). If we ever wonder what God is like in His character, personality, or concern for others, we only need to look to Jesus to find out. Christ’s character, kindness, love, and mercy reveal God’s character.

And although our amazing, awesome God is beyond our complete comprehension and understanding, we have a tremendous gift in what He’s revealed of Himself in Jesus. By: Con Campbell

REFLECT: How well do you know God’s character? How does it match your perception of who Jesus is?

PRAYER: Dear God, help me to grow in my knowledge and appreciation of who You are.

Thank you for reading Today’s Our Daily Bread 4th March 2021 Today Message – Knowing The Father. God bless you!

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