20 September: To Be Or Not To Be

There are some quotes that are not just timeless, but quite profound – if not life-altering – when you unpack them…

READ ROMANS 2   Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

I find it difficult living with someone who continually says “sorry” but then won’t change their behaviour. Surely if I’m gentle, long-suffering and patient, as I explain how their mind-set and actions are affecting me and others around me, they’ll genuinely want to change!

So, one thing that stood out for me, in today’s chapter, was that I really don’t want to “…show contempt for the riches of my Maker’s kindness, forbearance and patience…” because “…God’s kindness is intended to lead me to repentance.” [v4] In other words, His interactions with me today, are about changing my interactions tomorrow. If I “repent” (do a 180° about-face in my worldview and lifestyle), and I’m genuinely sorry for what I did wrong yesterday, I’m more likely to submit to another day of my Maker’s training today.

So, Shakespeare was right: “To Be or Not To Be” really is the question. At the start of a new day, am I truly remorseful about yesterday: wanting NOT TO BE “sinful” in that same way today because, how I BE today, affects how I’ll NOT BE tomorrow. It’s everything and nothing less…

Read More? CLICK to follow “20 September – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly with the God of Change? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]

THE LORD’S PRAYER: 

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

I praise You, Lord my Rock! Your work is perfect and all Your ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, righteous and upright are You! [Deuteronomy 32:4]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Salvation for the people of Nigeria[b]
  • Your Country: Crimes against humanity in your country
  • Yourself: Your role in speaking out for victims
  • Your concerns for today
Hear a just cause, O LORD, give heed to my cry; Give ear to my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips. [Psalm 17:1]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Father God, let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant that I’m praying before You today. I pray on behalf of Your servants, confessing the sins of Your people that we’ve sinned against You. Both I and my father’s house have sinned. [Nehemiah 1:6]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

I take courage in my future, Lord, because You’re faithful. You’ll strengthen and protect me from the evil one. [2 Thessalonians 3:3]

 “For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[c] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Prayer

“And my God shall supply all your needs, according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 4:19]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/nigr/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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