OUR DAILY BREAD 1 MAY 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL — Living in the Branches

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OUR DAILY BREAD 1 MAY 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL — Living in the Branches

Our Daily Bread Ministries Daily Devotional

OUR DAILY BREAD 1 MAY 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

( Friday 1 May 2020 )

TOPIC: Living in the Branches

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Bible in a Year:

1 Kings 10–11

Luke 21:20–38

Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

Ephesians 3:17 nlt

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Ephesians 4:14–24

OUR DAILY BREAD 1 MAY 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MESSAGE:

As I shared with my counselor my roller-coaster of emotions after a stress-filled week, she listened thoughtfully. Then she invited me to look out the window at the trees, lush with autumnal oranges and golds, the branches swaying in the wind.

OUR DAILY BREAD 1 MAY 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Pointing out that the trunks weren’t moving at all in the wind, my counselor explained, “We’re a bit like that. When life is blowing at us from every direction, of course our emotions will go up and down and all around. But sometimes we live as if we only have branches. Our goal is to help you find your own trunk.

OUR DAILY BREAD 1 MAY 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

That way, even when life is pulling from all sides, you won’t be living in your branches. You’ll still be secure and stable.”

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It’s an image that’s stuck with me, and it’s similar to the image Paul offered new believers in Ephesians. Reminding them of God’s incredible gift—a new life of tremendous purpose and value (Ephesians 2:6–10), Paul shared his longing that they’d become deeply “rooted and established” in Christ’s love (3:17), no longer “blown here and there by every wind of teaching” (4:14).

OUR DAILY BREAD 1 MAY 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

On our own, it’s easy to feel insecure and fragile, pummeled by our fears and insecurities. But as we grow in our true identity in Christ (vv. 22–24), we can experience deep peace with God and each other (v. 3), nourished and sustained by Christ’s power and beauty (vv. 15–16).

By: Monica La Rose

OUR DAILY BREAD 1 MAY 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Reflect & Pray

When do you feel most “blown here and there” by life’s challenges? How might remembering your identity in Jesus encourage and strengthen you?

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Jesus, thank You for the overwhelmingly good news that the strength needed to withstand life’s challenges isn’t our own. Help us to grow ever-deeper roots in Your love and our place in Your family.

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The sweetest and biggest thing to ever happen to you is to make a decision to be saved through JESUS CHRIST. If you have not made that decision. Please make that decision now and say ” Lord Jesus forgive me for my sins and have mercy on me, thank you for dying for me on the cross, take me as your son / daughter and be my father. THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME, in JESUS CHRIST NAME AMEN.
If you just prayed this prayer of salvation now, please find a bible believing church where you can grow in the love and the Word of God and fellowship with them. God bless you

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