Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Holy Week: Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Old Testament Lesson

Jeremiah 17:5-10, 14-17

Our strength comes not from ourselves, or from others, but from God. He must be the one that we trust, that we lean upon, that we place our hope in. Too many times in the Old Testament Israel and Judah placed their trust in allies, in the king, in their own might, but not in God.

God says, place your trust in me. I will protect you. I will keep you safe. I will save you. I will heal you. When you trust first and foremost in me.

Today, may we trust in God. In all the areas of life. And in all the areas of our heart.

New Testament Lesson

Philippians 4:1-13

Paul gives us some important guides for a peaceful life in this passage

  • When we give all things to God in prayer, we receive peace. Peace does not magically flow, it comes by taking the things that rob our peace and give them to God.
  • Whatever is good, honest, noble, think on these things. Let's not look for the worst in others. Let's not look to complain. Let's not look for other's faults. Let's look to what is good and kind. And the God of peace will be with us.
  • Christ is our strength. Through Him, we can do all that we are called to do, and be who we are called to. When we trust in His strength instead of our own, God can do great things.

Gospel Lesson

John 12:27-36

Today, walk in the light. Walk in the light of God. His light will shine where we need to go, what we need to do. His light will shine forth. Walk in the light, not in the darkness. The light of God leads to life, the darkness of this world leads to destruction. Walk in His light, and in so doing you will find His life.

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