Mission Devotional - August 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, we belong to you. We are your beloved. Help us to live like it this day. Amen.

Scripture: Romans 8:14-17

Journal: What is winning the battle within you these days, fear or love? What would it mean for you to live as if you are God's beloved son or daughter?

Reflection: Who are we? Are we what we do? Are we what others say about us? Are we the power we have? It often seems that way in our society. But the Spirit of Jesus given to us reveals our true spiritual identities. The Spirit reveals that we belong not to a world of success fame, or power but to God. The world enslaves us with fear; the Spirit frees us from that slavery and restores us to the true relationship. That is what Paul means when he says, "All who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons [daughters] of God, for what you receives was not the spirit of slavery to bring you back into fear; you received the spirit of adoption, enabling us to cry out, 'Abba, Father!'" (Romans 8:15).

Who are we? We are God's beloved sons and daughters!
(Bread for the Journey by Henri J. M. Nouwen)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Isik Abla hosts a satellite TV program called "Light for the Heart" on the Kanal Hayat Turkish-language channel. She also hosts a live call-in program that is simulcast on the Turkish and Farsi channels throughout the Middle East and Europe. These TV programs deliver the message of love, healing, and freedom through Christ Jesus, reflecting on Isik's own life experience. Pray today for Isik and the "Light for the Heart" program to be used by God to reach many with the gospel.

Keymedia uses television, radio, the Internet and printed literature as well as local missionaries, in their Arabic and Muslim target countries, for the key purpose of planting churches and discipling local believers to take the gospel to their nation's people. Pray today for those who are planting churches as a result of this organization.

Closing Prayer: Father, help me not live as a slave to fear this day, but to live as a beloved son or daughter of yours. Then I can love others as you love me - unconditionally. Amen.