Mission Devotional - November 5, 2015

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, every single day the choice is before us to either believe that you are who you say you are and to follow you, or to be filled with doubt and despair and follow our own plans, schemes, and devices. Lord Jesus, give us the grace, the strength, and the wisdom to choose you, this day and every day. Amen.

Scripture: John 6:60-69

Journal: What is a hard lesson God has been trying to teach you lately? Has it tempted you to doubt his goodness or trustworthiness? How do Peter's words strike you today?

Reflection: A devoted Christian woman who conducted a large Bible class with zeal and success once came in trouble to her minister. In her earlier years she had enjoyed much blessing in the inner chamber, in fellowship with the Lord and His Word. But this had gradually been lost and, do what she would, she could not get it right. The Lord had blessed her work, but the joy had gone out of her life. The minister asked what she had done to regain the lost blessedness. "I have done everything," said she, "that I can think of, but all in vain."

He then questioned her about her experience in connection with her conversion. She gave an immediate and clear answer: "At first I spared no pains in my attempt to become better, and to free myself from sin, but it was all useless. At last I began to understand that I must lay aside all my efforts, and simply trust the Lord Jesus to bestow on me His life and peace, and He did it."

"Why then," said the minister, "do you not try this again? As you go to your inner chamber, however cold and dark your heart may be, do not try in your own might to force the right attitude. Bow before Him, and tell Him that He sees in what a sad state you are and that your only hope is in Him. Trust Him with a childlike trust to have mercy upon you, and wait upon Him. You have nothing - He has everything." (The Prayer Life by Andrew Murray)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

H. & L. serve in Asia by providing strategic leadership for colleagues serving in several major urban centers in Asia. Their role involves encouraging and coaching these co-workers in their ministries, as well as networking with others to make sure they have the resources and training that they need for their respective ministries. Pray today for many meetings and trips that they will be involved in this month. Please pray for safety in travel, good weather, and also wisdom from the Lord as they interact with colleagues.

The Refugee Ministry at CSPC coordinates the church's effort of welcoming and offering a holistic ministry to refugees of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds that are arriving in Knoxville. Pray today for all of the refugee families that CSPC is currently supporting. Volunteers are needed to help with the Refugee Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday, November 14. If you can help, go to www.cspc.net/refugee-ministry and click "Volunteer Now."

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, to whom else shall we go? You are the one that has words of eternal life. We are confident that you are the Holy One of God. Help us to always turn to you. Amen.