Mission Devotional - November 11, 2015
Opening Prayer: I am sure that there is in me nothing that could attract the love of One as holy and as just as You are. Yet You have declared Your unchanging love for me in Christ Jesus. If nothing in me can win your love, nothing in the universe can prevent You from loving me. Your love is uncaused and undeserved. You are Yourself the reason for the love wherewith I am loved. (Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Tozer)
Scripture: Romans 8:31-39
Journal: How convinced of God's love are you?
Reflection: The Greek word for believe is peitho, which means to be fully persuaded of something. It is a central theme throughout all of scripture. Paul uses this word in Romans 8:38 when he talks about being absolutely convinced that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. It is a word that has some substance to it, some rootedness, some resolve. It is a strong word; one that is able to withstand adverse conditions and circumstances. When we are absolutely convinced of something it goes all the way to the core of our being. When we are absolutely convinced of something we are not easily swayed or knocked off course. When we are absolutely convinced of something it always has an impact on our lives. But how does this convincing take place? How do we become absolutely convinced of something? How do we truly believe what we have received? (Becoming by Jim Branch)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Family Promise of Knoxville serves families that come into their program "situationally" homeless - something has happened in their lives (job loss, medical conditions, financial problems, or other tough circumstances) to cause them to be homeless. It is not a choice they have made consciously or easily. This organization has created an interfaith network involving 16 "host" congregations and 26 "support" congregations. Pray for the homeless families that Family Promise will reach this month.
Closing Prayer: Lord God, our Heavenly Father, help us to be completely convinced of your great love and affection for us, that it might capture our hearts and change our lives. Amen.