Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/21/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Tony Ikenberry
Beagle UMC
Fontana UMC
Parker UMC
Five Rivers District
Jee Sook Gil
Pleasanton, KS UMC
Prescott UMC
Five Rivers District
Jada Hodgson
Plum Creek UMC
Five Rivers District
Julie Freeman
Pomona UMC
Vassar UMC
Five Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 14 

To the leader. Of David.

Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”
    They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
    there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind
    to see if there are any who are wise,
    who seek after God.

They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;
    there is no one who does good,
    no, not one.

Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
    who eat up my people as they eat bread,
    and do not call upon the Lord?

There they shall be in great terror,
    for God is with the company of the righteous.
You would confound the plans of the poor,
    but the Lord is their refuge.

O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
    When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
    Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

Today's Devotional

The following devotional is a reflection on the themes expressed and celebrated in the praise and worship song “Hallelujah” written by United Methodist Pastors Chris Aytes and Will Deeds. You can listen to “Hallelujah” here

The Holy Trinity, the Triune God, is a mystery and a wonder. The nature of the LORD we serve being three-in-one can begun to be understood, however, when we realize that we ourselves have been created in God’s own image and have been given three distinct parts; spirit, soul and body (Genesis 2:7). 

Left to our own devices, our various parts are likely to lead us astray. There is a sinful nature that lurks in the desires and needs of our bodies and souls (Romans 7:20). Our trespasses have been paid for, however, and an advocate and counselor has come and is one with our own spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17)! The process of sanctification is learning to submit our soul and body to the Spirit’s guidance.

Just as God is three-in-one and we are made in a way that reflects that nature, the different persons of the Trinity play unique (yet inter-connected) roles in our salvation: The Father made us, the Son redeemed us, and the Spirit now dwells within us, guiding us unto the completion of our faith. 

God is a mystery, and so are you! God is a wonder, and so is your salvation. 

-Pastor Chris Aytes 
Wamego UMC
caytes@greatplainsumc.org
 

Prayer for Reflection

Praise the LORD!

We have been lovingly and wonderfully created.

Praise the LORD!

We have been redeemed at a great cost. 

Praise the LORD!

We have been filled with the Holy Spirit, who is guiding us unto perfection.

Hallelujah! We’ve been saved.

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