Great Plains Daily Devotional for 4/1/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Oliver Green
Laity Delegate to General Conference
Topeka District
Lisa Maupin
Laity Delegate to General Conference
Blue River District
Randall Hodgkinson
Laity Delegate to General Conference
Topeka District
Steve Baccus
Laity Delegate at General Conference
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 8:6-11 

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

Today's Devotional

Our parents worked very hard to make sure that our minds and bodies were developed to the best of our potential. This started at birth with the proper nourishment and exercise. Then a formal education, Sunday school and church to keep our minds growing and expanding. This direction that we received was for a reason. It was to allow us to be the best that we could be in whatever profession or career that we chose.

As Paul is relating in the letter to the Romans, the mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. We have been raised and trained in the best possible manner by our parents and now we have the choice to accept Jesus Christ as our risen savior which will give us life and peace. Why do we sometimes miss the mark and fall short of the expectations of success? Of course, we are human and will never be perfect, but what we do have is the chance to walk with the risen Lord with the Holy Spirit guiding and directing us daily.

During this time prior to Easter, let us look to Jesus as our risen Savior. No matter what our situation is, we still have the opportunity live and walk with our risen Lord.

--Brad Zimmerman
Pastor, Bucklin UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Dear Lord, thank you giving us this time of Lent to remember and think about what Easter is really about. You are our Lord! Amen


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