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Devotional Diary  8 – 14 May 2017

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org 

14 May 2017 is the fifth Sunday of Easter.

Acts 7:55-60.Stephen sees Jesus, but the crowds see stones. Saul watches on, holding the cloaks of those who stone Stephen.

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16.

1 Peter 2:2-10. A play on Peter’s name — the baptized are living stones with Christ our cornerstone, being made into a holy and royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people (though we had been no people at all).

John 14:1-14. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. If we see him, we have seen the Father. If we follow in his way, we do his works and so participate in the works of the Father.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 24:1) The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it…

Confession: Ephesians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  This week let the Spirit of God examine your heart against the fruit of the Spirit.  Then, where there is a lack, allow the Spirit to fill you with His life and grow His fruit.  Today’s focus: love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Remember: Pray positively. As you pray, picture the outcome of you prayers.  Visualise God’s response.  What “picture prayers” is He calling you to this week?   Focus: Your family…

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication:  “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)  Serve the Lord alone!

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 23:1) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: joy.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Your friends…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)  Serve the Lord alone!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 22:28) …for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: peace.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Your life…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)  Serve the Lord alone!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 19:1)  The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: patience.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus:  Your home/work environment…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)  Serve the Lord alone!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 18:46) The Lord lives!  Praise be to my Rock!  Exalted be God my Saviour!

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: kindness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Someone outside your normal circle of life…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)  Serve the Lord alone!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 16:11) You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: goodness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Your church…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)  Serve the Lord alone!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 13:6) I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: faithfulness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: A church not your own…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)  Serve the Lord alone!