We are all saints!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary October – 5 November 2017

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

5 November 2017 is the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost (All Saints Sunday)

This week we are praying for a harvest of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control!

 (Sunday 5 November is All Saints Sunday, these are the All Saints Sunday readings)

Revelation 7:9-17. John observes, inquires about, and reports on “the heavenly liturgy,” a scene of perpetual worship by the saints, the angels and the heavenly creatures before the Divine Throne.

Psalm Response: Psalm 34.

I John 3:1-3. We do not know exactly what the life of the coming age will be like, but we know that we are to be like Christ. So we must focus on purifying ourselves now, pursuing the practices of a holy life.

Matthew 5:1-12. Jesus teaches how God’s kingdom is reordering the life of the world. God is actively blessing those who live this way. Here is the heart of Wesley’s understanding of the possibility of all Christians becoming saints; or, as he would put it, allowing “sanctifying grace” to complete its work in us. Sainthood is not something reserved for a special few, but available to all who let God’s grace align their lives with what God is already blessing.

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: Self-control

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional resources.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Remember: “Pray without ceasing, pray!”  This week we pray for God’s harvest of fruit in this world.   Think of the fruit of the Spirit and each day pray a particular fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness or self-control) into a situation or person that you lift before God. Today: Self-control.

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: “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me; break me, melt me, mould me, make me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.” (Daniel Iverson 1890-1977)

 Tuesday:

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

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Gentleness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Remember: “Pray without ceasing, pray!”  See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: Gentleness

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me; break me, melt me, mould me, make me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.” (Daniel Iverson 1890-1977)

Wednesday:

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

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today: Faithfulness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Remember: “Pray without ceasing, pray!”  See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: Faithfulness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me; break me, melt me, mould me, make me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.” (Daniel Iverson 1890-1977)

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: Kindness and goodness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Remember: “Pray without ceasing, pray!” See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: Kindness and goodness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me; break me, melt me, mould me, make me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.” (Daniel Iverson 1890-1977)

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: Patience.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Remember: “Pray without ceasing, pray!” See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: Patience.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me; break me, melt me, mould me, make me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.” (Daniel Iverson 1890-1977)

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: Peace and joy.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Remember: “Pray without ceasing pray!” See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today: Peace and joy.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me; break me, melt me, mould me, make me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.” (Daniel Iverson 1890-1977)

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: Love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Remember: “Pray without ceasing pray!”  See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: Love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me; break me, melt me, mould me, make me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.” (Daniel Iverson 1890-1977)