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May 30, 2024

Dear Lord God,


Please use me today and guide me so that I will have the mind of Christ in all I do. (I Corinthians 2:16)


Help me to not do anything out of any selfish ambition or conceit...


Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 2:3-5


Please help me to remain humble and to never consider myself better than others...


Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

I Peter 5:5


Please provide me with the means and the desire to look after the interests of others as well as my own interests.

(Philippians 2:4)


I pray that I will have a godly attitude in all of my actions and decisions, and that Your love will flow through me to serve and reach others in Your name.


May I be a blessing to You and to everyone around me today.


I truly desire to fulfill Your two great commandments today and everyday...


“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” 

Matthew 22:36-40


In the holy name of Jesus I pray,


Amen.

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Jesus: The Just One

Which of the prophets

did your fathers not persecute?

And they killed those who foretold

the coming of the Just One,

of whom you now have become

the betrayers and murderers. 

Acts 7:52

Stephen preached a convicting sermon to those ready to kill him (Acts 7:1-53). The Jewish leaders stoned Stephen, just as they had been responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus. Stephen said that the coming of Jesus, the Just One, was foretold in Scripture. Stephen was suggesting that Jesus was not guilty, and that He had been crucified unjustly. Jesus did not die because He broke a law; rather, His death was a substitute for everyone who had broken the Law. Jesus died on the cross so that people wouldn’t have to die eternally in Hell.


Lord Jesus, You are the Just One, who died for me. Thank You for taking my place.


The title “Just” comes from the Greek word dikaios, which also can be translated as “righteous.” Jesus was always right—He never sinned. He was right in character and actions. The Father made Jesus, who never sinned, to become our sin, so we might have His righteousness: For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21. There is a double transfer in this verse. First, our sins were transferred to the sinless One; and second, His righteousness was transferred to us. It’s not just enough to have your sins forgiven to go to Heaven; you must "...become the righteousness of God in (Christ)." In His substitution for us, Jesus, the Just One, did two things: He took away our sin (subtraction), and He gave us His righteousness (addition).


Lord Jesus, You came into my heart to take away my sins and give me Your righteousness. You made me “good enough” for Heaven.  


Amen.

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