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ARE YOU REALLY DIFFERENT? - - CAC The Living Water - Sat 1 September 2018

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2 years 2 months ago #7159 by gospelnaija
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

Saturday, September 1, 2018

TOPIC: ARE YOU REALLY DIFFERENT?

Read: Matthew 5:38-48
MEMORISE:

And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?

(Matthew 5:47).

EXPOSITION
What is there in your life that marks you as a child of your Father in heaven? Are you really any different from the world around you? The way of the world is to defend yourself; the way of Christ is to deny yourself. The way of the world is to hate your enemies; the way of Christ is to love your enemies. The way of the world is to get everything you can; the way of Christ is to give everything you can. The way of the world is to look out for yourself; the way of Christ is to look out for others. The way of the world is self-esteem; the way of Christ is God-esteem. The way of the world is to expect repayment here and now; the way of Christ is to seek treasure in heaven. Are you following the way of the world or that of Christ?

What makes the Christian way of life different from all others is self-denial. Self-denial begins in the way you relate with God. You don’t base your relationship with God on any of your own qualifications. The followers of man-made religions think that their standing with God depends on their own goodness. But the Christian is different. You are right with God when you deny your own merit and base your confidence only on Christ. Once you belong to Jesus, self-denial also shapes the way you relate to others. The old self tells you when someone hurts you, you hurt them back. But you deny yourself: you choose not to seek revenge or to fight back, even if that means more suffering.

And in denying yourself, you find yourself and your true identity. You realize who you are: You are a child of your Father in heaven. You are a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. You are different from unbelievers.

PRAYER POINTS
1. Lord, help me to stand for Your holiness in this wayward world.
2. Lord, help me to deny myself of everything that can pitch me against You in any way.
3. Lord, give the Christian Gospel musicians the needed grace to deny themselves of the worldliness that is rendering so many of the songs toothless in the attempt to silence corruption in this generation.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 95 - 101

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