Daily Devotion

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Our Daily Bread

The loud crackling noise startled me. Recognizing the sound, I raced to the kitchen. I’d accidently tapped the start button on the empty coffee maker. Unplugging the appliance, I grabbed the handle of the carafe. I touched the bottom of the container to ensure it wasn’t too hot to place on the tile counter. The smooth surface burned my fingertips, blistering my tender skin.

As my husband nursed my wound, I shook my head. I knew the glass would be hot. “I honestly do not know why I touched it,” I said.

My response after making such a mistake reminded me of Paul’s reaction to a more serious issue in Scripture−the nature of sin.

The apostle admits to not knowing why he does things he knows he shouldn’t do and doesn’t want to do (Rom. 7:15). Affirming Scripture determines right and wrong (v. 7), he acknowledges the real, complex war constantly waging between the flesh and the spirit in the struggle against sin (vv. 15–23). Confessing his own weaknesses, he offers hope for victory now and forever (7:24–25).

When we surrender our lives to Christ, His gives us His Holy Spirit who empowers us to choose to do right (8:8–10). As He enables us to obey God’s Word, we can avoid the searing sin that separates us from the abundant life God promises those who love Him.

Daily Strength

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 13:00

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Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 13:00

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Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 13:00

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Friday, September 8, 2017 - 13:00

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Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 13:00

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 13:00

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 13:00

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Monday, September 4, 2017 - 13:00

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Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 13:00

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Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 13:00

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