Daily Devotional for Wednesday September 23, 2020
The spiritually poor!!!
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, Thank You for meeting my daily needs as You have promised in Your Word. I look to You and You alone for my sustenance through life, and Thank You for Your faithfulness. Please help me to be a good steward of the funds You entrust into my care during this life, and give me favor in my finances, and wisdom in my decisions. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Hong Kong. After the British lease for Hong Kong was up in 1997, the Chinese government in Beijing entered into a 50 years lease with Hong Kong for them to self-govern. In 2047, Hong Kong would than come under the governance of the Chinese authorities in mainland China. The ruling communist regime has decided it no longer wanted to wait until 2047 and began to exert its’ influence over the people Hong Kong. This is what began the months of protests late last year as the Hong Kong citizens rose up in opposition. Those protests died the first of the year due to the breakout of the Wuhan Flu. The communist ruling party decided to use the health crisis as their opening to simply ignore the treaty and take control of Hong Kong. While there still may be some protests, the fact is there is really nothing the Hong Kong people can do since they have no ability to fight back against the military might of the communist regime. One of the freedoms Hong Kong has enjoyed has been the freedom to worship. There is a large and vibrant Christian community in Hong Kong. Please take some time today to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Hong Kong since like on the mainline, the communist regime will soon begin persecuting the church of Jesus Christ. Labeling Christianity as subversive to the government like they have on the mainland, will be the plan to dismantle the church in Hong Kong. While we can’t forget our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ on mainland China, we must add the Chinese Christians in Hong Kong to our prayers as they are going to come under the iron first of China’s communist government.
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***Action steps: 1) Pray for the nation to turn back to the Lord every morning for at least 5 min. 2) Share the Gospel every day with at least 1 person you know is no saved. 3) Every day share something Biblical with everyone you know via email. 4) Every day encourage at least ONE PERSON you know about the responsibility we have to VOTE in November. 5) GET ONE PERSON YOU KNOW TO DO ACTION STEPS 1-4!!!
I want to encourage you someday to take about an hour, sit down with your Bible, and look at all the scriptures concerning care for the poor and needy. One thing I have learned to understand about God and the way He has divinely given us His word, is when you see the same issue talked about over and over, especially throughout the Bible from the Old to New Testament.
God is trying to emphasize a point. He could not be clearer as to our responsibility to help the poor. Now of course, this immediately brings to mind mental images of the homeless, those begging on corners for food, the ones who occupy the shelters at night. But I want you to focus today, not on those who are financially poor, but those who are spiritually poor.
Throughout Jesus' earthly ministry, He reached out to all segments of society. To those who had wealth and resources, He tried to focus them on their bankrupt spiritual life. Jesus said, "What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?" Today, I want you to be aware of the "poor" people you may come in contact with every day, not financially poor, but spiritually poor.
We have a responsibility to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, the hope and love of Christ with these people just as we would share a meal with someone who is hungry. It is not an option, but an obligation we have as followers of Christ to reach out to those who are hurting and need to know there are answers beyond the things of this world.
I am going to pray today that you take this challenge to heart and really focus, not just on the visibly poor you may see each day, but also those who may have much worldly riches, but be broke spiritually. You see, in those difficult times we all face in life, losing a loved one, moving, changing jobs, troubles at home, whatever the issue may be, money can rarely help. Only the strength, wisdom, and love of Christ can get us through those most difficult times in our life. Open your eyes today and look at those around you who may need a spiritual handout today to make it.
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Thanks you for all you do. I deeply care about you. Pray today about helping those who are spiritually poor in your life. Pray about standing with me today in support of our work here at Liveprayer.com. It is no accident you are receiving these devotional each day, and no accident God is speaking to your heart right now. Listen and be obedient. What a great way to help the poor this upcoming Holiday season.
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In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,