Daily Devotional – June 29th (Paul’s Godly Example!)

By admin On July 1st, 2014

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Today’s Devotional, June 29th

 

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“Follow Paul’s Godly Example”

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

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The Apostle Paul says it this way, as he wrote to encourage the early Church…

.St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

Listen… “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am (a follower) of Christ…Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 & Philippians 4:9. 

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So these two verses show that Paul’s life was an imitation of the life of Jesus. And it is not hard to see that Paul had completely devoted his life in whole-hearted servitude to Christ. And Paul says that Believers should follow Paul’s life in those areas in which he was Christ-like.

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Perhaps, the following statement by Paul could be considered his mantra for life… “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

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St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

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THE LIFE…CHRIST THE PATTERN FOR OUR LIVES…

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Jesus says… “I am the life”. 

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The life that we are to live has been shown to us, when Jesus came down to this lost world and walked among us.

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Not only did He give us a chance for new life, when He atoned for our sins, by His sacrifice on the Cross; but He also gave Himself an example.

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photo Paul the Apostle-Artist-Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier- circa 1500s Wikipedia US Public Domain.

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CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST!

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And we should walk even as He walked, even as Paul goes on to say… “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20. 

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Paul is telling us that he is crucified from his old, selfish ways

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Paul Shipwrecked – Acts 27:41-44 – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Public Domain

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“FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST”

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And now, Paul tells us that Jesus is living out His life through Paul.

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Jesus became Paul’s life… “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21.

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These are the words of Paul.

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And these should be the words of each of our own hearts as well.

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Paul Converted – www.thebiblerevival.com

 

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TO READ PART 2, GO HERE…March 6 (Paul’s Godly Example, Part 2: “Like Paul In A Materialistic World!”)

 

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To read this entire article, just click here… “‘7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion'”

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Verses for further study: Colossians 3:1-3Romans 8:132nd Corinthians 3:18

 

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THE END

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN:

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7 STARS IMITATE THE CROSS OF ORION

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This phenomenon begins in late October, in the pre-dawn hours. It then begins a little earlier each night.

The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chart.

This Wikipedia star-chart to the left, has this constellation sketched in. You must locate Orion, when it is mid-sky, between east and west. You’ll be facing southward most likely, unless you are far south. Try to imagine it as a Cross on a steep hill. The 3-star belt of Orion becomes the crest of the hill. The 3 very faint stars that make up Orion’s head become the very top of the Cross.

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Next, locate the 7 Stars Constellation. This 7 Stars Constellation is seen by facing northward. It stands upright a little later in the night. Eventually, Orion will lay down and no longer be seen as an uplifted Cross! Beginning in November, the 7 Stars (AKA Big Dipper) can be seen as a Cross a little bit later in evening.

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When you are comfortable in locating Orion & The 7 Stars Constellations, then show a friend. This can be a great witnessing tool!

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To read this entire article, just click here… “‘7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion'”

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TOMORROW:

 June 30th (The Weapons of Our Warfare!)

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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