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Our Daily Bread: Not Taking Advantage
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Our Daily Bread
by RBC Ministries
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Not Taking Advantage

Bible in a Year: Job 41–42, Acts 16:22–40

Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!
Acts 16:28

Today's Scripture & Insight: Acts 16:22–34

Several inmates were collecting roadside garbage to reduce their jail time when their supervisor, James, collapsed. They rushed to his aid and realized he was having a medical emergency. One inmate borrowed James’ phone to call for help. The sheriff’s department later thanked the inmates for helping get their supervisor prompt medical attention, especially because they could have instead neglected him—to his great detriment as he was having a stroke—or used the situation to their own advantage to escape.

The kindness of the inmates’ actions is not unlike those of Paul and Silas when they were imprisoned. After they’d been stripped, beaten, and thrown into prison, an earthquake struck so violently that it loosed their chains and shook the prison doors off their hinges (Acts 16:23–26). When the jailer awoke, he naturally assumed the prisoners had fled, so he prepared to take his own life (to preempt what would’ve been his punishment for their escape). When Paul shouted, “We are all here!” (v. 28) the jailer was so moved by their actions—uncharacteristic of prisoners—that he became curious about the God they worshiped, ultimately coming to believe in Him too (vv. 29–34).

The way we treat others reveals what we believe and value. When we choose to do good instead of harm, our actions might just prompt them to wonder about the God we know and love.

By: Kirsten Holmberg

Reflect & Pray
In what situation can you choose to not take advantage for your own gain? How might that decision benefit someone else?

Loving God, help me to make choices that will draw others to You.

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The Good Seed
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH
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For years an elderly Indian used to wander...

O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true.
2 Samuel 7:28

For years an elderly Indian used to wander from one place to another begging for his daily bread. One day he reached a village, famished once again, and hastily devoured the bread they gave him. Then someone asked him what he had in the small, dirty bag hanging round his neck from a coloured ribbon. He said it was a charm that he had been given on returning from a battle and pulled out a folded scrap of paper that he handed to the questioner.

The latter started to decipher the faded writing. It turned out to be an official document of demobilisation from the American federal army. It was signed by George Washington himself and assured the Indian a lifelong pension. Had the man claimed the pension, he would have had sufficient means to live without having to roam around hungry and homeless.

How many people resemble that Indian! The Bible expresses God’s promises and assurances, and yet they go without!

God’s Word is eternal and absolute truth: all its promises are valid. But the forgiveness of sins, peace with God, eternal life and eternal glory that God wishes to grant everyone must actually be claimed. How? By consciously turning to God. We have to confess frankly that we have not led our life according to His will up to now and name the wrongs that we are aware of. Then we can rest assured that God has forgiven our guilt, for His Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for this purpose.

Today’s reading: Leviticus 23:1-22 · Psalm 68:28-36

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The Word for Today
by Bob and Debby Gass
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Today, Cry Out To Jesus

‘Many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more.’ Mark 10:48 NKJV

Try to imagine being blind all your life, then one day miraculously receiving your sight. And the first face you see—is the face of Jesus! That’s what happened to Bartimaeus. Jesus was passing by the spot where he sat begging every day. Recognising this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, he cried out for help at the top of his lungs.

Sometimes dignified prayer won’t get the job done. Desperate situations call for desperate measures. Sometimes you’ve got to cry out to God from the depths of your soul! ‘Jesus stood still’ (Mark 10:49 NRS) when Bartimaeus shouted. Your cry will get God’s attention.

David said, ‘O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me.’ (Psalm 30:2 NKJV) Don’t be reluctant, be confident. ‘Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’ (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)

The Bible says, ‘Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.’ (Mark 10:50 NIV) He did that for two reasons: first, a long robe could have tripped him up; second, his clothes identified him as a beggar. To get to Jesus, you must be willing to throw aside everything that stands in your way. The shame and failure of your past, your lack and your limitations, the labels other people have put on you. When Jesus restores and makes you whole, you won’t have to wear those old garments anymore. And here’s another thought: when Bartimaeus regained his sight, he decided to follow Jesus (see Mark 10:52), and you must do that too.

SoulFood: Jer 41–44, Luke 6:27–36, Ps 109:1–15, Pro 15:22

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