CSR Daily Devotion

Happy Sunday Y’all! I pray you spend time in worship, ministry, and fellowship on this glorious day. Today I am sharing a powerful ballad from the epic voice of Mrs. Kim Walker-Smith of Jesus Culture, who released a new Live Worship album on Friday, called Wild Heart. The album is amazing, and I will share more from that in the future. But today, I want to share the single Mrs. Walker-Smith led with on her album release: Stones. The words in this song our purposeful. Alluding to Luke 19:39, 40 where the Pharisees order Jesus to rebuke His disciples, and Jesus replies that if they were to keep quiet, “the stones will cry out.” In Mrs. Walker-Smith lyrics, she sings: “I will praise you, something in me has to, I won’t let the stones cry out.”

Despite all the “turmoil” we think 2020 has brought to the world, Jesus is bigger than all of that. Do not ever forget this fact. Don’t let the stones be the ones to praise His glorious name.

August 16

16May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.  (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

Here we read another of Paul’s famous prayers over the congregation of this early church.  These are some of those poster verses that would fit nicely on a wall.  But the problem with that is we sometimes downplay the significance of those words.  I’ve been in many households where I see Joshua 24:15:  “But for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”  Looks great on a wall but most of the time it’s just quiet decoration.  I’ve been in many households where they did not serve the Lord.  We had it up in our home long before we realized what those words even meant.  These verses above would make great wall art, but would be even more powerful if they were read every day to encourage your heart and strengthen you in every good deed and word. So if you take a liking to a certain verse or phrase from the Bible, learn it, memorize it, but most importantly live by it, accurately.  And as this verse states, I pray that our Lord Jesus Christ, HIMSELF, and God our Father, who loved you and by His grace gave you eternal encouragement and good hope.  May they encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.  Amen!

Reading plan:  1 Timothy 1: 12-20

Deeper reading plan: Jeremiah 31, 32

Prayer and meditation:  Pray for our country.  Pray for love to conquer all.  Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.

Fitness challenge:  Rest

Worship:  Spend today in prayer and worship.  Get to church or get to a computer and watch church.  America needs a revival like never before.

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