Scripture Union Daily Guide 16th November 2023: Shine as lights in the world
SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY GUIDE 16 NOVEMBER 2023 DEVOTIONAL
Read and Meditate on Today’s Daily Guide Devotional for 16th November 2023. May the Lord bless you as you study!
Today’s Topic: Shine as lights in the world
Opening Prayer: Oh Lord, grant me spiritual insight into the truth of your word as I study it.
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:12-18
Question(s) for Reflection
• Q 3: Is there any command for me to obey?
Scripture Union Daily Guide 16th November 2023 Outline:
When believers follow the example of Christ in living a lifestyle of love and humility, they will shine as lights in the world. And that is exactly Paul’s desire for his Christian friends in Philippi. Notice the three areas in which this will manifest:
• Working out our salvation (v.12b): To put into action God’s saving work in our lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. Although salvation is God’s gift and received by faith, not by works (Ephesians 2:8), it must be evident by our lifestyle that God is working out the new life in us (Ephesians 2:10).
• Do everything without complaining, murmuring or arguing (v.14). Why? Read v.15.
• Uphold the Word of God (v.16). Why? See v.16b. True believers and real disciples of Christ continue to regularly study, practise, obey, and teach God’s word.
If we deal with our attitudes and conduct (v.14), we will then be lights shining in darkness; people of blameless conduct who take God’s message to the spiritually and morally corrupt world (v.15). How often we forget that the spiritually dark world is looking for the genuine alternatives that the Church has. It is not necessarily material things the world is looking for in the Church but Christ-like integrity.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Pray about what you and your church should do to shine as lights in your community.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with 1 John 3:22
One Year Bible Reading Plan
Luke 15, 16; Romans 9; Psalms 121.
NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN FOR 16TH NOVEMBER 2023
PRAYER FOCUS: GUIDE YOUR HEART
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
THANK GOD FOR:
►Providing His Word in helping us take quality decisions on life issues.
►His willingness to make us know His ways and to lead us in His truth.
►Grace to feed on, meditate and keep, His Word
►Grace to use His Word as a check to all our doings and dealings
►His Word will purify the thoughts of our heart.