Daily Devotional for September 20, 2005

September 20

BIBLE MEDITATION: ?I am the true vine, and My Father is the Husbandman. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.? John 15:1-2

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: When Solomon built his temple, he employed eighty thousand stonecutters. They chipped and shaped those stones in the quarry before bringing them to the temple mound. Why? Because Solomon didn?t want the sound of the hammers and chisels heard on the temple mound. In the same way, you are part of the living stones of His temple and God is shaping you down here in the quarry called ?earth.? Part of your shaping is in the form of persecution. So, don?t look at your persecutors as enemies, but as God?s stonecutters.

ACTION POINT: Next time someone criticizes, mocks, or reviles you, offer this prayer: ?Thank You God for bringing me another stonecutter.? God is shaping you to be what you ought to be.


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