But grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour
The apostle Peter told us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This means, by the Holy Spirit's power, we strive to grow closer in our relationship and walk with our Savior.
To do this, the first thing for us to do is to stop holding back and hesitating when the Lord asks us to utilize the gifts He has given to us. We must know and believe that the Holy Spirit is the highest authority and guide for us in our lives.
The second thing we ought to do is gladly -- willingly -- surrender our will to the Lord and allow ourselves to be brought into alignment with His plan and purposes. If we refuse to do this, we, like the children of Israel in the wilderness, will find ourselves expending a lot of energy without getting very far.
To help us get where the Lord wants us to go, we can rejoice that He will send the Holy Spirit upon us and grant us all we need to do good works, follow His will, and do that which is well pleasing in His sight.
The third thing we ought to consider is acknowledging that the Lord wishes to make our faith stronger each day. The Bible says that God-given faith is the gift we are given because of the victory which has been won by our Lord and Savior. It is a victory the Lord shares with us. After all, we know that whatever is born of God, overcomes the world.
So we must keep on listening and obeying the teachings of God's Holy Spirit. Because our Savior Jesus Christ is our best Friend in life, when the tempests of life are raging, it is right we come to Him and know the Savior can put a muzzle on any storm.
It is the goal of every Christian who lives in this sinful world to be brought into harmony with the Lord who loves us.
To that end, everyday we will ask the Holy Spirit to be our faithful guide and keep our feet on the narrow path, which the Savior has made. As God gives us grace and wisdom, we will also keep our eyes on our Master and Savior, Jesus.
If we do, if we are brought to Him we will find, more and more, our relationship with the Savior has grown, and it will be easier to see the Lord's handiwork in our days spent on earth and our eternal reunion with the Redeemer in heaven.
THE PRAYER: Thank You Lord for the Bible, which gives us direction for our daily lives. Send Your Holy Spirit upon us, so we may rejoice in our blood-bought salvation and be guided in our lives. This we ask in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Biography of Author: Today's international devotion was written by Daw Hla Yee. Ms. Yee is a retired high school headmistress. Today, she serves as an advocacy group member, an administration board member for YWCA, and at the Lutheran Hour Ministries office, Word of Hope, in Myanmar. In this Southeast Asian country of more than 60 million people, LHM uses Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC) as well as a successful radio program, "Hope for Youth," which appeals to both youth and young adults.
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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries