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The Upper Room Devotional 4th January 2023 – Setting the Tone

The Upper Room Devotional 4th January 2023
The Upper Room Devotional 4th January 2023 by Irene Robinson (Gauteng, South Africa). As you study today’s devotional, remember this; “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)

TOPIC: Setting the Tone

James 2:14-26

My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? – James 2:14 (CEB)

The Upper Room Devotional 4th January 2023 MESSAGE

During my teen years, I was looking for meaning in life. I had recently moved from a small town to a big city, and I didn’t know many people. I started attending a church where I met a woman almost 50 years my senior. She invited me to dinner and showed me how to become a believer in Jesus Christ. For the next three years, she and her husband made me a part of their family. I enjoyed many meals and activities with them, cared for their house when they went on holiday, and took trips with them. During that time I was also part of a weekly Bible study group for young adults.

Those first three years of my Christian life set the tone for how I would live out my Christian faith. Eventually I had to leave that church to attend school in another town. I asked my dear friend, “How can I ever thank you for all you have done for me?” She answered, “Do it for someone else.” And that’s what I have sought to do.

Dear Lord, help us not only to tell others about our faith but also to show them what it looks like. Amen.

How can I show someone I meet today what a genuine Christian life looks like?

Someone new to my town

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Salvation Prayer

Have you ever made Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life?

If not, pray this prayer and start a new life in Christ.

Dear God, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Rom. 10:9). I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank You for saving me! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

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