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A Devotion for Teachers for the week of AUGUST 12, 2018

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                                        WALK IN GOD’S GRACE NOT IN YOUR OWN POWER

Romans 8:12-14 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation--but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 

        Roman 12:1 instructs us to present ourselves as a living sacrifice—daily.  Your flesh has a sinful, carnal nature and it will naturally follow a path of destruction.  Therefore, you must crucify your fleshly nature daily and submit to the Spirit of God within you as you allow God to be your guide for today.  Your carnal nature is “self-centered.”  The Spirit of God within you is “God-centered and others’ centered.”  

        When walking in your own power, your self-centered approach to life will bring strife.  Walking in the Spirit leads you to trust, contentment, and rest.  Are you striving today or resting?  If you’re struggling, choose to exchange your self-centered thoughts for God-centered thoughts of faith and trust. Seek to serve rather than be served. 
          Put on a servant's attitude this week as you begin the new year.  God led you to your assignment this year.  He set your team(s) together to accomplish his purposes for the year.  People will be taught and influenced by you, and you will influence other people.  We never live in a vacuum.  Each day, each term, each year our lives intermingle with those around us, and we are changed.  Submit yourself to the "tools" God chose to chip off the rough edges of your life this year.  Also, embrace the ones that he sent to help soothe the abrasions.  If willing, you can become a brighter reflection of Christ by the end of the year.  
Dear God, I admit that I am striving today.  Forgive me for my determination that things have to go my way.  Forgive me for questioning your goodness and taking matters into my own hands.  Help me to relax and enter your rest as a choice.  I give you control of those things that cause me to strive rather than to trust in you.  I want to grow closer to you this year. 




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