Life in the Spirit continues. Here is the second set of daily meditations and Bible verses for study and contemplation through the week.
Day 1: We find ourselves in a world with some real problems: inequality, racism, exploitation. In others and in ourselves we see depression, anxiety, boredom, suspicion, and hate. God didn't create the world this way. God promised...
"They will reshape their swords into harvest-tools and nations shall not raise a weapon against another nation. I will gather them all and bring them together." Micah 4:1
Day 2: There are many human plans that promise to save us and the world. Power, money, beauty, possessions. God says...
"As high as the sky is above the earth, so high are my ways above yours and my thoughts above your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9
Day 3: We need more than human ideas and power We need the power of God's transforming love, because even evil can seem more powerful than us. God says...
"It's not against human enemies where the real struggle is, but against the power of evil in the world." Ephesians 6:12
Day 4: Jesus shows us the way to freedom by his teaching and example. He also tells us that God wants abundant life for us.
"Martha said to Jesus, 'If you had been here my brother wouldn't have died, but I know that God will grant you what you ask.' Jesus said, 'I am the resurrection and the life...whoever believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?' 'Yes, Lord,' she said, 'I believe you are Christ, God's Son, the one who has come into the world.'" John 11:21
Day 5: By dying and rising Jesus shows us that self-emptying is the path to freedom and new life.
"By his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:4
Day 6: The resurrection of Jesus reveals God's power over the darkness in our lives and even over the finality of death. God can give you a whole new life, if you're willing to name what you need to let go of.
"God has taken us out of the power of darkness, where we gain freedom and forgiveness." Colossians 1:13-1