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Doing His Will

Devotions

This month we have been inspired by the examples of fellow believers. Each of them was committed to reading God’s Word and understood its transformative power. Evangelist Dwight Lyman Moody often said, “The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge, but to change our lives.” He believed in studying the Bible, so it could be proclaimed to the lost. He once said, “If this world is going to be reached, I am convinced that it must be done by men and women of average talent.” Thus began his ministry of book publishing, founding Bible schools, and evangelistic outreach. Moody’s desire was to educate and equip the average person to be a soul winner and to do extraordinary feats for God’s glory.

In today’s text, the author of Hebrews has a similar desire for his readers. Verse 20 begins with a reminder that the main activator, the God of peace, has already done an amazing work in their midst: brought Jesus back from the dead. In verse 21, the author asks God to equip the recipients of this letter with every good thing to do God’s will and that God may do a mighty work in them. This work will be honoring and pleasing to Him.

Moody’s legacy is one of loving the Bible and doing God’s will. While Moody served the Lord, God was doing a mighty work in him. He continually made Moody into an advocate for Jesus and a leader in proclaiming the gospel. As you continue to grow in your walk with the Lord, allow Him to do a mighty work in you, work that is pleasing to Him.

>> What has God taught you this month? Thumb through the previous days. Which story of faith stood out to you and why? What passages of Scripture did the Lord place on your heart and mind? As you go through your days, ministry, and interactions with others, give thanks for those who have followed by faith and left a legacy for us!

Pray with Us

In conclusion of our prayer journey this month, we ask the Lord to help us remember and apply what He has taught us through the Bible and the faith walk of other Christians. Thank the Lord for the wonderful legacy of faith through the ages!

BY Chris Rappazini

Chris Rappazini is the associate professor and program head of the BA and MA in Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary. He is the vice president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and previously served as the associate minister of preaching and teaching at Southside Christian Church in Spokane, Washington. While currently on sabbatical from teaching at Moody, Chris and his wife, Ashley, and their three children reside in Texas.

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