His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:3-4)
Thought for the day:
I came across this story in my files and but don’t remember where I got it:
On July 15, 1986, Roger Clemens, a pitching ace for the Boston Red Sox, started his first All-Star Game. In the second inning, he came to bat, which w he hadn't done in years because in the American League's pitchers don’t have to bat. Well after a few practice swings he stepped up to the plate a waited for a pitch from Dwight Gooden, the previous year’s Cy Young award winner. Gooden wound up and threw a white-hot fastball past Clemens.
And with an embarrassed smile on his face, Clemens stepped out of the box and asked the catcher, Gary Carter, "Is that what my pitches look like?" "YEAH!" replied Carter. Well Clemens quickly struck out, but then he went on to pitch three perfect innings and was named the game's most valuable player.
He later said, that moment was a reminder to him of how overpowering a good fastball is, and it that renewed confidence allowed him to pitch with far greater boldness.
Sometimes we forget that upon our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit within us and that grants us a hugely powerful witness. Believers have been transformed! “All are in Christ Jesus” All called to be saints - holy, and anointed before God BECAUSE of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Do you realize that joy and the power and the privilege that comes with that statement? Rejoice in the Lord, always!
Prayer for the day: