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Monday, July 17, 2017
Today's Devotion
God has so many ways to encourage us and sustain us in the midst of temptation and suffering. At times He even sends angels to us in the midst of our severe trials.

After Jesus had gone without food for forty days and been tempted by Satan himself, God records this for us; "Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him" (Matthew 4:11, NASB).

We aren't told how the angels ministered to Jesus, but they probably provided Him with food and water. "And certainly they could not have come from heaven without bringing strengthening words of assurance and love from His Father." (from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, 1983-2005)

When we need strength to do what is right, God may send an angel to strengthen us! When Jesus was praying, agonizing in the Garden of Gethsemane, angels again ministered to Him:

"He walked away, about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, 'Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.' Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood" (Luke 22:41-43).
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Today's ScriptShare
"Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ" (Jude 3-4).
The LORD bless you and keep you; 
The LORD make His face shine on you, 
And be gracious to you; 
The LORD lift up His countenance on you, 
And give you peace.
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