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Daily Devotional (August-31-2022) Right with God by Faith in Christ.
Scripture Reference: Romans 3:21-25 - “But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.”
How can we be made right with a Holy and perfect God? How could we ever begin to think that we could have a relationship with God Almighty? Paul wrestled with these very issues and then wrote down some very good news. Based on his knowledge of Scriptures and his personal experience, he was led by God to write down a clear explanation of how be right with God. He writes, “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” All of us have missed the mark of God’s standard of perfection so God came up with a plan of substitution. He would offer His own Son, Jesus, the perfect one as our sacrifice. Again Paul writes, “Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.” God offers us the free gift of salvation, but we must take it. It isn’t good enough to know about it, or have parents who believe it, we must make a cognitive choice to realize our own need and see Jesus as the solution. Paul elaborates, “People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.” Personally accepting Jesus as the sacrifice for your sins is your only hope of forgiveness and personal relationship with God. Today, if you haven’t already, come to God on His terms. Enter a relationship with Him by thanking Him for the gift of eternal life and the forgiveness of your sins because of what Jesus did on the cross for you.
Prayer - Father, I know that I have done wrong and am in desperate need for forgiveness. I want to know You personally and become Your child. Thank You for the death of Your son Jesus on the cross for me. Come into my heart and be my ruler. I accept Jesus as the sacrifice for my sins. Thank You for forgiving me and making me Your child. In Jesus’ name. AMEN
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Joyce Meyer (August-13-2022) Daily Devotional: The Mind of Christ
You and I have been given the mind of Christ—this is a promise straight from the Word of God. To begin to understand what that means, consider what Jesus’ mind was like when He lived on the earth. He was confident in Who He was. He didn’t let the negativity of others distract Him. He was fully aware that He was loved by God. And He was focused on accomplishing God’s plan for His life.
Now take a moment to consider what thoughts occupy your mind. If you’re distracted by the opinions of others, if you get upset easily, or if your mind is full of doubt and unbelief, you are not yet experiencing all that God desires for your life. But things can change. God can renew your mind and bring you to a place of victory!
The renewal of the mind is a process that requires time, and it’s a process that the enemy aggressively fights against. It is important we purposely choose right thinking. When we feel the battle for our mind is difficult, we can determine that, with God’s help, we are going to purposely choose life-generating thoughts.
The renewing of the mind takes place little by little, so don’t be discouraged if progress seems slow. Take a stand and say, “I will never give up! God is on my side. He loves me, and He is helping me!”
Prayer Starter: Lord, I’m thankful that I choose right thinking. With Your help, I can change any negative thoughts that are affecting my life. I can win the battle of the mind by spending time in Your Word, meditating on Your promises, and making a conscious effort to think God-honoring thoughts over my life, amen.
Dr. David Jeremiah - Watch Sermon: What It Means to Be "In Christ" - Colossians 3:1-11
The Christian life offers unmatched personal blessings. But did you know it also holds the key to ending the world’s racial, cultural and social barriers? Dr. David Jeremiah examines Colossians chapter three and shares how belief in Christ ought to shape your life’s priorities and purpose.
Billy Graham - Watch Sermon: The High Cost of Following Christ. God asks you to give Him control of your body, mind and heart—and in return, He’ll give you something better. Hear Billy Graham explain what in this 1983 sermon from Orlando, Florida.
David Jeremiah - Watch Sermon: The Second Coming of Christ. Since Jesus Christ ascended into heaven before His awestruck disciples, God's people have been waiting for His Return. Revelation 19 gives us details about Christ's Second Coming.
John MacArthur (July-30-2022) Daily Devotional: Enjoying Fellowship with Christ
"Though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory" (1 Pet. 1:8).
Fellowship with Christ is built on love, trust, and obedience.
The recipients of 1 Peter, like us, had never seen Christ but they enjoyed fellowship with Him just the same. And their fellowship was genuine because it was marked by love, trust, and obedience.
The love Peter speaks of in 1 Peter 1:8 isn't shallow emotionalism or sentimentality. It's the love of the will— the love of choice. His readers had chosen to love Christ despite never having seen Him physically. Such love is marked by obedience, as Jesus affirms in John 14: "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. . . . He who does not love Me does not keep My words" (vv. 15, 24). To have fellowship with Christ is to love and obey Him.
Another element of fellowship is trust. After hearing reports about Christ's resurrection, the disciple Thomas declared that he would trust Jesus only after seeing and touching Him. Jesus honored his wishes, saying, "Reach here your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing" (John 20:27). But then Jesus said, "Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed" (v. 29). We as Christians are among those who believe in Christ, not having seen Him.
The result of loving and trusting Christ is "joy inexpressible and full of glory" (1 Pet. 1:8). This joy is something beyond the ability of speech and thought to convey. That's obvious even on the human level—as evidenced by the thousands of songs that have attempted to communicate the joy of being in love. "Full of glory" refers to the divine element in Christian joy. It's a supernatural endowment bestowed and energized by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22).
Enjoying fellowship with Christ is one of the supreme privileges of your Christian life. Strengthen and enrich that fellowship by learning the Word and relying on the Spirit. As you do, you will learn to love and trust Christ more deeply.
Suggestions for Prayer
- Ask God to teach you how to love and trust Him more faithfully. Thank Him for the joy that comes as you do.
For Further Study
- Memorize Matthew 22:37.