"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life." John 5:24 (ESV)
There is no being good enough for Heaven, eternal life is a gift because only Jesus is good enough. Eternal life is not a reward for the good enough. Our enough is enough to earn us judgement, but not enough to save us. It is believing that Calvary's cross is enough to save that you and I pass from damnation to redemption, from earth to heaven, and from death to life.
Let's pray today that we would praise the Lord in all we say and do because of His gift of salvation.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Relationship not Religion
"But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him." John 4:23 (ESV)
Jesus ushered in the new covenant of worshiping God, not through a religion, but through a relationship. As we search the pages of Scripture we see Jesus was the fulfilment of the letter of the law because the old covenant pointed to Him. In Jesus, we worship God through our relationship with Him, not through religious laws, ordinances, or rituals.
Let's pray today to be in the Bible and conscientious of its pointing toward Christ.
Monday, August 22, 2016
"but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." John 4:14 (ESV)
The refreshing grace of Christ, once willfully drunk in faith, is an eternal thirst quencher. The redemptive work of Jesus Christ is for now and forever. It even gets better because as a saved sinner by grace you now get to share that grace with other sinners wanting to be saved and it is in that sharing that you continue to grow in His refreshing grace.
Let's pray today that we would confess our sins and readily accept the grace of Calvary.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Grace or Wrath
"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him." John 3:36 (ESV)
To believe in Christ as your Savior is to obey Him as your Lord, and that means staying in His grace. The wrath of God is due those who do not believe in Christ. You either receive what's not due to you, that is God's grace in Jesus Christ or you receive what is already due to you, that is God's wrath in the judgements at the end of times.
Let's pray today that we would continually live by grace in faith as we follow Jesus.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
God is love and His love was displayed to the world through His Son Jesus Christ. God's love is unconditional. You can not earn salvation but you can receive salvation by believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who came to show God's love to a denying world. God died for you, paid for your sins, gave you forgiveness, and loves you enough to do that.
Let's pray today that we too may reflect the love of God to the world around us.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Look and Live
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." John 3:14-15 (ESV)
Those who intently gaze upon the Lord Jesus Christ held high on Calvary's cross find reprieve from their sin. The Old Testament points toward the ministry of the Messiah to come, and those who looked upon the serpent found healing from the venom. Behold the Lamb of God that takes away sin and live.
Let's pray today that we focus upon Jesus and sacrifice on Calvary and receive His healing.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
"Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." John 1:51 (ESV)
Angels are God's helpers from heaven because they have an active part in His Kingdom on earth. They tirelessly labor on behalf of those who seek to glorify God in their lives and circumstances. Though we are mostly unaware, there may be a day in heaven when the Lord plays the film of our life and we will be in awe for His angelic intervention.
Let's pray today that we may always welcome God's intervention into His work on earth.