Strong in Christ
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” Ephesians 6:10 (ESV)
Don’t evaluate your spiritual stamina before deciding to follow Jesus because you’re weak, but He is strong for you. You are a fallen sinful human being and your success in following Jesus Christ is not up to your strength but His. You claim His strength through faith, and when you take your eyes off Him and sink, you claim His redemption and refocus again on His strength, not yours.
Let’s pray today for the Holy Spirit to help us to find our strength in Him alone.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Strong in Christ
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)
In our Christian maturity it’s easier to recognize a younger version of ourselves, and be less critical of others. Non-believers tend to be very critical of others who possess the same character traits, as if they can abolish from other’s what they can’t in themselves. But we are believers, and we have every reason to be grateful of our Lord’s forgiveness for our own shortcomings.
Let’s pray today that we may extend grace and kindness to others just as Christ has and does for us.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Grace at Calvary
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
Salvation is not a paycheck, a contract, a dividend, a reward for anything done – it’s the free grace of Calvary. Grace is a new birth through faith, not by returning to the womb, but because Christ Jesus left the tomb. We are forgiven by His grace and we are saved by faith, and we accept that just as we receive a gift from a friend, a name from our family, life from our father, and birthing from our mother.
Let’s pray today that we may all accept the grace of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Sealing of His Spirit
“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit” Ephesians 1:13 (ESV)
Like a ziplock seal, the Holy Spirit keeps the freshness of salvation within and contamination of doubt out. Do not fear the loss of your salvation. Keep believing in Calvary, keep walking in the Word, and keep living the sealed life of the Spirit. The sealing of the Spirit is a picture of how we live the sanctified life in the full security of His protection of salvation.
Let’s pray today for those who doubt their salvation and who need the convicted power of eternal assurance.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Reaping God’s Rewards
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (ESV)
Eternal rewards come from God so doing the right thing in His eye, not for man’s approval, is our motivation. It’s easy to think no one notices or no one cares, but it is the very persistence of commitment to biblical faith that witnesses to the glory of God. So don’t let discouragement stop you. Know that your faithfulness in righteousness will be rewarded.
Let’s pray today for those who are weary in doing good and staying faithful to God in trying times.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Character of Christ
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
There is a harvest to reap from your biblical faith and it is the fruit of His Spirit, not the wages of your works. When we our led by God’s Spirit, because we are feeding on God’s Word, we will produce God’s fruit. Like a tree whose fruit is easily seen and readily available to those near, so is our Christian character exposed to others for the purpose of refreshing.
Let’s pray today that we may be so led by God’s Spirit that others will see the character Christ when around us.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Justified by Grace
“Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’” Galatians 3:11 (ESV)
Biblical faith is simple but some complicate Christ’s grace with religion in order to remain in control. If we walk by sight, seeing our own compliance to works, than we selfishly deny Christ’s grace by not exercising faith in God’s ability to save us from our sin. When we walk by faith, we may fall, but by His grace we are encouraged to keep walking forward trusting in Christ’s control of our lives not ours.
Let’s pray today for those who find it hard to trust in Christ’s grace and relinquish control to Him.