"For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his." Romans 6:5 (ESV)
Jesus didn't just die for you, He also arose from the grave to eternal life for you. Just as at Calvary your sins were forgiven, so at the tomb your life is made new, forever. You can not duplicate Calvary or resurrection morning through works, but through faith you can believe that His word is true - you are united with your Lord in forgiveness of confessed sins and the new life of His grace.
Let's pray today that we may grow in faith believing that His resurrection life is ours, too.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Calvary has Happened
"For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life." Romans 5:10 (ESV)
It's easy to doubt your salvation when you see your sins, but remember that Calvary has already happened. God has invested in you prior to your birth through the sacrifice of His Son and He is not pulling back from that eternal investment in you. Jesus Christ gave up His Heavenly throne for an earthly cross so you can have eternal life.
Let's pray today that may be in praise and awe of our Lord Savior Jesus Christ.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
"For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin." Romans 3:20 (ESV)
The old covenant law was meant to instruct us on how not to sin, not on how to be saved. Justification is by faith, not works. God will not justify your entrance into heaven by your religious works or by any standard of keeping the Old Testemant laws and regulations, but by grace through faith in the work of Jesus Christ.
Let's pray today that we would obediently trust in Christ's grace for our justification to be saved.
Friday, September 23, 2016
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16 (ESV)
In modern times being a Christian has been a quiet walk, but the gospel is meant to be a loud pursuit. The gospel speaks volumes to those who choose to remain in their sin. The gospel puts backbone in a persecuted saint, it preaches words beyond the ability of any pulpit, it is power to the powerless, and that is louder than any evil-doer can shout.
Let's pray today that we may be the gospel of Jesus Christ through our words and deeds.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Sanctified by Grace
"And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified." Acts 20:32 (ESV)
The sanctified life of a Christian is not about adherence to works but about growing in Christ's grace. If you can be obedient to religious laws then you'll have no need to be saved by Christ's righteousness for forgiveness of sins. God doesn't seek the self-righteous for His heaven because they won't like a place where everyone else is a sinner saved by grace.
Let's pray today to not be discouraged by our sins but run to Christ for grace.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
"The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent" Acts 17:30 (ESV)
God does not hold men accountable for what they do not know, but for what they willfully reject. We either turn toward Him or we turn away from Him. Do not think any one has a claim of excuse, because even without the Scriptures, men have the revelation of nature and magnificence of creation that testifies to the truth of a loving God.
Let's pray today to fully accept and follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
"And they said, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." Acts 16:31 (ESV)
When a man trusts in Jesus as His personal Savior, the gospel in their life influences those close to them. Someone can claim they have changed, but when Christ changes a life it is evident to others. The gospel changes hearts, minds, and attitudes and when others see that change in us we become a witness for God's glory.
Let's pray today that we may be so filled with the gospel in our lives influences others.