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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, November 4, 2014
The story in The Upper Room is titled “FINISHED WITH SHAME AND GUILT” by Avon White (Tennessee).
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Until this time, a complicated system of sacrifices had atoned for sins. Sin separates people from God, and only through the sacrifice of an animal, a substitute, could people be forgiven and become clean before God. But people sin continually, so frequent sacrifices were required. Jesus, however, became the final and ultimate sacrifice for sin. The word finished is the same as “paid in full.” Jesus came to finish God’s work of salvation (John 4:341; John 17:42), to pay the full penalty for our sins. With his death, the complex sacrificial system ended because Jesus took all sin upon himself. Now we can freely approach God because of what Jesus did for us. Those who believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection can live eternally with God and escape the penalty that comes from sin. (NLT)
John 19:28-30 – Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! –2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)
Here is Avon’s story: “My mother worked, assembling heaters, to support her four children. On the weekends, Mama consoled herself by drinking until she was drunk. On weeknights, she released her frustrations by wielding a leather belt as punishment when her children left a chore undone, argued with each other, or questioned an order. Mama’s insecurities led to poor choices: an abusive boyfriend; isolation from her parents and siblings; and drug and alcohol abuse, which eventually contributed to her death.
“I continued the pattern of making poor choices, which mired me in shame and guilt. I chose alcohol and drugs over spiritual and personal development, isolation over community, taking instead of giving. I longed to be set free. One day, sitting in a cold, grey cement-block cell, I found freedom as I read about Jesus’ dying on the cross. I realized that Jesus made a choice to save me from my bad choices. The Savior’s final words, ‘It is finished,’ mean that I am saved from sin and from sin’s damaging byproducts: anxiety, shame, and guilt. When we truly believe this, we can be set free from the hurts, hang-ups, and bad habits that keep us from becoming the people God intended us to be.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – In Christ we are free from shame and guilt.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to understand that Jesus’ death and resurrection mean that we are set free from bondage. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO FEEL DEFEATED BY PAST MISTAKES
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DECEIVE, DECEIT, DECEPTION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/deceive-deceit-deception/
PERFECT, PERFECTION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/perfect-perfection/
PROMISES, PROMISE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/promises-promise/
FAILURES, FAILURE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/failures-failure/
WRONG, WRONGDOING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/wrong-wrongdoing/
1 The “food” about which Jesus was speaking was his spiritual nourishment. It includes more than Bible study, prayer, and attending church. Spiritual nourishment also comes from doing God’s will and helping to bring his work of salvation to completion. We are nourished not only by what we take in, but also by what we give out for God. (NLT)
John 4:34 – Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.”
2 Jesus is referring to completing God’s work on earth.
John 17:4 – [Jesus said] “I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to do.”
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