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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, August 8, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
These verses introduce a section that contains some difficult concepts. It helps to keep in mind the two-sided reality of the Christian life. On the one hand, we are complete in Christ (our acceptance with him is secure). On the other hand, we are growing in Christ (we are becoming more and more like him). At one and the same time we have the the status of kings and the duties of slaves. We feel both the presence of Christ and the pressure of sin. We enjoy the peace that comes from being made right with God, but we still face daily problems that often help us grow. If we remember these two sides of the Christian life, we will not grow discouraged as we face temptations and problems. Instead, we will learn to depend on the power available to us from Christ, who lives in us by the Holy Spirit. (NLT)
Romans 5:1-5 – Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us–they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
You need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. — Hebrews 10:36 (NRSV)
Kenneth Avon White (Tennessee) titled his story “REPRESENTING JESUS WELL;” here is a portion of Kenneth’s story:
“Recently, when attempting to return a button to its rightful place on my shirt, I was reminded of my inability to sew. . .
“In this moment of frustration, I thought about how I have looked for shortcuts all my life: I cheated on school tests to avoid endless study; I made myself ‘happy’ through drug and alcohol abuse; instead of nurturing challenging relationships, I became satisfied with the status quo. Bible verses like Romans 5:3-5 helped me realize that what I had was a character problem; I was wishing that everything hard or time-consuming would just go away. As a result of Bible study and prayer, I now ask God to help me through challenges instead of finding shortcuts around them.
“The Bible promises that good will result when we endure difficulties with patience. Perseverance will produce character. And character will produce hope. When Christians are known by perseverance, character, and hope, we draw other to a life of serving Christ.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Perseverance is handling difficult situations with godly character.
Prayer: O God, help us to be patient as we go about our day, especially when we are frustrated and about to give up. Amen.
Prayer Focus: FOR PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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