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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, February 9, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Paul emphasizes that we do not need to live any longer under sin’s power. The penalty of sin and its power over us were miraculously destroyed by Christ on the cross. Through faith in Christ we are not guilty before Him, God ([see below] Romans 3:21-22). God does not take us out of the world or make us robots—we will still feel like sinning, and sometimes we will sin. The difference is that before we became Christians, we were dead in sin and were slaves to our sinful nature. But now we are alive with Christ. (NLT)
Ephesians 2:1-10 – Once you were dead, doomed forever because of your many sins. You used to live just like the rest of the world, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passions and desires of our evil nature. We were born with an evil nature, and we were under God’s anger just like everyone else.
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s special favor that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms—all because we are one with Christ Jesus. And so God can always point to us as examples of the incredible wealth of his favor and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us through Christ Jesus.
God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
** After all this bad news about our sinfulness and God’s condemnation, Paul gives the wonderful news. There is a way to be declared not guilty—by trusting Jesus Christ to take away our sins. Trusting means putting our confidence in Christ to forgive our sins, to make us right with God, and to empower us to live the way he taught us. God’s solution is available to all of us regardless of our background or past behavior. (NLT)
Romans 3:21-22 – But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight—not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago. We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done.
Quoted verse: Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. –Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)
“Story” – Jenny McBride (Alabama) titled her story “JESUS PAID IT ALL;” here is a portion of Jenny’s story:
“I work in an Alzheimer’s unit at an assisted-living facility. When I tell residents that it’s lunchtime, it’s not uncommon for them to tell me they have no money to pay for their meals. . . . I find great joy in telling them, ‘Your meal has been paid for.’ . . .
“Every time I tell them, ‘Your meal has been paid for,’ I think of the song, ‘Jesus Paid It All’* because certainly, ‘All to him I owe.’ Many of us don’t like to have a bill or owe anyone. We strive to pay off our debts until we owe nothing. The truth is that we may owe God everything, but we can never repay God for all we have received. Certainly, we aren’t worthy of Jesus’ dying on the cross for us. God loves us that much. When I doubt my worthiness, I know that God is saying to me, ‘Jesus paid it all. Your sins are forgiven; your debt is gone.’”
* Elvina M. Hall (1865)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Jesus paid the ultimate price for my sins.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to rejoice in knowing that our sins were paid for by your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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