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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, October 17, 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:
And so God can always point to us as example of the incredible wealth of his favor and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us through Christ Jesus. – Ephesians 2:7 (NLT)
We become Christians through God’s unmerited favor, not as the result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice, or act of service on our part. However, out of gratitude for this free gift, we will seek to help and serve others with kindness, love, and gentleness, and not merely to please ourselves. While no action or work we do can help us obtain salvation, God’s intention is that our salvation will result in acts of service. We are not saved merely for our own benefit but to serve Christ and build up the church. (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.
Quoted verse: By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. – Ephesians 2:8 (NRSV)
“Story” – Flo Au’s (Hong Kong, China) story is titled “GOD’S SALVATION;” here is a portion of Flo’s story:
“I live in a city where students are very competitive. I got used to the competition at a young age and became focused on staying at the top. . . . I would tell myself that I would do better than he next time. But even when I did, instead of feeling happy I felt filled with overwhelming pressure and fatigue.
“Following my second year at the university, I developed serious flu-like symptoms, and I started losing weight. I managed to finish my final year of college, but I was apprehensive about my future. I wondered, With such a poor physical condition, what can I possibly do after graduation?
“Scripture offered me great comfort during that time, and it continues to help me today. The Bible reminds me that we are saved by the grace of God. Our salvation is a gift. God does not require top grades, a certain status, or huge success. Loving grace is readily given to anyone who reaches out to God. Even during difficult periods, God continually restores us through scripture and love.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God loves me regardless of my achievements.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you that our salvation does not depend on our achievements. Help us feel your presence in all the times of our lives. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO FEEL THEIR WORTH DEPENDS ON ACHIEVING
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/