Monday, June 26, 2017

Grace in One Gospel (Galatians 1:6)

Today’s scripture: Galatians 1:6

We live in a world of spiritual “buffets.” Take a bit of this, a little of that. Put it all together and create what works for you.

Even those who call themselves Christians say that the Bible isn’t God’s inherent word or there is more than one road to salvation.

They don’t want truth because it doesn’t line up with what they want to hear. Paul warned of this very thing: “The time is coming when people won’t listen to good teaching. Instead, they will look for teachers who will please them by telling them only what they are itching to hear” (CEV, 2 Tim. 4:3).

The Bible makes it very clear: There is one gospel, one faith, one way of salvation. (See Eph. 4:4-6; John 14:6).

Follow the Bible or don’t. It’s your choice. But if you choose to follow the Bible, then know that there is one gospel, one way of salvation.

One gift of grace.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Gift of Grace (Romans 5:15, 17)

Today’s scripture: Romans 5:15,17

We’ve said this before: Grace is unmerited favor; it’s getting what we do NOT deserve.

Sin entered the world through “one man’s offense.” When Adam chose to go his own way and rebel against God, we all “died” spiritually.

Because of this, we all deserve punishment and eternal separation from God.

But we are so very loved—and I hope you know how loved you are. God, in His infinite grace, through one Man offers salvation and a renewed relationship with Him.

One man brought death; one Man brings life.

That’s what grace is all about.

That’s how loved you are.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Today’s scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:9

If you are reading this devotional, you have some sort of electronic device, which means you have adequate funds to afford it … which means you’re likely wealthier than most of the population of this earth.

But what is true wealth? Money? Things?

Today’s verse talks about Jesus’ being “rich.” I’m relatively certain Jesus has no use for money, so how was He rich, and what did He give up to become “poor”?

He gave up so much more than mere money. He gave up heaven. Heaven! He chose to become human. To feel pain, betrayal, denial, and death.

For us.

And because He was willing to give up His riches to become poor, we, who are spiritually poor, can become rich—in those things that really matter.

We become rich in grace and faith … and we become rich knowing that we’ll spend eternity with Jesus.

True riches!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Grace Through Faith (Romans 5:2)

Today’s scripture: Romans 5:2

This year, we’ve looked at verses about hope, peace, faith, and grace … and it often seems like these words are found together. And this makes sense.

Grace and faith go hand in hand. We have faith in God, and we receive salvation through His grace.

Knowing that we have been saved through grace brings peace.

Even more, as we reflect upon grace, we find great hope in God’s glory. Hope in His everlasting presence and abundant love. Hope in eternity with Him.

Oh, we are so very blessed.

Peace and hope through faith and grace.

What a great God we serve! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Grace in Vain? (2 Corinthians 6:1)

Today’s scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:1

It breaks my heart when I hear people say something like, “Well, I can live however I want as long as I ask for forgiveness.” They really don’t understand what grace is. And what Jesus did for us to receive grace.

They “receive the grace of God in vain.”

For us to have grace—unmerited favor—Jesus died. He died. He gave everything so that we could have everything: salvation, justification, eternal life.

When we think of all He did, we should want to live differently so that He is pleased, so that He receives glory and honor.

Grace isn’t a “get out of jail free” card to be used over and over. It’s a gift, an amazing gift from the sovereign God of the universe.

Be grateful … and don’t take it in vain.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Mystery of Grace (Hebrews 2:9)

Today’s scripture: Hebrews 2:9

I’ll never completely understand this side of heaven why God’s plan for salvation included Jesus Christ’s having to die for us.

Jesus, the Son of God, and in truth, God Himself, came to earth, took on flesh, was betrayed and denied, was beaten and bruised, and died a horrible death.

According to God’s grace.

This is the mystery: God took grace away from a very part of Himself and gave grace to us. Jesus did not deserve death; we do not deserve grace. Yet, He died so we could live.

It is a mystery, but it is the greatest truth! We are saved, redeemed, and justified through the undeserved death of Jesus … God Himself.

Amazing …

Monday, June 12, 2017

Grace and Wisdom (2 Corinthians 1:12)

Today’s scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:12

“Fleshly wisdom” is very, very different than godly wisdom.

The flesh says, “I can do what I want … as long as I don’t get caught.” Godly wisdom says, “I must do what God has called me to do.”

The flesh says, “It’s just a little white lie; no one will know.” Godly wisdom says, “God sees the heart.”

The flesh says, “No one cares what I do.” Godly wisdom says, “God, who knows the number of hairs on my head, wants me to serve Him and others.”

When we live “in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity,” we represent the One who created us and the One who saved us. We honor Him and shine the light of Jesus.

Fleshly wisdom may seem great for today ... but it’s foolish for eternity.