You have been chosen.
August 29th, 2019
Today’s devotion is based on Romans 10:15-17, ‘How can the message be proclaimed if the messengers are not sent out? As the scripture says, ‘How wonderful is the coming of messengers who bring good news!’ But not all have accepted the Good News. Isaiah himself said, ‘Lord, who believed our message?’ So then, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes through preaching Christ.”
The good news of Jesus Christ came to you by a long line of people: pastors, teachers, family, friends, a Bible someone printed, maybe even with the help of modern technology. The point is that God doesn’t just zap the truth into people’s minds. He sends his good news via various messengers. How can others learn about Christ? They need to hear. They need to be told. You are God’s messenger, the bearer of good news!
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Lord God, use me to share the wonderful good news of Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection with those who do not know of God’s love toward them. I pray this through Jesus’ blessed name. Amen.
You live in God's Kingdom
Today’s devotion is based on Romans 9:23-25, “And he also wanted to reveal his abundant glory, which was poured out on us who are the objects of his mercy, those of us whom he has prepared to receive his glory. For we are the people he called, not only from among the Jews but also from among the Gentiles. This is what he says in the book of Hosea: ‘The people who were not mine I will call ‘My People’.”
People who spent their childhood years moving from place to place, especially if some of those places are foreign countries often suffer from not knowing where they belong. They lack a clear national identity.
I don’t know if you ever thought of it, but as a Christian even if you have a hard time knowing where you belong, can know that because God has called you to be his in your baptism you live in his kingdom. That is your identity no matter where you live.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, whenever I am confused as to my identity, remind me that I belong to you through Jesus your Son. Amen.
God never quits loving you.
Today’s devotion is based on Romans 8:31-39: “Who, then, can separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble do it, or hardship or persecution or hunger or poverty or danger or death? As the scripture says, ‘For your sake, we are in danger of death at all times; we are treated like sheep that are going to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!”
A person’s word, for example, isn’t what it used to be. Even when a contract is written on paper, words can be twisted to mean something else, changes and amendments can be made, or the whole contract revoked.
There is, however, one promise that cannot be changed or revoked. It is a rock-solid promise. God’s love for you is a steadfast pact. God’s love remains forever, ‘even when the biggest of mountains have crumbled away. Even when you feel unworthy or unloved, remember that there is nothing in all creation that will separate you from God’s love in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the rock-solid cement who binds you to God’s heart.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for your steadfast love for me. Free me from all doubt and assure me of this love All glory and honor are given to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion is based on Romans 8:28-30. “We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose. Those whom God had already chosen he also set apart to become like his Son so that the Son would be the first among many believers. And so those whom God set apart, he called; and those he called, he put right with himself, and he shared his glory with them.”
One thing the Bible teaches about God is that he doesn’t waste even the worst things that happen in life. He wants to use them for good—for your good. He loves you. He desires your wellbeing in all things. He has the power to bring good out of bad in the lives of those who love him. When things are going wrong in your life, wait patiently for his blessing. He will complete the good work he began in you when he first called you to himself.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, teach me through your Word to look to you when things are going wrong in my life. Remind me that all things, even if I don’t see them, work out for good to those who believe in you. All glory and honor are given to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen
Today’s devotion is based on Romans 8:11: “If the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death, lives in you, then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal bodies by the presence of his Spirit in you.”
The Bible is your redemption story. Every person is guilty of sin, even those who strive to live clean, blameless lives. Jesus bore the ‘guilty’ verdict in your stead. In Jesus, you can say with confidence, ‘The Sovereign LORD himself defends me—who, then, can prove me guilty?’ (Isaiah 50:9a). Your sentence has been dropped; your record wiped clean. What sweet freedom this is!
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for freeing me from all condemnation and giving me your Spirit of life. Help me to remember this freedom daily and to walk in your ways. All glory and honor are given to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion is based on Romans 7:18-20, “I know that good does not live in me—that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it. I don’t do the good I want to do; instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do. If I do what I don’t want to do, this means that I am no longer the one who does it; instead, it is the sin that lives in me.”
Have you ever woken up in the morning determined not to sin that day? If you have you know how well that worked out. Somehow trying not to sin heightened my awareness of how often I did sin. Sins of omission, sins of thought, and committed sins inundated me throughout the day. By the end of the day, I realized that it was impossible not to sin.
Paul understood that side of humanity only too well. It is gratifying to know that even a Christian as devoted as Paul could have down days. Thank the Lord that you are not dependent on your good actions to be righteous in his sight. You are justified in his sight, bad days, or not.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, help me, Lord, when my days sinful and my thoughts are far from you. Guide me back to your light and calm m
God's Law is good.
Today’s devotion is based on Romans 7:7,8: “Can we say, then, that the Law itself is sinful? Of course not! But it was the Law that made me know what sin is. If the Law had not said, ‘Do not desire what belongs to someone else,’ I would not have known such a desire. But by means of that commandment sin found its chance to stir up all kinds of selfish desires in me. Apart from law, sin is a dead thing.”
Ignorance of God’s Law still brings death to those who disobey it. The Law in itself is not sinful; it shows what sin is. The Law accuses us of wrongdoing. In desperation, we look to Christ, the one who took God’s punishment in our place. In the knowledge of forgiveness, the Law becomes a guide on how we are to live while at the same time continuing to show us how much we are in debt to the Lord for his gift of forgiveness.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, help me to know your will, Lord, so that my ignorance does not cause me to sin. Forgive the times I disobey you when I do have full knowledge of the law. Thank you, Lord, for freeing me from the prison of sin. Help me to trust and follow you to eternal salvation. All glory and honor are given to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen