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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Come Out, Come Out, Where Ever You Are!

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Romans  6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Romans  6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Romans  6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

We just had Easter Sunday and God blessed it so much!  7 people were saved and 1 got assurance of salvation, and 1 rededicated his life to God!  We also had an Easter play that was simply amazing!  A lot of hard work went into it, but it was Amazing because of God!  While I think about Easter, I am reminded that Jesus was crucified and gave up the Ghost.  He was buried and rose again the third day!  This got me thinking about God’s Grace.

Grace is getting something good that we do not deserve! These verses are some of my favorite!

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Romans 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Because Jesus rose from the dead, we have God’s Grace, Hallelujah !!!!  I need it!  I also need His mercy!  As I was continuing on in the scripture reading, I went to the next chapter and God reminds us why we have Grace…it is not to wallow in sin!

We have Grace to help us live the Christian life and it helps us come back to God when we mess up!  I know that I may have sounded like I contradicted myself, but understand this; we as sinners are going to sin, no matter how hard we try not to sin.  Those who use Grace to justify their sin, are twisting a righteous gift from God to justify their desire and justification of sinning (iniquity).  God gives  grace to help us retain a relationship with Him.  When we fully understand Grace, we get confidence to know that no matter what we do, what we say, God will forgive us and will accept us back to Him!  This should give us boldness in the Christian life to press on the upward way.  When we get God’s Grace, we are getting an assurance from God that He loves us no matter how bad we mess up! He loves us not because of what we can offer Him, but rather because He is a loving God.  He doesn’t need anything that we have, He chooses to love us regardless of what we can offer Him.

I don’t know about you, but that thought alone gives me the confidence to live the Christian life!  Think about this, God wants you to have 100% total security in the Eternity of your relationship with Him.  When we realize that God’s love will not diminish but rather grow stronger, we should be more zealous and more courageous for Him!  Are you away from the Lord?  If so, He has just enough Grace for you to come back to Him!  Take a moment and do that, come back to God!  He misses You!

 

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April 10, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

As He Thinketh In His Heart

Gen 6:6  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 

The above verse uses some very strong words when it comes to a loving God.  Can you imagine the one person that epitomizes love and grace and forgiveness making the statement that He regrets you ever being born?  When I think of God, what quickly comes to my mind is love, mercy, compassion, etc…but let’s not think that this sums up God.  He is so awesome and intricate that no one can know the mind of God.  So my question still stands, “What makes God say that He regrets   making man?”  The answer is found in the verse 5.

Gen 6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 

At first glance a person might think that there was an action done that would make God that mad, but according to verse 5, what caused God’s outrage was actually every thought and imagination of man was only evil continually.  That may not seem like a “game-changer” for most people, but to God it is.  In fact, He decided to change all of mankind right then with the flood.  I would take a guess and say that God cares about what we think!  God puts high importance on what we think and imagine!  Imagine That!  Here is another verse on thinking

Pro 23:7  For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. 

God hates it when we think on things that are evil.  I didn’t say that we have evil thoughts toward some and want them to hurt, but when we dwell on evil thinking like witchcraft and vampires and werewolfs and immoral and adulterous people and acts.  I don’t know who reads this so I don’t know anything about your life to meddle, but I want to say that what we think about is very important to our God….what do you think about in your spare time?

 

 

January 13, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Gracious Gift

 

Pro 3:34  Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 

Pro 3:35  The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Have you ever wondered why some people seem like they get more grace from God than others?  Is it a recipe that they are “cooking”?  Is it a formula that only they understand?  Is it a process that they perform better than any one?  Well, according to the Bible, God gives grace to the lowly.

Jas 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

When we humble ourselves, God will life us up.  This is the Fundamental problem with most people.  They try to do things in their own power and their own wisdom and fail to realize that God resisteth the proud.  Where do you fit in with this verse?
The wise shall inherit glory.  There is wisdom in humility.  A wise person will humble himself when he makes a mistake.
A wise person will confess and ask for forgiveness rather than trying to “save face”.  A wise person that truly humbles himself will realize that in order for things to progress, he will come to God and leave the solution of the problem to Him.  What will you do?  The choice is up to you!

November 15, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment