Marie’s daily verse: Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand (Colossians 3:1 NLT).

DAILY DEVOTION, January 14, 2022

We have been reflecting on God’s grace.  Paul cautions us  in 2 Corinthians 6:1, “not to receive the grace of God in vain.” You receive the grace of God by trusting in Jesus Christ, receiving Him as your Lord and Savior. If you fail to live under the shadow of divine grace, you have received it in vain. Thus, if you wallow in guilt over your sins, refusing to believe in God’s gracious forgiveness, you frustrate His grace. If you live life under a dark cloud of fear, you are not benefitting from God’s grace. If you go through your toils and tribulations and allow them to drag you down into depression or a negative mindset, you have set aside God’s grace. And if you have the mistaken notion that you can do something to earn eternal life, you received the grace of God in vain.

God’s grace is truly amazing.  It does wonderful things in our lives. It guarantees us an eternal future. Remind yourself daily, “I believe in a gracious God. I will live each day trusting in His grace.  Whenever troubles or fears arise, I will not give in to negative human emotions. I will trust in my gracious God.” If you practice living under grace, you will agree with John Newton who wrote the hymn, “Amazing Grace.”  Grace is truly amazing.

Father, I do pray that I will not allow negative experiences to quench Your grace. I do not want to be among those who receive the grace of God in vain. I believe You are a gracious God and I can always count on You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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