ily Devotion 10-2-22

Marie’s daily verse: Psalm 16: 

A psalm of David. 1 Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. 2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.”

DAILY DEVOTION, October 2, 2022

 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12).

Notice how affliction is sandwiched between hope and prayer. We definitely do not like afflictions. Paul experienced much affliction and warned us that the same may come our way. When affliction strikes, we are urged to be patient. There are two reasons given to help us attain a patient attitude when life is not going our way. First, we must never forget the hope we have in Jesus. We hope for heaven, and as we focus on that reality, our afflictions do not seem so awful. Focusing on our ultimate hope, heaven fills us with joy, and joy tends to deaden the pain of our trials and tribulations. Elsewhere Paul said that the sufferings of this world are not worth comparing to the glory that awaits us. Hold on to hope.

Then Paul mentions prayer. We have access to God through faith in Jesus. We can cast all our cares on Him, knowing He cares for us. As we seek God’s help and strength when we are going through a trial, we know that He will help us. If He doesn’t remove the affliction, He will give us the strength to bear it. Hope and prayer will carry us through our difficult days.

Father, when life seems to slap me down, help me to remember that I have eternal hope because of Jesus. Help me to remember that I have access to you through prayer. Thank You for these two tools that carry me through all my afflictions. Thank You for Your gracious love. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Daily Devotion 10-01-22

Marie’s daily verse: 

May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace! (Psalm 29:11). 

DAILY DEVOTION, October 1, 2022

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).

In the episode, a father appeals to Jesus for help. His son is ill, He has seizures and often throws himself into fire or water, and the father fears for his son’s life. Jesus tells him that all things are possible through faith. The father responds with the above verse. He believes but has mixed feelings. His faith is mixed with doubt. Jesus responds and heals his son.

The application to us is as follows. We have the same kind of faith as this father. Our faith is never pure, unmixed with doubt. We believe, but . . . If our faith was uncontaminated with doubt, we could do the things Jesus did. Alas, who will claim that his faith is equal to that of Jesus? Sin pollutes even our faith. We believe in Jesus, but we wonder if He will answer our specific requests. I believe Jesus can do anything but when I am confronted with cancer, doubt creeps in. Yes, He can do it, but do I believe He will? I think most of our prayers are like the prayer of the father in our verse. We need to confess our doubts and leave the results in the hands of Jesus.

Father, like the man who approached Jesus for help, I believe, help my unbelief. I pray my doubts will decrease and my faith will increase. I pray I will never doubt that Jesus is my Savior. Amen.

Daily Devotion 9-30-22

Marie’s daily verse:  2 Corinthians 5:7: 

 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

DAILY DEVOTION, September 30, 2022

But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness (Romans 4:5).

I seem to be stuck on faith in my devotionals. It’s a good place to be stuck! Paul makes it clear that we do not work for our salvation. We renounce every notion that we have done any good works that contribute to our salvation. Paul contrasts working and believing. We do not work. We simply believe. We come before God as ungodly persons whose works merit nothing but damnation. Yes, this cuts across modern psychology which encourages us to believe in ourselves. Believing in yourself when it comes to your relationship with God is the road to hell.

Those who come before God and admit they are ungodly are on the road to heaven. A wonderful transference took place at the cross. Our sins were transferred to Jesus who suffered on our behalf. The righteousness of Christ was transferred to us who possess no righteousness. Our faith is counted as righteousness. When God looks at a person who has faith in Jesus, He sees a righteous person. It is not a righteousness we have earned. It is the righteousness of Christ credited to us. Faith is a glorious thing! Don’t leave this earth without it.

Father, I thank you that I have heard the gospel and I have come to believe in your son. It is a wondrous thing to realize that my sins were transferred to Him, and His righteousness was transferred to me. I have no words to adequately express my thanks to you for your great love and mercy. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Daily Devotion 9/29/2022

Marie’s daily verse: Psalm 29:11: 

May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!

DAILY DEVOTION, September 29, 2022

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith (Romans 3:27).

Look at me! I am a Christian. God has poured out His favor on me. I must have some merit in me that God observed and that caused him to save me. —- Please don’t go down that path. The minute we begin to boast about our Christian faith we are demonstrating that we do not understand faith at all. If we have done so many good works that obligated God to save us, then we would have something to boast about. That is certainly not the case. We are in the category of those who have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

Jesus does not save those who think they are righteous. He saves those who admit they are sinners and who, by faith, receive God’s pardon. Faith is not a good work we can boast about. Faith is the empty hand reaching out to God for His mercy and pardon. God’s mercy and pardon are all wrapped up in Jesus and what He has done for us. Jesus did all the work necessary to redeem us. Boast about Him, not about yourself.

Father in heaven, please forgive me when I begin to boast about myself. Help me to understand that I have nothing to boast about. I trust in Jesus who has achieved my salvation. May my boasting center in Jesus. In whose name I pray, Amen.

Daily Devotion 9/28/2022

Marie’s daily verse: Psalm 119:114: 

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.

. DAILY DEVOTION, September 28, 2022

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe (Romans 3:21-22).

These two verses are packed with spiritual truth. First, the righteousness of God is revealed apart from the law. For us, that means we do not obtain righteousness by obedience to the law. Second, the law and the prophets both bore witness to what was coming in the new covenant. We become righteous in the eyes of God when we believe in Jesus Christ. It is faith alone that brings us into the Kingdom of God and into a vital relationship with God.

This is why the Gospel of Jesus is called “good news.” If we are required to obey all of God’s commandments to be saved, we would all be lost. We know that our obedience to the commandments of God is never perfect. In the Gospel, we learn that Jesus Christ bore the judgment of our sins on the cross. What is now required of us is simply to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. All who have sincere faith receive the righteousness of God. In other words, those with faith in Jesus are regarded as righteous by God.  That brings the Kingdom of God within the reach of everyone. We are all capable of hearing and believing in our Lord Jesus.

Father, I thank you for the good news of Jesus Christ. Were it not for Him, I would most certainly be lost. Under the new covenant, I now understand that what is required of me to be saved is faith alone. I do believe in Jesus and now I want to live my life to honor my Savior, in whose name I pray, Amen.