Scripture of the Day – Philippians 2:5

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Serve God, and others, with humility today. (Flickr)

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5, NKJV)

Jesus Christ was humble, willing to give up his rights in order to obey God and serve people. Like Christ, we should have a servant’s attitude, serving out of love for God and for others, not out of guilt or fear. Remember, you can choose your attitude. you can approach life expecting to be serve or you can look for opportunities to serve others.

Prayer: “Lord, whatever You ask, I want to obey You. Let my life beat with a servant’s heart. Help me to put away self, walk in humility and think always of others instead of how to gratify my own desires. Thank you, Jesus, for your lovingkindness and tender mercies today.” 

Scripture of the Day – 2 Corinthians 5:21

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Be grateful for Christ’s sacrifice. (YouTube)

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21, NJKV)

When we trust in Christ, we make an exchange–our sin for his righteousness. Our sin was poured into Christ at His crucifixion. His righteousness is poured into us at our conversion. This is what Christians mean by Christ’s atonement for sin. In the world, bartering works only when two people exchange goods or services of relatively equal value. But God offers to trade his righteousness for our sin–something of immeasurable worth for something completely worthless. How grateful we should be for his kindness to us.”

Prayer: Lord, let me never take for granted this wonderful gift you have given me. Your righteousness for my sin is something I can never repay. But help me to give my whole heart to you today and to show others your kindness and mercy, and how good you really are.

Scripture of the Day – Romans 5:10-11

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“For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, how much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. Furthermore, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” (Romans 5:10-11, MEV).

We are reconciled by Christ humbled, we are saved by Christ exalted. The dying Jesus laid the foundation, in satisfying for sin, and slaying the enmity, and so making us salvable; thus is the partition–wall broken down, atonement made, and the attainder reversed; but it is the living Jesus that perfects the work.

“Lord, let me never take my salvation for granted nor the sacrifice you made for me to gain that salvation. Let me always thank you for your loving kindness and tender mercies. Without them, I would totally be lost. Thank you for saving me from eternal death.”

 

Why is the Peace of God Sometimes Elusive?

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“Oh God, why is your peace so hard to find, and the answers to the questions that are on my mind?” – Steve Camp, from his song “Living in Laodicea”

By Shawn A. Akers

As a Christ follower, the pursuit of inner peace can sometimes seem like an arduous and elusive task.  During our most challenging trials and tribulations, why is the peace of God so hard to find?

The problem may be in how we define the word.

Many believers may think of peace as simply feelings of calmness and tranquility—a somewhat temporary emotion. But what peace with God really means, according to Romans 5:1, is that we have been reconciled with Him. When we come to salvation, there is no more hostility between us and the Almighty, no sin hampering the relationship.

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and so we rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (MEV).

When speaking to his disciples, Jesus himself said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world” (MEV).

Jesus made peace with God possible when He paid the price for our sins through His death on the cross. If we remember that the ultimate victory already has been achieved, we can, as Christ followers, claim the peace of Christ in the most troublesome times.

 

 

 

 

Scripture of the Day – Psalm 142:3

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Lord, help us climb out of our deep, dark cave and into the light. (Flickr)

“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path” (Psa. 142:3, MEV).

There is no cave so deep or so dark that we cannot out of it send up our prayers, and our souls in prayer, to God.

“Lord, when I am overwhelmed, please hear my cry. You know where we are in our depths of despair, and you tell us that no burden will be laid upon us that we cannot handle. For the oppressed, the hurting, the forlorn and the discouraged, be with us today and lift us up. We need you because we know you are the only person that can help us during these times of trouble. We love you, Lord. Help us out of our deep, dark cave.