Saturday, April 14, 2018

Christ Came to Save

Today's Reading:
Ezra 3:1-4:23
1 Timothy 1:1-20
Psalm 119:49-56

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Focus Verses: 1 Timothy 1:14-17
14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

God's grace, love, mercy, and eternal life are available to everyone through Christ. There is no one too sinful to be beyond hope. His grace is greater than our sin. Our faith in Christ and surrender to him make us living demonstrations of the hope and transformation God gives to all who believe. Those who are experiencing changed and renewed lives through Christ are moved to exclamations of praise, and quick to give thanks to God.

Response and Action:
I will continually look to Christ for the salvation and the grace I need to become like him. I will live with the intention of making the hope and power of Christ visible to others. It is my hope that God's saving work in my life will be apparent to others. I will express my deepest thanks and highest praise to God for the resurrection life he is giving me through Jesus.

O God, help me to live in full surrender to you. Make me more like Jesus each day. Open my mouth, and my lips will praise you. Make my life a testimony of your saving grace. Help me to bring glory to   Christ in all that I say and do. Amen.

Spiritual Formation Verses: Romans 6:22-23
22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Never Beyond Hope: How God Touches and Uses Imperfect People
by J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystro

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