Daily Archives: July 25, 2019

July 25 Captives of Sin

Scripture Reading: Luke 4:14–30

Key Verse: Luke 4:18

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.

Imagine what it must be like to accidentally get locked in your own bedroom. At first, you probably would not even realize it. After all, the room would be the same; there would be no reason for you to think there was a problem. Your furniture would be there, neatly arranged. Your bed would still beckon you with the hope of peaceful slumber. Your window would still offer the pleasant view that you see every day. There would really be nothing out of the ordinary.

Then, say you wanted to make a sandwich. You click the television off, climb out of bed, and head for the door. Reaching for the knob, you are immediately struck with the realization that your door lock has broken, and the door will not open. You pull and jerk on the knob, but the door does not move. You yell for help, but no one is home. You are trapped; and the worst part is, you never even realized you were a prisoner.

This scene is a bit of a parody, but it aptly represents a biblical truth: all people, whether they realize it or not, are captives of sin. Everyone is locked in his own private prison. The good news, however, is that Jesus came into the world to release the prisoners. That is, He came to free the entire world from the grip of sin.

Thank Him today for the glorious freedom offered by the Cross of Christ. He paid the fine, He bore the punishment, and He has set you free!

Father, thank You for the glorious freedom offered by the Cross. Thank You for paying the price, bearing the punishment, and setting me free![1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 216). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 25 Guilt

Scripture Reading: Romans 8

Key Verse: Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

  1. A Tozer, the noted Christian author and pastor, once talked about individuals who live in the “perpetual penance of regret.”

Are you one of those persons? Do you constantly feel guilty? Are you plagued with unrelenting remorse?

Has your faith in Christ placed you on the staircase to delight and joy, or plummeted you into the cellar of perpetual regret?

The way out of your misery is receiving and extending the magnificent grace of God. Believe this once and for all—your faith in Christ has cleared your account with God. You are forgiven, for past, present, and future behavior. Your debt is paid. Your penance cannot add one merit point to your already perfect standing with your heavenly Father.

But take one more step. As you have received His forgiveness, pass it along to people who have offended you. They owe you nothing. You cannot collect anything from them—not acceptance, security, or affirmation.

Embracing God’s grace to you and extending His grace to others will destroy guilt’s destructive cycle, replacing it with an unceasing celebration of God’s amazing, unconditional love.

Precious heavenly Father, I must admit—guilt over my past often creeps in to haunt me. Free me from guilt’s destructive cycle. Replace my regrets with an unceasing celebration of Your unconditional love.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 216). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 25 Waiting for the Answer

Scripture reading: Colossians 2:6–10

Key verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:24

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Do you ever wonder whether you can trust God? Many deny their worry, but their actions speak differently. Have you ever prayed for something and felt as though your prayers were unanswered?

After a while, it is easy to think that maybe it would be okay to help God out—give Him a little shove to start things off. But you may want to consider the following: God is sovereign. He is both personal and loving. He has not forgotten you. Even though you may have to wait for the answer to your prayer, when it comes, it will be a wondrous blessing because you were willing to wait and trust the Lord for the answer.

God is infinitely wise. All knowledge about all things belongs to Him. A deep love and commitment toward those who have accepted His Son as their Savior are hallmarks of His personal care. Therefore, He has provided a way for sin to be eradicated from your life. In wisdom and mercy, He desires for you to live free from the bondage of sin and failure.

God loves perfectly and completely. He can meet all your needs. You may wonder how this can be, especially since you can’t see or touch Him. Deep within the resources of His love, contentment and a sense of peace are waiting just for you. And nothing the world offers can duplicate these things.

Heavenly Father, I thank You that through faith, I can wait for my answer.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 216). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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