Daily Archives: August 9, 2019

August 9 Grace and Peace

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:11–14

Key Verse: Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Once we enter into a relationship with Christ, confessing Him as our Lord and Savior, we are redeemed. The guilt that shadowed our past vanishes in the light of God’s deep forgiveness. While God views us as His sons and daughters, righteous in His sight, we still stumble. Feelings of guilt can rush over us, whispering that we are unworthy in the eyes of our heavenly Father and robbing us of our peace.

When those thoughts enter our minds, we must put them aside and remember what God has proclaimed over us: we are righteous. But we still must confess those sins to the Lord in order to restore our relationship with Him.

Paul writes, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.… For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:12, 14). Living under grace does not mean we have a free pass to sin; rather, it means when we do stumble, God graciously extends a hand of mercy to us when we go before Him and repent. We can never do anything to earn God’s grace and forgiveness in our lives. No matter what we do, it’s only by His grace that we are righteous. It’s only by His grace that our guilt is washed away.

I can do nothing to earn Your grace, dear Lord. It is a gift, and I praise You for it. Your forgiveness covers all my failings.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 232). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 9 Walking Away from God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 73

Key Verse: Psalm 73:25

Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.

His family could have been in upheaval. Maybe he had just witnessed the promotion of a man he knew to be a fraud and a thief. Whatever the causes were, Asaph was discouraged to the point of questioning his faith or, rather, the point of his faith.

If trusting God was such a good thing, why were evil men getting away with murder? Why were the arrogant only getting richer and more powerful by the day, while humble and good people were suffering? These questions could just as easily be asked today. And maybe you have asked them.

What finally turned Asaph’s heart around and put fresh wind in his spiritual sails? He realized once more these powerful truths: “Yet I am always with you [God]; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps. 73:23–26 niv).

The glory of the wicked, when viewed from an eternal perspective, was shown to be fleeting, shallow, and temporary. Asaph had to take a journey through doubt and anger and questioning before he could feel secure in God again. Never be afraid to take this journey.

Dear heavenly Father, when I look at others and question why, help me remember to view things from an eternal perspective. Let my journey through doubt and anger be swift so that I can feel secure in You again.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 232). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 9 Sin and Suffering

Scripture reading: Jonah 1:1–17

Key verse: Jonah 2:2

And he said:

“I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction,

And He answered me.

Out of the belly of Sheol I cried,

And You heard my voice.”

One of Satan’s most deceptive lies is that sin impacts only the person committing the sin. It is a large part of today’s philosophy of moral relativism, which says that whatever a person believes is right for him is indeed right. People believe in fewer and fewer absolutes.

“I’m not hurting anyone but myself” has been uttered under more than one rebellious breath. People should take time to examine that self-absorbed statement and consider why they would ever choose to hurt themselves anyway.

Sin’s roots are those of wild weeds. They grow uncontrollably until they engulf not only the offender but also many others surrounding him. Sin can choke the life out of anyone, including a believer.

Jonah was the only prophet called of God who is on record as having rebelled against Him. The result was that his circumstances grew so bad that he twice preferred death over life. In addition, those innocent and unwitting people around him suffered. The sailors on the storm-tossed ship that carried Jonah had no idea about the baggage he was bringing onboard or he never would have made it through customs!

Although the temptation to sin sometimes seems irresistible, there are few occurrences in life as sobering as seeing an innocent person, especially a loved one, suffer for your rebellion.

Dear heavenly Father, I don’t want to suffer for my rebellion or cause a loved one to suffer. When temptation seems irresistible, keep me from yielding to it.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 232). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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