Daily Devotionals
Week August 13 thru August 18, 2018

MONDAY                                            Romans 8:24

“For in hope we were saved.” Theologians, commentators, and a fair number of Christians are sensitive about ascribing salvation to anything other than faith. Scripture doesn’t limit salvation to faith alone, in fact, scripture affirms people are saved “by grace” (Ephesians 2:8), “by the gospel” (1 Corinthians 15:1-2), “by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” (Acts 4:10-12), “by His (Christ’s) life” (Romans 5:10), “through the water of rebirth” (Titus 3:5), “by His (Christ’s) blood” (Revelation 1:5), “by the foolishness of the preaching” (1 Corinthians 1:21), “by baptism” (1 Peter 3:21), “by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3), etc. Any simplistic system that ascribes “only” as a limiting factor to salvation goes against scripture itself. Hope is a factor in salvation, no less than faith and love, all three, in fact, 1 Corinthians 13:13 has love as being the climax.

Prayer: “Jesus, through your love I find salvation. Help me not to limit your salvation but find limitless hope in you. Amen.”

 

TUESDAY                                             Romans 8:25

We are saved by hope, because, without hope, we could not have the patience which is required to prevent us from becoming discouraged. Salvation for the Christian falls within the boundaries of what the world would call “intangibles.”  It is a faithful trusting in “things not yet seen”. Hope is far more than a mere wish that something might exist or be possessed; it is a valid claim, supported by faith, and grounded in confidence that the Lord is able to “guard until that day what I have entrusted to him” (2 Timothy 1:12). This hope which saves is grounded in the Christian’s living faith, but it must also be distinguished from faith.

Prayer: “Jesus, you have given me hope for the future and I find my salvation and hope in you. Amen”

 

WEDNESDAY                                     Romans 8:26

I find this verse to be the most hope-full of all. Because to be honest with you, I seem to strike out more with my prayers than I get hits. So, for me, to know that the Holy Spirit intercedes for me in my prayers is extremely encouraging. This encourages me to pray even more frequently and fervently because I don’t have to be good at it. The Holy Spirit takes my faithful groanings and limited vocabulary and transforms them into coherent prayers that are brought to the very throne of God.

Prayer: “Holy Spirit, take my thoughts, my desires, my needs, and transform my weakness into your strength. I faithfully come to you full of hope that you will provide what is needed.   Amen”

THURSDAY                                         Romans 8:27

As long as our hearts and minds are aligned with the faith, hope, and love of Jesus then we have the Holy Spirit living inside us. It is this same Spirit that intercedes for us and speaks to God the Father. If the Father understands all human hearts, then He must know the unspoken groans of the Holy Spirit on our behalf. In other words, the Spirit takes our deepest feelings and unexpressed needs to the Father, who understands everything perfectly. Nothing leaves God scratching His head, wondering what our real needs are. The Holy Spirit even transforms our selfish and misguided petitions and turns them into what is truly needed.

Prayer: “God, you know my heart and mind because the Holy Spirit lives in me. Thank you for sending your Son so I can have this connection with you.  Amen”

FRIDAY                                                 Romans 8:28

This is one of the most quoted and memorized passages in scripture. It is truly an amazing and powerful passage, but, to be understood properly we need to look at it in the context with which it was written. The Apostle Paul is writing to the church in Rome, a church he has not yet visited but really wants to. Paul is laying out for them the foundation of his faith and this passage is a continuation on his hope of future glory with God. Paul is letting them know that not everything goes the way we think it should but no matter what happens, God has an ultimate plan for good in the lives of those who love Him. When things are going wrong it doesn’t mean God planned it that way, but, God can still use our current situation and turn it into something good. That is why it is so important to maintain the hope of our salvation, a hope that is a faithful trusting in “things not yet seen”. That is why Paul uses the confident assertion that “we know that all things work together for good.”

Prayer: “God, I know you have plans to prosper me and not to harm me. Help me to hold onto your hope that all things work together for good.  Amen”

 

SATURDAY                                          Psalm 19

This is a beautiful Psalm that encompasses God’s work throughout creation, God’s written Word, and our proper response to God. And as the Psalm declares, it is more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey.

Prayer: “God, in you I find hope, salvation, and all my heart desires. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you.  Amen”