Daily Devotionals
Week October 8 through October 13, 2018

 MEMORY VERSE   1 PETER 2:9

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
 
MONDAY                                            Ephesians 1:5
In Christ, you have been adopted into a new family. The Apostle Paul explained that Christians are people from diverse backgrounds who are now not only at peace with one another but have become blood-bought brothers and sisters. The Gospel brings people together like few things can. It causes people who would’ve never been in the same room together to love each other like family – because they are. Galatians 3:26 says, “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus”. The blood of Jesus that washes us is greater than our race, creed, nationality, ethnicity, or culture. Love across social barriers brings glory to God because it is so rare outside the Church. So, it doesn’t matter what family you were born into – whether you are proud of your family or not; in Christ, we are all part of a beautiful, diverse family of God.
Prayer: “Jesus, your resurrection invites me to live, talk, walk, and serve like you did; thank you for inviting me into your family. Amen.”  
 
TUESDAY                                             2 Corinthians 4:6
The Bible tells us when we come to Christ, our spiritual eyes are suddenly opened, a veil is lifted, and the light of Christ shines on us. This light is “the knowledge of God’s glory…in the face of Christ”. When we receive the Gospel, we see everything differently. Our eyes are opened to see the glory of God and seeing His glory changes everything in our lives. We see ourselves in proper perspective when our eyes are open to God’s glory. And when we realize the glory of God, we are forever ruined for the things we lived for before. We can no longer direct our lives around ourselves; rather, we long to abandon everything to live for His kingdom purposes and glory. Our spiritual vision is now clear. We were blind, but now we see.
Prayer: “Jesus, open the eyes of my heart to see your eternal glory breaking out in the everyday moments of my life. Amen”  
 
WEDNESDAY                                     John 10:10
Jesus said that He came to bring us into abundant life. What does that mean? There are lots of wrong ways to read the word abundant. We have to remember that Jesus ultimate purpose on this earth was to die on the cross and then rise from the grave. Everyone who follows Him has been called bot the carry our own cross and to one day be resurrected with Him forever. Sometimes this life doesn’t seem so bright, even as a Christian, but because of the Gospel, we always truly have a bright future. Prayer: “Jesus, Your resurrection gives me hope that every dark thing will be swallowed up in life; help me hold fast to the hope of today.   Amen”
 
THURSDAY                                         Philippians 3:7-11
In the Gospel, we gain something so much greater than anything money can buy. Paul had experienced worldly success, intelligence, and notoriety in his community before finding Christ, yet he realized all his worldly gains were actually losses compared to the “surpassing greatness” of knowing Christ through the Gospel (Ephesian 1:19). When you believe in Jesus, it is greater than your wildest dreams. Maybe you dream of being successful, famous, or wealthy. Maybe you dream of giving your life to serve the poor and making a real difference in the world. All your greatest dreams realized – selfish or altruistic – pale in comparison to what you have received in Christ!
Prayer: “Jesus, please help me remember You have already given me more than I could ever imagine. Amen”  
 
FRIDAY                                                 Romans 8:37-39
We often translate the Greek word gospel as “good news.” It is a literal and helpful translation, but it is also woefully inadequate – far too pale to describe what God has done. When you think of “good news,” you probably think of hearing that your favorite sports team won, or a friend had a baby, or getting a good grade on an exam or a raise at work. Each of those is an example of good news, but the Gospel says something so much greater. The Gospel is way more than good news; it’s a report of victory. The army of darkness has been defeated by Christ. Jesus won the battle that decides our eternity! We do not have to be slaves anymore. We don’t have to work meaninglessly for the cruel masters of this world: performance, addiction, anxiety, bitterness, public approval, lust, pride, and money. We are free because we have won! This is much deeper and more powerful than our simple English understanding of “good news.”
Prayer: “Jesus, thank you for winning the only battle that truly matters and bringing that victory to me.  Amen”  
 
SATURDAY                                          2 Corinthians 3:2-3
Your story is powerful; it destroys darkness – not only in your life but in other people’s lives. Whenever you share about your pain and healing, your testimony draws others with pain to the healing of the Gospel. Whenever you share about your brokenness and rebuilding, your testimony draws others with brokenness to the rebuilding aspect of the Gospel. Your story is powerful – it can destroy what Satan is doing.
Prayer: “Jesus, thank you for transforming the story of my life into an epic of grace. Help me boldly share what you have done in my life through my words, attitudes, and actions every day.  Amen”