Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
The Good News in 108 words…
There are times when I think society has somehow tapped in to a death fixation. The news media is quick to report how many people were killed in gun related crimes, in how many people were killed in car accidents, in how many died in house fires, and there are some who pick up a newspaper and the first thing they check in the death notices. Now don’t get me wrong I am not trying to bury my head in the sand and ignore the fact that death is a real part of life, one that cannot be ignored.
What I want to point out is in spite of all the gloomy news filling our minds there is Good News that is directly related to the life-death-life struggle. “And when you were baptized, it was the same as being buried with Christ. Then you were raised to life because you had faith in the power of God, who raised Christ from death. You were dead, because you were sinful and were not God’s people. But God let Christ make you alive, when he forgave all our sins. God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying the Law of Moses. He took them away and nailed them to the cross. There Christ defeated all powers and forces. He let the whole world see them being led away to as prisoners when he celebrated his victory.” (Colossians 2:12–15, CEV)
“You were dead… But God let Christ make you alive…” God nailed your sins to the cross, buried them with Jesus, and then on Resurrection Sunday made you alive with Christ but when you walked out of the tomb your sins did not come with you. The news does not get any better!
YOU ARE ALIVE NOT JUST PHYSICALLY BUT SPIRITUALLY AS WELL!
I think it is important from time-to-time we remind ourselves that in spite of the disturbing news there is reason to be thankful to God for the life we have. And God tells us how to thank him. “I am God Most High! The only sacrifice I want is for you to be thankful and to keep your word. Pray to me in time of trouble. I will rescue you, and you will honor me.” (Psalm 50:14–15, CEV)
Anticipate! Experience! Believe! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“Jesus is God’s Promise! Every promise God will fulfill in 2015 will come to fruition through your relationship to and with Jesus. Come Jesus, come.”
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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”