The Other Six
Scripture Reading for 03/08/20 Romans 4:1-8, 13-17 and John 3:1-17
Monday – Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. Are you hurting? God cares. He not only cares. He actively comforts us. In fact, one of the names for the Holy Spirit is “The Comforter.” God knows what it’s like to suffer and He knows if you are suffering. He is not callous or unmoved. He doesn’t always remove the suffering, but He loves you and will comfort you in the suffering. One of the greatest ways He does this is through His Word. He comforts you not only for your sake but so that you can then comfort others. Is there someone you know who you could comfort, today?
Tuesday – Read 2 Timothy 1:9. Are you holy enough for God to let you into heaven? Many people wonder and struggle with this. 2 Timothy gives us some important insight into this question. God saved you and He didn’t do it because you were good enough. He did it for His own purposes and because He is gracious. This passage also says you are called to a holy life, but notice the order. We are saved first then we are called to a holy life as one who is already saved. In fact, Hebrews 10:10 says we are holy because God makes us holy. So, the holy life we are called to is a matter of God telling us to live like the holy people we are through Christ. So, yes, if you believe in Jesus, you are holy enough to get into heaven. You can live like it, too.
Wednesday – Read 1 Peter 3:15. What do you think when you hear the word, “evangelism?” For a lot of us, it’s a scary word. We think of people yelling on the street corner or forced conversations. These may have their place, but what we are encouraged to in 1 Peter is more natural and gentler. It’s responding to the question of why you have hope or why you act the way you do. It’s having an answer when asked. You can do that! We are also told to give that answer in gentleness and respect. We aren’t attacking with the Gospel, we kindly telling others what Jesus did so they can have life. You can do that. Take a few minutes to think about how you would respond if someone asked why you have hope.
Thursday – Read Deuteronomy 7:9. What is the longest commitment you’ve kept? Most people have several commitments. Some we keep better than others. Our commitment to lose weight may only last a few months (or days). Our job may last years (3yrs on average). Our commitment to our spouse will hopefully last decades. What about God? He keeps His commitments forever. He promised a savior after the Fall. Thousands of years later, our savior, Jesus, came and paid the price for our sins. Thousands of years after that, His forgiveness is still here for us for all those who love Him and follow His commands. What are his commands? Read John 6:29.
Friday – Read 2 Peter 1:4. How’s your life going? Is it perfect or are there some things that aren’t going well, maybe many things which are seriously wrong? We live in a fallen world corrupted by sin and that leads to all kinds of sin, suffering, and pain. Christ, however, has overcome this world and makes us His children by faith. When we suffer through the corruption of this sinful world, it can be easy to get lost in it, but God reminds us that through Christ we also overcome this world. We may suffer for a while now, but we will be with him in a new heaven and new earth one day with no such corruption and suffering. In our suffering, let us remember who we are in Christ and keep our eyes focused on Him and His promises.
Saturday – Read Romans 8:28. Are you having a good day? In yesterday’s devotion, we talked about how God has made us His children and will free us completely from the corruption of our sinful world one day. But we don’t have to wait for God to work good in our lives. He’s doing it even now! He is working through every situation you are in right now for your good. In love, He called you, saved you, and is working in your life for your good. So, peace be with you even in the storm. Yes, it is hard, but God is with you and working through that storm.