DEVOTIONS

March 28-April 2

Monday, March 28 – “What I mean is this: One of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas’; still another, ‘I follow Christ,’” (1 Corinthians 1:12) There is nothing wrong with walking with people, while following Jesus.  There is something very wrong with following people, while you are walking with Jesus.  It’s a very fine line, but it’s important that you know the difference.  We all need leaders, but none of us need a Savior.  Because of Jesus, that position in your life has already been filled.  Make sure the people in your life are walking with you, as opposed to ruling over you. 

 

Tuesday, March 29 – “By no means!  We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:2) As a follower of Jesus, you have died to sin.  This doesn’t mean that you will never sin again.  This simply means that sin isn’t the only option in your life.  Because of Jesus, you don’t have to “live in it any longer.”  Because of Jesus, you have total forgiveness of your sins.  It’s a gift that God has freely given.  Because of Jesus, you now have the possibility of overcoming every sin in your life.  What you do with this possibility is totally up to you.  But your decision doesn’t change the fact that, because of Jesus, you don’t have to live in sin any longer.

 

Wednesday, March 30 – “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:10) You live a life, filled with sin.  In the midst of that sin-stained life, God came and dwelt with you, in the person of Jesus.  He came to pay the price for all of the sin, that is staining your life and separating you from God.  Upon his death and resurrection, the power of sin was removed.  You’re no longer forced to live in your sin.  You made the decision to believe in Jesus and you opened this gift for yourself.  Forgiveness is yours and will always be yours, by grace through faith in Jesus.  Now you get to go out and live, with Jesus as your example!             

 

Thursday, March 31 – “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5:15) What are you living for?  Are you living for your kids?  Are you living for your job?  Are you living to retire?  Are you living for your spouse?  Are you living for the weekend?  No shame, no condemnation, just raw honesty, allowing God to meet you there.  God is in the business of transformation.  So, if your answer to that question was anything to do with yourself, claim it, confess it and invite God in to transform your perspective.  Don’t be what you live for, live for who you are – someone who is saved by grace through faith in Jesus. 

 

Friday, April 1 – “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.  But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” (Colossians 1:21-22) This is your new life – “without blemish and free from accusation.” How can this be?  You have done enough in your life to warrant God being done with you.  Also, you confess that you will do more things in the future to warrant God being done with you.  Good thing that all of this has nothing to do with you and everything to do with Jesus! 

 

 

Saturday, April 2 – “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.’” (Galatians 3:13) It’s no accident that Jesus died when he did, at the hands of whom he did, and in the manner in which he did.  It’s all a part of God’s master plan.  No curse can be redeemed by simply acting differently, focusing on the outside in order to transform the inside.  A curse can only be redeemed by being different, focusing on the inside in order to transform the outside.  Jesus became the curse in order to redeem all of us from the curse.  He became the curse, so that none of us have to be cursed.