Daily Devotional - March 23, 2021
❤ Worship: If you'd like to play a song before you begin or while you read, may we recommend "Clean" by Natalie Grant. Why not try asking alexa, siri, or google to play it for you?!
💛 Daily Verse: Even though you were once distant from him, living in the shadows of your evil thoughts and actions, he reconnected you back to himself. He released his supernatural peace to you through the sacrifice of his own body as the sin-payment on your behalf so that you would dwell in his presence. And now there is nothing between you and Father God, for he sees you as holy, flawless, and restored,
☆ Colossians 1:21-22 TPT
🧡 Let's Talk About It: Depending on your theology, you may believe yourself to be completely justified before God, or not.
See, Catholicism believes justification comes through the adherence of the sacraments. However, Protestants believe justification was imputed by the Holy Spirit during our conversion (making Jesus Lord of your life).
One is a salvation by works worldview. The latter is a salvation by faith worldview (in that we believe Christ will keep His promises).
But today's devotion is not a debate as to what theology concerning the doctrine of justification is correct.
This is a reminder, friend, that what scripture tells us is that we have been made righteous and holy in God's sight by choosing to believe what Christ did on the Cross was done for us.
Our belief in Jesus frees us. Our following Him keeps us free.
You are clean today friend! Hallelujah!
If you struggle with understanding or believing this, I am praying that this realization washes over your mind, body, soul, and spirit today. I pray that any effort by the enemy to snatch this word be hindered by the ministering angels God has chosen to surround each of us with.
You are clean! And guess what else....anytime you mess up and dirty yourself, Jesus is ready with a washbasin and fresh set of white garmets just for you. Repentance is a continual act as the Holy Spirit points out areas that we need Christ's power and anointing to flow (less of me, more of Jesus).
It all begins with repentance and acceptance of Christ as Savior and Lord of our life. He is the arbitrator of our faith!
💙 Prayer: Thank you God for the promise of righteousness and holiness. Father, I know it is not because of anything I can possibly do that earns my salvation, but it is a gift from you to me for YOUR glory. May my life be a living sacrifice so that it testifies to your goodness and love that continually overflows in my life. Thank you Jesus, for cleansing me from all unrighteousness and giving me fresh clean white garmets. I thank you for your atoning work on the Cross so that I can step boldly before the throne of grace, Lord. Holy Spirit, thank you for showing me which areas of my life I need to make adjustments in and for reminding me to repent when I do something God doesn't like. You are not a nag, but such a sweet and gentle Counselor. Father God, I pray Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. I love you Jesus and in your name I pray, amen.