Wednesday, August 24, 2016

the Gospel truth

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

There are several thoughts that I’d like to share.  So many things are going through my mind, but I remember that what God has done in the past continues to guide and provide for my future.  That’s what I want to ask us to claim as truth in this devotion.

We started a new series at church yesterday that is going to be awesome as we become consumed with God’s truth that will penetrate our lives and our hearts.  That means we allow what God has done prepare us for the days ahead.  It is not easy, but this is right and will change our lives.  What God says ought to overtake everything else.

Our salvation is by God’s doing and not our own.  Grace is based solely on what God has done.  We can take no credit by something we have done or by some merit we have.

Our lives have purpose from God.  A master craftsman with care and concern creates a masterpiece.  God did that with our lives.  He has prepared each of us for greatness with huge amounts of potential.  That is a reality by His plan and totally for His glory.

When we believe that we are better than God or that we know better than God, we have a major problem.  It is at that time that we stop giving God the glory.  By claiming truth and acknowledging God we will move into the realm where not only do we give God the glory, but we begin to strive for the potential God has built into our lives.

I praise God for His gift of salvation.  I plead with God to use my life, my family and the ministry that I am part of to be used only for His greatness. 

See the potential God has built into your life.  Claiming truth will make that all the more possible.

NOTE: this post was first shared in August of 2012.

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