Do It Through Faith

Do It Through Faith

Do It Through Faith I Daily Walk Devotion

The start of a new year brings optimism and a renewed sense of purpose. You want to put away all of the bad stuff of the previous year and replace it with the good habits that will bring needed change. There may be a list in your mind or on paper of all you want to accomplish. It can be easy to treat our faith the same way. You want to do good works for the Lord, and there is nothing wrong with that as long as you do it through faith.

‭‭GALATIANS‬ ‭3:2

“This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?”

The Heavy Law

Galatia was an area in what we would know as central Turkey today. Several churches were started by Paul and Barnabas that saw both great fruit and brutal persecution. The most difficult challenge wasn’t from the persecution but the infiltration of Judaizers into the church. These men brought heavy requirements like circumcision and following the law. The new converts were starting to abandon Paul’s teaching of being saved by grace and replacing it with works. Paul counters that by asking them if they received the Spirit by anything they have done or faith.

The Gift of Grace

A doctrine of works makes people more comfortable in their faith because it gives them a list to accomplish. Grace means that we have to acknowledge that we are sinners and receive the gift for free. When you are saved, you are filled with the Holy Spirit. It comes by faith in Jesus Christ, and He empowers you to live a godly life. You can’t earn or manufacture this.

Do It Through Faith

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is fully God and was given to us to guide us while here on earth. The Spirit makes our gifts evident and brings about fruit like love and patience in our life. He is someone you lean on for understanding and respond when He convicts you of sin. All of this comes about by your faith, nothing else. Don’t try to make things happen. Instead, pray and seek His will.

Rebuild Your Life

Rebuild Your Life I Daily Walk Devotion

The word “redeem” in the New Testament is a financial term and means “bill paid in full.” It was often used when it came to slaves debt. When that slave worked off the debt, the creditor would stamp “redeemed” on the invoice, which meant his debts were paid in full. When Jesus died on the cross, he paid the debt of your sin and stamped redeemed on your heart. You’ve been redeemed to rebuild your life.

‭‭PSALMS‬ ‭78:35

“And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.”

Same Old Thing

Israel had a pattern of forgetting God and then crying out to Him when they were in a hole where they couldn’t get out. It usually started with sin but then devolved into idolatry. God would get angry and be ready to judge them, and Israel would beg for forgiveness. God would forgive them in His infinite mercy and let them start fresh. Sadly, Israel could never break that pattern. They were sent off into captivity as judgment, and only a remnant returned to the Lord.

Caught in a Pattern?

Do you go through similar patterns with the Lord? Are there periods in your life where you went off and did your own thing only to find yourself in a predicament you couldn’t fix? This led to you returning to the Lord and making things right, only to fall back into your old habits soon after that. Are you ready to break that pattern and become a new person? Remember that God is your rock, and you have been redeemed.

Rebuild Your Life

A rock symbolized an anchor in times of a storm, a steady foundation to build on. If you are going to break the repetitive patterns, you need to build your life on the rock. He will anchor you when the storms of temptation and turmoil batter your life. You start rebuilding your life by understanding that you have been redeemed. Jesus did that on the cross when He paid the price for your sin. Make Jesus your foundation and His grace and mercy your building materials.

Only One Gave Thanks

Only One Gave Thanks

Only One Gave Thanks I Daily Walk Devotion

Every church has more needs than it can meet. It’s supposed to be that way because our trust and reliance are to be on the Lord. Our hearts are to be filled with compassion for the lost and hurting, and when we can’t meet their needs, we are to cry out to Jesus to meet them. When Jesus encountered ten lepers, He healed them all. Only one gave thanks.

‭‭LUKE‬ ‭17:15-16

“Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.”

A Death Sentence

Leprosy is a horrible disease. It eats away at your skin and body parts until you die. Modern medicine has created a cure for it today, but it was a death sentence back in Jesus’ day unless God healed you. When Jesus encountered ten lepers along the road to Jerusalem, they begged to be healed. He told them to show themselves to the priest, which was custom for lepers to do when healed. One of the ten returned praising the Lord and thanking Jesus for healing him. Jesus asks why the other nine hadn’t come back and gave thanks.

Receive Everyone with Love

This story is another in a long line of people who use Jesus to get what they want and never return. It happens in the church all the time. Someone is down on their luck, going through a prolonged illness, or their marriage is on the rocks, and they come to the church looking for answers. Once things get better, they go back to their old life. Only ten percent remain and continue in their faith. It would be easy for the church to be judgmental and not minister to these people, but we are to receive everyone with the love of Jesus.

Only One Gave Thanks

What about you? Have you praised Jesus for the healing He has done In your life? Maybe you didn’t have some life-threatening disease, but His blood redeemed you. Your sins were taken away, and the love of Christ has been poured into you. Have you cultivated an attitude of gratefulness and thanks? You will find that it will do your heart some good.

The God Who Works Wonders

The God Who Works Wonders

The God Who Works Wonders I Daily Walk Devotion

Have you heard of the seven wonders of the world? There are two classifications, ancient and modern. The world’s modern wonders include the Great Wall of China, the ancient city of Petra, and the Colosseum in Rome. Millions of tourists visit these attractions each year. Did you know that you follow the God who works wonders? There are no other gods like Him.

‭‭PSALMS‬ ‭77:13-14

“Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples.”

His Way is Perfect

Our God is holy, mighty, and works wonders. He makes His strength known by working wonders among His people. There are no other gods like Him. As a follower of Jesus, you can put your complete trust in Him because He is both holy and strong. You can trust His word because His way is perfect, and you can rest in His power because He will protect you. No one can separate you from His love.

No other gods like Him

If you look at all of the other religions in the world, you will find stories of miracles that happened to their founder, but none of the gods perform wonders. The God of Christianity consistently does miraculous acts from the beginning of time until now. This shows that the other religions are devoid of power. They may promise you serenity on earth or great treasures in the afterlife, but they offer nothing else. Scholars will tell you that all roads lead to heaven, but if their god doesn’t exhibit the strength and wonders that Jesus does, then you are on the wrong path?

The God Who Works Wonders

You can’t go wrong choosing to walk in the ways of the Lord. His ways are holy, and He will not lead you astray. You discover His ways by reading God’s word and following the leading of the Holy Spirit. Don’t wander off the path and do your own thing. Instead, trust in His word, rely upon His strength. Over time, as you remain faithful, you will see the God who works wonders work in your life.

Become Complete

Become Complete

Become Complete I Daily Walk Devotion

If your email inbox or social media feed is like mine, it is full of advertisements with programs for you to become the new you. Whether it’s for a revolutionary diet or for a workout program that will make you look twenty years younger, all of them promise more than they can deliver. Today’s passage challenges you to become complete in your faith. This is something that you can accomplish.

‭‭2 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭13:11‬

“Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Grow in Your Faith

The Apostle Paul writes his farewell to the Corinthians. He encourages them to become complete, be comforted, and like-minded. The church in Corinth had a problem with spiritual maturity and unity. Paul wants them to work on these areas, but what does it mean to “become complete?” It’s not becoming perfect but growing in your knowledge of Jesus Christ. The Corinthians thought they were experts in a few areas, but they lacked in many of the vital ones.

Stretch Yourself

It is easy to focus on a few areas of Scripture and shun the rest. People don’t do it knowingly unless it is in areas like end-times or spiritual gifts. (Interesting note, every believer is encouraged to be knowledgeable in both of those areas 1 Cor 12 & Rev 22) If you spend most of your time in the New Testament, commit to reading the Old Testament. If you lean towards good works, read a lot about grace and mercy. Paul wants you to push yourself to become complete in all areas of theology and Scripture. This will impact every area of your life.

Become Complete

As you enter the new year, challenge yourself to become complete in your faith. Read your Bible every day. Sit under the teaching of a pastor who teaches through Scripture. Listen to podcasts and read books that will explain what complex subjects mean. At the end of next year, you will be more complete than when you started. You will also notice that petty issues that affected you in the past won’t even register on your radar.

Lifelong Commitment

Lifelong Commitment

Lifelong Commitment I Daily Walk Devotion

Commitment is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Marriage is a lifelong commitment to one another. The vows that are spoken during the wedding speak of the length, “to have and to hold till death do us part.” It seems like people are more afraid of commitment now than ever. 

1 Corinthians 7:10-16

To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife. To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

It’s Forever

Marriage is a lifelong commitment. When a husband and wife are joined in marriage, it is with the understanding that it will be until death separates them. When we make our vows on our wedding day, they are to our spouse, but they are also before the Lord. He takes those seriously and so should we. When we vow “in sickness and health, for richer or for poorer” that is all-inclusive. There are no escape hatches in marriage if things get bad. It is a lifelong commitment that God expects of every Christian.

Set the Example

There is an exception, and that is with an unsaved spouse. Paul tells us to remain married to them if they want to be married to us, but if they choose to leave, then we are released from those vows. While you are married to them be the best example of a loving Christian as you can be. Serve them, pray for them, and set the example of someone who has been changed by God. That testimony might help in bringing them to Jesus one day.

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