10/08/21 Dead

READING: Isaiah 5-7, Ephesians 2:11-3:21 

Apart from Jesus, we are dead in our sins. We are children under wrath following the enemy. That means we’re in serious trouble we cannot fix on our own. 

On the other hand, we have hope because of what God has done on our behalf: “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses” (Eph 2:4-5, italics added). We were dead, but God stepped into our story. We could not save ourselves, but God initiated the plan of salvation. We hardly deserved grace, but God granted it anyway. We were far from God, but “now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Eph 2:13).

The formula is a simple one: we were lost then, but now we are saved. All because of Him. All because of grace. All because of His shed blood.

He alone gets the glory, not us. 

PRAYER: “God, thank You for granting us grace and life.”  

DAILY ACTION STEP:  Ask others who know you if you ever—even unintentionally—act as if you deserve God’s gift of salvation. If so, confess it.

TOMORROW’S READING: Isaiah 8-10, Ephesians 4

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