Daily Devotion Monday, November 25

Monday, November 25, 2013 – Psalm 114; Joel 3:1-2, 9-17; 1 Peter 1:1-12 and Matthew 19:1-12

1 Peter 1:1-12 – 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Yesterday Kansas City Chief fans watched a victory slip from their fingers. Then last night I and my Denver Bronco fans watched a sure victory quickly fade and then go into a tie, only to lose by the bounce of the ball. I have to give credit to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, they came out and played their hearts out the second half. I only bring those loses up because in life, in football, nothing is assured. Seasons come and seasons go. One team and their fans come out the victors in the end. It does set up a crucial game for each team next week. Actually each game is crucial through the rest of this season.

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ who was crucified and died but rose to show he holds the keys to the final victory, keys to eternal life. I really like this passage from 1 Peter. It is a powerful text. It can help us when life gets us down. It can breathe life into the sails of our life. Hear them with me.

By God’s great mercy God has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Wow! Sense the power of those words, sense new life coming into you even now. (Say them aloud a few times. You might even say them a little bit stronger and louder each time.)

And into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. Through Jesus Christ we receive an inheritance that cannot be taken from us, it cannot perish, it cannot be defied, it’s unfading. In this life we receive our inheritance from parents or grandparents. It can all be spent. It can be used up. The inheritance given us through Christ is spiritual, it is eternal, and it will last forever. Thanks be to God.

you, (all who trust and believe) who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. God’s victory will be shown at the end of time as we know it, yet we are being protected in God’s victory by God’s power even now. As we believe and trust in what God has done for us in Jesus Christ, we can live in the reality of the victory that will be realized once and for all at the end of all time.

Friends, may God’s word to us this day breathe new life into us our sails of life and may they be foundational words for us as we live.

O God, thanks for the assurances that come from your word. Thanks be to you, O God, that you will be victorious in life and even in our death. Help us trust in you and live in the victory assured us as we believe and trust in you. Amen.

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>