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Family Devotion Week of October 10, 2016

8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Monday

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8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.

How does the gospel change my world? We see here in Ephesians that the (with the article in the Greek) grace of God saves us. We must remind ourselves constantly and consistently that we produce nothing in regards to our salvation.  Truly, you never take the first, second, or third, step towards God. Biblical truth teaches us that God sent His Son to give you abundant life and salvation. As we meditate on our heavenly Father, the great giver, and how we are called to live in response to the gospel, remember that grace saves, grace sustains, and grace alone gives us the strength to work out (from not for) our salvation with fear and trembling. Have you ever received something you did not deserve? That is grace! Is your life (the way you give and the way you live) radically shaped by the Lord’s grace?

 Grace is the very opposite of merit... grace is not only undeserved favor, but it is favor shown to the one who has deserved the very opposite. –Harry Ironside 

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Today, thank the Lord for His grace (undeserved favor) upon your life.  



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Tuesday

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8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them..

We live in a consumer society that teaches, preaches, and molds us to consume anything and everything. Can you name the companies associated with the following campaign slogans:  Just do it, think different, because your worth it, have it your way, melts in your mouth not in your hand, and I’m loving it? We are not afraid to consume the world’s goods—but often we are afraid to consume, ingest, and freely drink of God’s grace. We are encouraged in Scripture to taste and see that the Lord is Good (Ps 34); if you thirst—let him come to Me and drink (Jn 37), and we were all made to drink of one Spirit (1 Cor. 12:14). God’s grace shapes us in that we are turned from consumers of the world to consumers of Grace--- and you can never get enough --and it never runs out. This week, may you give and live to show the world you are a grace consumer (tasting, thirsting, and drinking of His mercy and grace) for His glory!

Prayer Connect

Lord, may your grace overflow in my life today, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus (1 Tim 1:14)



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Wednesday

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1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is a great gain.

6:7    For we brought nothing into the world,

         and we can take nothing out.

8        But if we have food and clothing,

         we will be content with these.

 6:9   But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

God’s grace makes you content. The word used here in 1 Timothy means an inward sufficiency. For followers of Jesus Christ, contentment should be a way of life because everything we need both physically and spiritually is provided by the death, burial, and resurrection of the Messiah. May you live in a way that the world will recognize a transcendent contentment and seek the Heavenly Father you worship. Contentment and joy walk hand in hand and these two foundations are glorious benefits of abundant life.  

Most Christians expect little from God, ask little and therefore receive little and are content with little. – A.W. Pink

The Christian is the most contented man in the world, but he is the least contented with the world. He is like a traveler in an inn, perfectly satisfied with the inn and its accommodation, considering it as an inn, but putting quite out of all consideration the idea of making it his home. --C.H. Spurgeon

Worship in song “All I have is Christ” :

https://youtu.be/V0vfz5lr37gh

Prayer Connect

Father, today help me be content knowing all I need and all I have is in Jesus Christ.    



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Thursday

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1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is a great gain.

6:7    For we brought nothing into the world,

         and we can take nothing out.

8        But if we have food and clothing,

         we will be content with these.

 6:9   But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

Your giving is a reminder to others of your true home. The fact that you brought nothing into the world is shown by the impossibility of taking with us anything out of it. This temporary nature of our current living situation is an eternal reminder that we live in a broken, mortal, lost world in need of redemption. This is why Jesus prayed that we are not of the world as He is not of the world (Jn 17:6). If you are living and giving like this world is your home, maybe it is. Oh that Jesus would radically reshape our lives that we would daily exist with an eternal perspective and a longing for our eternal home.

Why don’t people ask us about our hope? The answer is probably that we look as if we hope in the same things they do. –John Piper

Prayer Connect

Lord, help me seek eternal treasure, spiritual truth, and give me righteous desires. 



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Friday

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1 Timothy 6:9   But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

Your treasure and your time reveal to others your desires. We see here the glorious benefits of spiritual wants and desires and the dangers of fleshly cravings and inclinations. Wealth in the hand of the Christ-follower is a powerful tool for the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, money in the hand of a person who has an unquenchable appetite to be rich, plunges one into ruin and destruction. May the Lord richly bless us materially that we may spread His name throughout the world. Remember today, your desire for more will never be enough (think Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate factory), but your desire for Christ will always satisfy.

 

Prayer Connect

Lord, help me love and desire You above all else today.  



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