February 23, 2015

Read: Galatians 2:20

One day I am certain I will see through God's holy eyes how detestable my sin is, and why only the cross and Christ's power over death could promise me eternal life. Through the power of the cross, death was crushed and I am free. But as amazing as eternal life is, that same power overwhelms me in the "dailyness" of life.

We are promised in 1 Peter 1:3 that His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness. What does that look like today?

Instead of my discontent, He gives me the ability to " give thanks in everything". 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Instead of my desire to overeat, He becomes the Bread of Life, and has the power to satisfy. John 6:35
Instead of my envy of others' blessings, He empowers me to " consider others more significant than myself." Philippians 2:3
Instead of fear about my situation and my future, He gives me His Peace. John 14:27
Instead of criticizing my spouse, His power enables me to "examine the log in my own eye" first. Matthew 7:4
Instead of my impatience with aging parents, His power enables me to " be kind and tender- hearted." Ephesians 4:32
Instead of my giving up when weak or tired, His power gives me strength. Isaiah 40:28
There is absolutely no way my flesh would choose His way. But He has promised to "work in me, giving me the desire and power to do His perfect will". Philippians 2:13

Now that's some power, and it's not just for one day when I die. It's for now, sometimes minute by minute, but always present, because of the cross.

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for wisdom. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have. Intercede for your immediate family and other relatives regarding their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.