April 15, 2015

Read: 1 John 4:1-6

Growing up in a Christian environment made it simple for me to believe that Jesus is exactly who the Bible says He is: The Son of God! Though I lived in the world for many years, I always knew I was living in sin, but that Jesus loved me and would forgive my sins if only I sought him, repented of my sins, and surrendered my life to Him. It was, and is, that simple! 
Testing the spirits as instructed in 1 John 4:1-6 when comparing Islam’s edicts to Christianity, points out some striking differences. Never does Jesus instruct his disciples to harm anyone. In fact, he does the exact opposite. Salvation (Christianity) is not earned and cannot be purchased. Instead, it is a free gift of grace though Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus died on a cross to ransom men from their sin, again, a free gift! Above all, Jesus, part of the Godhead, born of a virgin, walked on this earth among men, died a painful and humiliating death on Calvary’s cross for our sins, rose again on the third day, and is returning to take His children home to reign with Him forever and ever, AMEN!! Islam cannot claim or support these truths.
Lord Jesus, today I thank You for Your sacrifice on Calvary’s cross for me and pray that I never take for granted the great price You paid for me.


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 growth in your desire to know and please Him.  Ask Him to give you a greater love and commitment to Him.  Ask Him for the grace to glorify Him in your life.  Intercede on behalf of your local church, other churches, evangelism and discipleship ministries and other concerns you may have.  Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have.