December 7, 2009

Summer Sabbath Devotional- Week 1

This week’s devotion begins by remembering that our God is a God of promises. And God always keeps His promises. His promises are given to us because of His GRACE and not because of our ability to follow the rules and do everything right or earn them. Abraham believed God had the power to do what He had promised. Paul tells us that ‘against all hope, Abraham in hope believed’. May this also be said of us.
And in this we can find rest. We can rest knowing God will keep His word to us always.

Romans 4:16 ~ Abraham Made Right By Faith Alone
16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be." 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah's womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness." 23 The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Romans 5 ~ Peace and Hope

1 Therefore, since we have been justified (made right with God) through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

1. What are God’s promises to you?
2. Are you able to do everything right, have enough faith, or live without sin, so that you can tell God you are worthy of His promise?
3. What does it mean that God’s ‘promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace’ received?

Grace, faith and peace to you!

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