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ACC Daily Devotion

Romans 13:3

“For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.” (Romans 13:3).

The rulers of the world lead using the fear of punishment. They use fines, jail, school detentions, taxes etc to drive people into line. The fear of punishment working with the human conscience is a powerful way to control us.

In light of this, it’s easy to see God as the ultimate one who rules in the same way. He is seen as one with the harshest punishments, the angriest disposition, and the one who uses fear to always give people what they deserve!

Our Father is not like the rulers of this world. He pursues people with His love, His kindness leads us to repentance, His love constrains us from doing evil, and through Jesus He actually sets our consciences free. We live in the freedom of the knowledge that we are children of God.

When we were our most rebellious and hateful He sent His Son to die for us. He gives us His Spirit to empower us to walk in His ways.

Ultimately, God will judge all humanity but His just judgements have been borne by Jesus for all who will believe in Him.

Psalm 54:1+4

“Save me, O God, by your name; vindicate me by your might…….Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” (Psalm 54:1+4).

It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that God is simply our ‘help’ but not the one who gives us everything for life and salvation – at every moment.

We can see Him as one who assists us, gives us power to do what we desire, who gives us that extra bit of strength we need to overcome sin and to fulfill our dreams. In this case God is not the centre of our life, rather, we are! He is there to empower our selfishness and to ‘make a difference’. Living like this will end up treating God as a help for our sinful nature – our flesh.

He is more than simply our advantage, He is our salvation. He doesn’t just give us power to fulfil our dreams, in His salvation He puts our own dreams to death and brings us to the life of His Spirit.

His Spirit helps us by bringing His sanctifying work which puts to death our flesh and brings us to faith. Faith: that blessed place of life where we rely on Him for everything, where we trust Him for every ounce of righteousness and holiness, where we see every good thing we have has come totally from Him. Dead to ourselves, with His help, we truly live!

Zephaniah 3:17

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17).

Many things confront us in our days, things that bring discouragement, pain, frustration and anger. Lots of times we are reminded of our failures and sins, of our lack of control, of our frailty, our fears.

As Israel looked to their future God gave them wonderful promises – promises not based on what the future looked like from a human perspective. Our Father gives heavenly promises and if we take them to heart they will wipe away our momentary troubles:

“He is always with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Can blessings this great be found anywhere else in our lives? Is there anything as rich and full as these?

Dear brothers and sisters, find your peace and delight in Him, He’s good for it! “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32).

Job 3:25-26

“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:25-26).

Job is in a place where his greatest fears have actually happened. He is gutted and does not have the strength to continue – all is turmoil and pain.

Sometimes in life we come to the absolute end of ourselves. We don’t have the strength nor the will to keep going. It is not true that we will always have the strength to endure what is placed before us! Rather, it is true that God has the strength to carry us through those times, when we are powerless.

On the cross Jesus prayed, “Into your hands I commit my spirit”. He had nothing left but to die, but in that moment He had complete trust in His Father – who could raise Him from death.

At the end of ourselves our only hope is in Him, but He can do all things – and He loves us. Trust/faith in Him is the only thing that can get us through so look again to Him who gives us strength.

Job said in the end, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” (Job 42:2, 4-5). We need Him!

Hebrews 12:1

“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:25-26).

Job is in a place where his greatest fears have actually happened. He is gutted and does not have the strength to continue – all is turmoil and pain.

Sometimes in life we come to the absolute end of ourselves. We don’t have the strength nor the will to keep going. It is not true that we will always have the strength to endure what is placed before us! Rather, it is true that God has the strength to carry us through those times, when we are powerless.

On the cross Jesus prayed, “Into your hands I commit my spirit”. He had nothing left but to die, but in that moment He had complete trust in His Father – who could raise Him from death.

At the end of ourselves our only hope is in Him, but He can do all things – and He loves us. Trust/faith in Him is the only thing that can get us through so look again to Him who gives us strength.

Job said in the end, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” (Job 42:2, 4-5). We need Him!

Hebrews 12:1

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2).

Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith. He is the one who designed it, wrote it, established it, built it, and He is the one who will finish it off. He did this at the cross, and then, raised from the dead, He sat down victorious at the Father’s side where He rules over all things. Through His work of salvation Jesus has authored and perfected our faith.

If we think of our faith as something we can make ourselves, or strive to achieve, or convince ourselves of, then ‘our faith will be in our faith’. Our trust will be in our ability to convince ourselves that it is true. But we can’t! If our faith is something we build ourselves then we will end up crushed and disillusioned because we have have doubts, fears and hard times.

But when we have faith in Jesus (the faithful one) then our faith is not in ourselves but in Him, and by the Spirit, He gives us the ability to trust God in the first place.

Fix your eyes on Jesus – He will carry the good work of our faith to completion.

Hebrews 12:2

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2).

Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith. He is the one who designed it, wrote it, established it, built it, and He is the one who will finish it off. He did this at the cross, and then, raised from the dead, He sat down victorious at the Father’s side where He rules over all things. Through His work of salvation Jesus has authored and perfected our faith.

If we think of our faith as something we can make ourselves, or strive to achieve, or convince ourselves of, then ‘our faith will be in our faith’. Our trust will be in our ability to convince ourselves that it is true. But we can’t! If our faith is something we build ourselves then we will end up crushed and disillusioned because we have have doubts, fears and hard times.

But when we have faith in Jesus (the faithful one) then our faith is not in ourselves but in Him, and by the Spirit, He gives us the ability to trust God in the first place.

Fix your eyes on Jesus – He will carry the good work of our faith to completion.

Genesis 2:7

“the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7).

Men and women are not like other animals, the very nature and life of God is breathed into them. They are spiritual beings because they have His Spirit in them and so they are created in His image. It is truly glorious to be human as we go on receiving our life, identity and very being from God our Father.

But Adam (and every person since) sought to find his life outside of God – from himself. And so he lived in unGodlikeness turning from love to lies, violence, hatred and faithlessness thinking that would be a better way to be. But in rebelling against God he also rebelled against his own self. And so mankind is lost and always looking to ‘find himself’ by himself.

Jesus is called the second Adam and, unlike the first, He lived perfectly in the glorious image of God – He was just like His Father. Central to that nature of God was grace and love. Jesus displayed this true glory by suffering and dying for those who hated both Him and the glorious image He lived in. But in that act, He restored the glory to humanity to all who would trust in Him and again live by the glorious Spirit of God.

2 Peter 1:2-4

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” (2 Peter 1:2).

As we look at our lives we are tempted at times to ask, “Have I done enough?” “Have I loved God enough?” “Have I been good enough?” Have I been obedient and faithful enough?” “Have I really tried my best?” “Have I delighted God by my righteousness, and impressed Him with my worship, prayer and self-less discipleship?”

The answer to these questions is simply, “No”! No one has done enough. But thanks be to God, Jesus has. He has done enough to secure our salvation and eternal life and we have it all through faith in Him.

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:3-4).

Ecclesiastes 5:15

“Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labour that he can carry in his hand.” (Ecclesiastes 5:15).

It is good sometimes to step back from the many things that occupy our lives to see the big picture. Some thoughts and activities take up much of our time and effort and yet they are of no eternal value. And yet we become obsessed with these trifling things and pour our hearts into them.

We came into this world with nothing and will leave with the same and yet there are some things which have eternal value for they will never disappoint us. Paul says, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Philippians 3:10).

To know the Father through Jesus’ death and resurrection is of eternal value. For in Jesus we find the sure hope of a resurrected body and an eternal future which is loaded up with the treasure of heaven.

It is suffering to lose the pleasures of this world but it is pure joy to be sure of the eternal blessings of God.