For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV)
This morning, I awoke and reached for my bible, journal and smartphone in a sleepy haze (as usual- since waking up isn’t my strong suit.)
The wind outside is insane and there is a thick haze of dirt infiltrating the air….yuck. I sneeze a few times, then receive a text for my son’s violin teacher asking if we can practice 30 minutes sooner…ok… I have to decide right then- throw a fit like a two-year-old, or praise God for a beautiful start with Him!!!! In other words: wake up in GRACE.
I choose Grace. Not because I’m so strong and righteous and have a perfect walk with Christ. Not because I’ve been the perfect example of faithfulness to God’s promises. It is because these words were the first words that popped into my sleepy head this morning: “I am with you, my princess. Be strong IN ME.” Yes, I credit my Father in Heaven for those words. I also credit him for the devotional passages I was led to.
Thanks to technology- “Our Daily Bread”, the bible app, and others automatically pop up on my phone before I even wake.
Today’s devotional scripture is in Titus 3:1-8, in my Bible (which I have to have my actual bible to read, not just a screen) the passage is titled, Saved in Order to Do Good (NIV). I asked God to guide my devotion- to show me what He needed me to hear today. Upon reading this passage, here is what spoke to my heart:
- To slander no one;
- To be peaceable and considerate;
- To always be gentle towards everyone.
These things are to “showcase the change made in my life by following Christ.” (Odb)
How? By the Holy Spirit God promised (through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.)
THIS IS HIS PROMISE. Have I honored Him by obeying and showing humility? I’d say, yes- and of course NO! If this makes sense to you, AMEN!
Today, I pray for God’s gifts of mercy and grace and His Holy Spirit to be poured out on my life and the lives of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray we, in Christ, are made willing to obey so that those who have yet to know Christ will be able to see Him through our obedience- good, peaceful, humble obedience.
Finally, I am reminded of another verse I’d like to share before heading out today (the full passage is 1 Peter 1:3-12.)
Blessings and Peace for a Beautiful day,
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:6-7 NIV)