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Day 5 – Alive and New

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Deuteronomy 7:7-9

“The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”

Ephesians 2:1-10

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 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.”

Reflection

When we think of love, we sometimes think we did something, or looked a certain way to warrant someone’s love.  But God makes it very clear that we didn’t do anything to deserve or earn His love for us.  There was nothing great, at least compared with God, about what we have done or who we try to be outside of Christ. God loves first and offers His mercy and grace to us when we least deserve it.  It is all by His grace that we are rescued, loved, and transformed.

The wonderful promises in the Deuteronomy passage are made full and real in Jesus Christ. And we can live in the reality of this promise, a reality that has declared that we are no longer dead in our sin and selfishness; instead, we are alive in Christ and new created as God’s handiwork.  We are no longer trapped in the old ways, but now free to do the good works which God has prepared in advance for us to do.  We are free to live for God and experience the fullness of His love, truth and power.

Response

What a wonderful promise we have: The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples…But it was because the Lord loved you…” This promise in now made full and real to us in Jesus Christ.  What freedom we have to live knowing that it really, really, really isn’t because of who we are, but because of who He is.  “It was because the Lord loved you.”

Oh, to live in that…truly in that and see our lives become the amazing witness for the world around us. Let’s pray that we will experience this promise and Christ-assured reality in all we desire, think, say and do.  Let’s ask that there will be a dramatic overflow of this love through us onto those close to us and those we are really loving and reaching out to.

Day 4 – Love Song

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Day 3 – Covenant-Fulfilling Love

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Day 2 – Covenant-Keeping Love

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Day 1 – Covenant-Making Love

Monday, September 30th, 2013