Day Five: By faith

Galatians 2:19-20 NIV
19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

“The words here are intensely personal and individualistic. Christ loved ‘me’ and gave himself ‘for me.’ Paul sees this love as extending to all Christians, but the individualistic emphasis must not be neglected. Faith in Christ can be sustained only where one is confident in God’s love. Love, in this sense, is the fuel of faith. This love finds its roots in the cross, where Christ gave his life ‘for’ Paul.” (Thomas Schreiner, Galatians, ZECNT, 173).

Prayer: Lord, we are grateful that you gave your life for us and that you showed us the depth of your love. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Let it be Jesus” by Christy Nockels (click here).

-MR

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Day Four: Thankful

Colossians 3:15-17 NIV
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

“Christ’s peace brings thanksgiving. Believers should be as thankful as refugees who have escaped the grim bondage of a repressive culture and have found refuge in a land of freedom and opportunity. The peace of Christ rules where the word of Christ dwells.“ (David Garland, Colossians, Philemon, NIVAC).

Colossians 3:15-17 is a beautiful picture of church, made possible by what Christ has done for us. Throughout our five churches, in the campus meetings, Bible studies, Missional groups, manuscript studies, what a privilege it is that we can gather and seek the Lord, encourage one another, and sing songs with gratitude in our hearts.

Prayer:  Father, thank you for saving us. We pray that the message about Christ would dwell among us richly. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Thank you Jesus for the blood” by Charity Gayle (click here).

-MR

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Day Three: Hold to my teaching

John 8:31b-32 NIV
…Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Today, let’s hold to Jesus’ teaching and remain in his truth. Let’s declare the following “I Am” statements over our lives:

Who am I?
1) I am a child of God; I can call him my Father (Rom 8:14,15; Gal 3:26, 4:6).
2) I am a temple – a dwelling place – for God. His Spirit and his life live in me (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19).
3) I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved (Col 3:12, 1 Thess 1:4).
4) I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God (1 Pet 2:9-10).

Since I am in Christ, by the grace of God…
1) The sinful person I used to be died with Christ, and sin no longer rules my life (Rom 6:1-6).
2) I have been given the mind of Christ. He gives me his wisdom to make right choices (1 Cor 2:16).
3) I have been given the Spirit of power, love and self-control (2 Tim 1:7).
4) I may approach God with boldness, freedom and confidence (Eph 3:12).

Prayer: Lord, we praise you for revealing your truth to us. Help us live as Christ’s followers in all that we have to do today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Strong in us” by Brian Johnson (click here).

-MR

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Day Two: Life and peace

Romans 8.6-7 NIV
6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.

“Such a mindset issues in life and peace. Life, of course, is not simply the opposite of death, but the primary character of the Spirit. He is ‘the Spirit of life,’ the life-giving Spirit of the living God, as noted above on v. 2. But why add ‘peace’? Almost certainly because Paul anticipates the enmity that further characterizes life in the flesh spelled out in v. 7. Thus he is echoing the metaphor of sin as hostility to God found in 5:1-11. Because of the reconciling work of Christ, the hostility is overcome and the former enemy has ‘peace with God.’ Here we learn what does not surprise us, that in Paul’s view the source of that peace is the Spirit himself.” (Gordon Fee, God’s Empowering Presence, 541-542).

Let’s declare today, “I have the mind of the Spirit” and experience Spirit-empowered thinking that leads to life and peace.

Prayer: Lord, I humbly come to you today about my concerns. I confess that you are greater. Would you help me quickly turn to you, be empowered by the Spirit, and experience your peace again. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “All praise” by Matt Redman (click here).

-MR

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Day One: Set free

Let’s read aloud together these passages and prayer:

Romans 8:1-2; 5-9a NIV
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death… 5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to Gods law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. 9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit…

1 Corinthians 2:12 NIV
What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for setting us free, for the Holy Spirit who lives in us! Would you help us live throughout today according to what the Spirit desires in our thoughts and actions. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Resurrection Power” by Chris Tomlin (click here).

-MR

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