Monthly Archives: November 2011

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

We are called to be unique in such a way that it brings illumination to all who are around us. Don’t wait for a dramatic event to be a witness for God. Instead, pay attention to the details of everyday life, for it is when we pay attention to the little things that we are preparing for the moments when our light shines the brightest.

1 Corinthians 15:57

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

As we talk of thanksgiving, don’t miss the greatest gift that you already have – the victory from sin and death. As the apostle Paul writes of the resurrection, he bursts forth into praise, and so should we. We have been delivered from the power of death. The resurrection stands as the ultimate statement of God to mankind; God is leading His people forward into victory through faith in Jesus Christ.

Romans 12:1

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Christianity is unlike other religions. Other religions say, “You obey, then you are accepted.” Christianity says, “You are accepted, therefore you can obey.” Our acts of worship are a response to God’s mercy, not to get God’s mercy. So rejoice today, and realize that you are already accepted through the work of the cross. Now you can live a life that is holy and pleasing to God.

Romans 7:21

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.

 

The apostle Paul gives us a vulnerability that is rare in ancient writings. And thank God that he does! He gives us permission to face the problem that we all wrestle with – the sin nature. To ignore the sin nature is denial, to surrender to the sin nature brings defeat, but to see our sin through the cleansing work of the cross of Jesus Christ brings deliverance. Thanks be to God!