Day Sixteen, End of History: You Have a Hope

Revelation 21:3-5 (ESV) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be…

Day Fifteen: Righteousness as a Gift.

Romans 3:21-22a 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.   The first two chapters of the book of Romans are enough to make even the most confident people feel ashamed. We…

Day Fourteen: Growing in Obedience

Romans 1:4b-6 (ESV) “…Jesus Christ our Lord,  through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ…”   Faith was never intended to be separate from obedience. Although many people who call themselves “Christians” live believing…

Day Thirteen: You Are Justified

Job 9:1-4 (ESV) Then Job answered and said:  “Truly I know that it is so:     But how can a man be in the right before God?  If one wished to contend with him,     one could not answer him once in a thousand times.  He is wise in heart and mighty in strength     —who has hardened himself against him, and…

Day Twelve, a Distinct Testimony: An Obvious Change

John 5:24 (ESV) Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.   What does it mean to be “dead” exactly? A common way of looking at death is the absence of…

Day Eleven: You Know the Meaning of Life

Have you ever asked yourself, “What is the meaning of life”? Eastern Philosophers will try and tell you the answer is inside yourself, or achieving “nirvana” or abstaining from every pleasure. Others insist on living separate from the rest of the world in a temple, meditating until their legs fall asleep. Western culture likes to…

Day Ten: You Have New Desires

Galatians 5:24 (ESV) And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.   If your old self was “crucified with Christ”, then your new self is found in the risen Christ. Jesus killed your sin, now your soul lives in Christ. There is no longer a sinful nature…

Day Nine: You Know God’s will (not a mystery)

John 7:17 (ESV) If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.   What is God’s will? Is it a feeling? Is it an action? Is it a secret that we don’t find out until later in life?…

Day Eight: You have a New Master

Romans 6:9-11 (ESV) We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive…

Day Seven: You Believe the Gospel, and Know What It Means.

So the world thinks it knows what a Christian is, but it cannot make one. – Charles Spurgeon 2 Peter 1:1-2 (ESV) Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace…