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3rd Sunday after Pentecost

By Grace I’m Saved

Text:  Ephesians 2:1-5, 8-10

Intro

It depends on where you look and what you read, but researchers claim that there are somewhere between 10 and 40 new diseases or viruses that are discovered every single year.  That’s a little scary.  Imagine if only 100,000 people out of seven billion caught each new disease or virus.  That would be one to four million people that doctors have absolutely no diagnosis or cure for.  Right now research says that between all seven billion people in the world, 450 million years worth of quality life are shaved off the lives of humans each year due to infectious diseases.  Now add to that new diseases that they don’t know how to cure!  That’s a little scary.

Unfortunately, we know it doesn’t stop there.  In addition to diseases and viruses, there are also plenty of deadly medical conditions out there.  Some are extremely rare and incurable.  Some, like cancer, are very common but very hard to stop.  Sometimes even the best doctors, nurses, and specialists can’t do anything about these medical conditions and people are left helpless.  That’s a little scary.

One condition in particular I know of is very scary.  It’s a horrible condition or disease.  When people become infected with it, it quickly goes to work.  It affects nearly every aspect of a person’s life.  It brings out the worst in people.  It has terrible side effects.  It’s conditions are impossible to stop.  It is completely deadly.  And worst of all, everyone has it.  This horrible condition and disease that we all have is called sin.  And it’s very scary. Read the rest of this entry

Daily Devotion on Genesis 15:1-6

Text:  Genesis 15:1-6

What does your credit score look like?

Most Americans would likely respond, “Don’t ask!!”

Your credit score can often say a lot about you. It can show whether you have over-extended yourself financially. It can show how much debt you have. It can show how well you pay back that debt. It can also show whom you owe. Your credit score can say a lot, and for many Americans, it says “This person is in trouble!”

What do you think your spiritual credit score looks like?

The answer is actually very simple. It’s awful. For everyone. The Bible reminds us that, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and that, “The wages of sin is death.” All of us owe God–big time. We have a huge debt to pay. We owe God perfection, and if we can’t pay that, then we must pay the wages of sin–death. (Some may be reminded of one translation of the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”)

But we learn something incredible from Scripture about our God. It is good news bursts forth from many stories and many pages of God’s Word. It’s the best spiritual/economic news imaginable. God gives us a good spiritual credit score!

One such example from the Bible is the story of Abram/Abraham. God made many promises to Abraham. Some of them were nearly unbelievable, like the promise that he would have a son at an old age with his barren wife. But Abraham believed God’s promises. So, through that faith, “God credited it to him as righteousness.”

Note how it doesn’t say that Abraham earned righteousness or worked his way toward righteousness. God simply gave it to him.

This is the good news of Scripture for all of us! God has erased our debt of sins with the blood of Jesus and he has credited the perfection of Jesus to our accounts. We don’t just have a good spiritual credit score–we have a perfect and clean spiritual credit score!

Trust God’s incredible promises, especially the most important promise of forgiveness and life through Jesus. Then thank and praise God for crediting Christ’s work to your account!

Prayer: Lord God, in your great grace and mercy you have credited your Son’s righteousness to my account. I am not worthy of this spiritual reckoning, but you have given it to me by grace alone. Lead me to thank and praise you for this gift every day. I pray in the name of my gracious Savior and by faith alone. Amen.