Monday – Romans 6:21–23 Verse 21 asks the question that we all ask, if we are wise. What fruit was produced from the things you are now ashamed of? We all have things in our past that we wish had not happened. Paul, through the power of the Holy Spirit draws the same conclusion about his former life that we have drawn about the things we now regret. Thank God that while we used to be a slave to sin, now because of Jesus, we are slaves to righteousness. The wages of sin in our lives was death but because of Jesus we have been given the free gift of eternal life. We now have new fruit, that results in sanctification, being set apart for service unto God. Just as we might set aside a set of special clothes to be used only for special occasions, God has set believers apart to be used only for his purposes. We are free from the curse of sin and saved unto righteousness, as we walk in Him daily.
Tuesday – Galatians 3:22 What an odd phrase and a bit hard to understand. The scripture has imprisoned everything under sin’s power. What does that mean? It means that everyone sins and therefore experiences the personal prison of sin. Being a slave to sin without Jesus as our Savior is like being in a prison. That’s what Paul is talking about. But if we received the promise by faith we can be set free from that prison. Actually, if we continue to confess our sins we can live in daily freedom. If by faith, we take the time each day to examine our heart’s and call our own sins sin. If by faith we continue to take the time each day to do that we can live in freedom. Pray with me. Lord examine my heart and call to mind anything I have done that was not pleasing to you. Call to mind anyone I have wronged. I confess it as sin and I ask you to forgive me of it. Help me to follow you and grow daily so that I can walk in freedom. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
Wednesday – Galatians 3:8–9 From Genesis 3 on through all of the Old Testament, God began revealing His plan to justify us by using Israel. He repeatedly told the Jews that a Messiah would come to take away the sins of the world. “All the nations will be blessed through you.” The promise he made Abraham has generated more headlines during our lifetime than any other news story. Everything humanly possible has been done to move Israel out of the Palestine area, but God’s promise to Abraham has held true. Around the world millions of believers now worship Jesus because God sent the Messiah through the lineage of Abraham. This was something the scriptures foretold for hundreds of years before it happened. It also is something the scriptures have maintained since the coming of the Messiah. The Jews will continue to occupy Palestine. And the Gentile Church will continue to worship Jesus. These things will continue until Jesus returns and sets up His earthly kingdom. Indeed all the nations of the world are being blessed through Abraham
Thursday – Galatians 3:23–29 When you were young, your parents were your guardians. It was their job to keep you safe and keep others from harming you. Until Jesus came, our spiritual guardians were the rules and regulations of the Old Testament. But now that salvation has come through faith in Jesus Christ, we are no longer guarded by the Old Testament Law, but guarded by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the integrity of the Word of God. And regardless of our station in life, rich, poor, male, or female, if we have Jesus in our hearts, we are guarded and protected. For we are heirs of all the promises of God. So we are very, very important in the eyes of the Lord. There may be times you don’t feel important in the eyes of the Lord, but you are incredibly important to Him. Jesus died so that we could be protected in the way this passage of scripture is describing. Thanks be to God for our Protector!
Friday – Romans 3:9–12 Aren’t you glad God didn’t have a righteousness contest? Aren’t you glad that he didn’t make us work to be righteous enough to earn heaven? If we truly understand that from God’s perspective all our works are no more than filthy rags in God’s sight, it is a fact that is tremendously freeing. We don’t have to wonder our entire lives if we are good enough because we know we are not. However the one who is good enough, lives in our hearts as our Savior, our Redeemer, even our Righteousness. Take a few moments and think about this passage of scripture. Then spend some time thanking God for your Righteousness that comes from Jesus Christ.
Saturday – Hebrews 9:15 Recently we re-financed our house, because the interest rate had fallen to all-time lows. In order for that to happen, our old signed contract for financing on the house had to be bought out and paid off. Only then could we sign new paperwork for a brand new contract with much better terms. In exactly the same way, Jesus has ushered in a New Covenant. Redemption from transgressions (sins) could not take place under the First Covenant. Only a few people were saved under the Old Contract (Covenant) of the Old Testament. But anyone can be saved in the New Testament by faith. Millions have come to repentance and new life in Jesus Christ. When Jesus brought the New Covenant, paid for by His blood and His righteousness, we who are unrighteous can receive the promise of eternal inheritance. Jesus died to usher in the New Covenant. Jesus died so that many, many more people around the world could become heirs of God. Through Jesus we have been “re-financed” into a much better contract and because of that we have a much greater hope. Even a hope that is unshakable and a faith that is unstoppable. Pray with me. Lord Jesus Christ, thank you that you are the mediator of a New Covenenant. I accept your gift of mercy and grace extended toward me and my family. Our debt has been forgiven and paid in full by You. Thank you for the forgiveness of sins and praise you for a new way of life. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.