Wisdom from the Psalms 11/25

November 25
Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
Sam stuck close to his dad. The old building was dark, and Sam wasn’t sure what might be out in that darkness. All he knew for sure was that his dad was big and brave, and he wasn’t afraid of the dark. Sam hoped that one day he would be like his dad: able to walk in darkness just like he would in broad daylight.
Our Lord goes with us into the dark times of our lives. He holds us by the hand and lets us know that we have nothing to fear. Darkness and light are the same to the Lord. He will lead us through our times of fear and bring us back into the light every time.
Prayer: When I am fearful, Lord, I will reach out to You. Walk with me through the dark times. Fill me with your courage. Teach me to walk in Your light always. Amen.

The Breastplate Of Righteousness

 
 

November 25

 

Ephesians 6:14

Having put on the breastplate of righteousness . . .

 

The second piece of armor God has provided for us is the breastplate of righteousness . When you put on Christ at salvation, you are justified before our holy God. It’s not your righteousness but Christ’s (1 Corinthians 1:30; Philippians 3:8, 9). So when Satan aims an arrow at you by saying, “You’re not good enough to be a Christian,” you can respond with Paul, “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies” (Romans 8:33). Your righteousness in Christ is your protection against Satan’s accusations.

Even though we rejoice in our position of righteousness in Christ, we are well aware of our deeds of unrighteousness when we think, say, or do something apart from God. Standing firm in our righteousness requires us to live in continuous agreement with God according to 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Confession is different from saying “I’m sorry” or asking forgiveness. To confess ( homologeo ) means to acknowledge or to agree. You confess your sin when you say what God says about it: “I entertained a lustful thought and that’s a sin”; “I treated my spouse unkindly this morning and that was wrong”; “Pride motivated me to seek that board position and pride doesn’t belong in my life.”

 

Satan will make confession as difficult for you as he can. He will try to convince you that it’s too late for confession, that God has already erased your name out of the book of life. That’s another one of his lies. You’re in Christ; you’re already forgiven. You are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21), and He will never leave you. Your confession of sin clears the way for the fruitful expression of righteousness in your daily life. We should be like Paul, who said, “I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men” (Acts 24:16).

 

Prayer: Lord, I put on the breastplate of righteousness today and seek to maintain a blameless conscience before You and the people around me.

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The Walk: First, The Faith

 
 
 

Monday, November 25, 2019

Living Free Every Day®
A ministry of LivingFree.org

Today’s Scripture
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8–9 NIV

Thoughts for Today
The Christian walk must begin with faith. Faith that we have sinned and are subject to the punishment of death (Romans 6:23). Faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Faith in his death on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. Faith in his resurrection. Faith to invite him to be our personal Lord and Savior.

This is a time of repentance. Merriam-Webster defines repentance as “the act or process of repenting: specifically: contrition for one’s sins together with the dedication of oneself to the abandonment of unworthy purposes and values and to the amendment of one’s life.” As we come to Jesus, we must be sorry for our sins and ready to turn from them.

We cannot earn forgiveness. We cannot earn our way to heaven. We cannot earn a relationship with God. Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way. When we come to him in repentance and faith, we are forgiven. We belong to Jesus. And then we begin our walk with him.

Consider this …
As we begin the walk, we need to abandon our sins. To walk out our repentance. Does that mean we will never sin again? No. But it does mean that out of love and devotion to Christ, we will want to live a life that pleases him. And it does mean that when we misstep, we can immediately come to Jesus for forgiveness.

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9 NLT

The Bible encourages us to deal with everything that may cause us to sin, every weight that may slow us down and prevent us from living the abundant life Jesus has made possible for us.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  
Hebrews 12:1 NLT

The good news is that we don’t have to do this alone.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.   Philippians 4:13 NLT

Prayer
Lord, thank you that Jesus paid the penalty for my sins. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for the promise of eternity in heaven with you. I pray my walk will please you. Help me overcome any wrong within me, any habit or attitude or anything else that displeases you.
In Jesus’ name …

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