Monday, December 31, 2018

"Finish Strong" Devotional ~ Day 35

Day 35 - Monday, December 31st, 2018


Great and Precious Promises 

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:4)

As we start a New Year tomorrow, it's a good time to focus our minds on God's promises to us for the New Year. In 2 Peter 1:4, we are told that through God's divine power and our knowledge of God, "he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."

Peter tells us that God's promises are great and precious: Great because they are powerful, and precious because of God's great love for us. Through these promises we are encouraged and equipped to become more like Jesus, to live a life of glory to God.

Here are two important promises to focus on as you begin 2019:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)

Is there a more important promise than this? Just to know that you have forgiveness ~ forgiveness for all the stuff you've done, all the sin in your life, all your unrighteousness. He is faithful and just, and will always forgive you if you confess. This promise is absolutely essential because without forgiveness we have no hope of eternal life. But God has promised us eternal life when we have received his forgiveness and been made a new creation in Christ. In the same book of I John, we read this promise:

And this is what he promised us ~ eternal life. (1 John 2:25)

As you begin this New Year, make it a regular practice to remember this promise ~ that he has and will always forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. It’s a great and precious promise ~ just for you!

Today's Challenge:

To keep in the forefront of my mind God's abundant forgiveness, and to rejoice in his righteousness which he freely gives to me as his child.

Today's Prayer:
Lord, thank you for the unconditional forgiveness you give me when I confess my sin to you. Help me remember this precious promise so I can overcome my tendency to hold onto shame over my sin, becoming discouraged and defeated. Thank you for the victory over sin, death, and the enemy which I can live in today because of your great sacrifice for me long ago.

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