Truth For Today

WHY GOD SAVES

That grace, having spread through the many,
May cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
2 CORINTHIANS 4 : 15


Many people think the main reason God saves people is so that He can keep them out of hell, or so that they can experience His love or lead happy lives. But all those reasons are secondary.
God saves people because it is an affront to His holy name that someone should live in rebellion against Him. That people experience salvation is not the main issue with God—it is His glory that is at stake.

The apostle Paul said of Jesus, “God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9–11). Salvation is for God’s glory.


God is glorified when people believe His gospel, love His Son, and accept His diagnosis of their greatest need, which is forgiveness of sin. You certainly benefit from God’s provision of salvation, but you exist for the glory of God.

~ John MacArthur ~

Evening Devotional

“Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.” — Psa 119:37

There are divers kinds of vanity. The cap and bells of the fool, the mirth of the world, the dance, the lyre, and the cup of the dissolute, all these men know to be vanities; they wear upon their forefront their proper name and title. Far more treacherous are those equally vain things, the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. A man may follow vanity as truly in the counting-house as in the theatre. If he be spending his life in amassing wealth, he passes his days in a vain show. Unless we follow Christ, and make our God the great object of life, we only differ in appearance from the most frivolous. It is clear that there is much need of the first prayer of our text. “Quicken thou me in thy way.” The Psalmist confesses that he is dull, heavy, lumpy, all but dead. Perhaps, dear reader, you feel the same. We are so sluggish that the best motives cannot quicken us, apart from the Lord himself. What! will not hell quicken me? Shall I think of sinners perishing, and yet not be awakened? Will not heaven quicken me? Can I think of the reward that awaiteth the righteous, and yet be cold? Will not death quicken me? Can I think of dying, and standing before my God, and yet be slothful in my Master’s service? Will not Christ’s love constrain me? Can I think of his dear wounds, can I sit at the foot of his cross, and not be stirred with fervency and zeal? It seems so! No mere consideration can quicken us to zeal, but God himself must do it, hence the cry, “Quicken thou me.” The Psalmist breathes out his whole soul in vehement pleadings: his body and his soul unite in prayer. “Turn away mine eyes,” says the body: “Quicken thou me,” cries the soul. This is a fit prayer for every day. O Lord, hear it in my case this night.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Evening Daily Light

“For the Lord’s allotment is his people.” – Deut 32:9 NET

You belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.—I am my beloved’s, and he desires me!—And I am his.—The Son of God … loved me and gave himself for me.

You are not your own. For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.—”You, however, the Lord has selected and brought from Egypt, that iron-smelting furnace, to be his special people as you are today.”

You are God’s field, God’s building.—But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. We are of his house, if in fact we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope we take pride in.—A spiritual house to be a holy priesthood.

“They will belong to me,” says the Lord who rules over all, “in the day when I prepare my own special property.”—”Everything I have belongs to you, and everything you have belongs to me, and I have been glorified by them.”—His glorious inheritance in the saints.

1 Cor 3:23, Song 7:10, Song 2:16, Gal 2:20, 1 Cor 6:19-20, Deut 4:20, 1 Cor 3:9, Heb 3:6, 1 Pet 2:5, Mal 3:17, John 17:10, Eph 1:18

 

Afternoon Prayer

 

“Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.”

Hebrews 13:16

Father God, today is a new opportunity for me to reach out in love and lend a helping hand. How easy it is for me to want to keep all that You bless me with, for me. Touch my heart and help me to be a giver, the same way that You have given to me, all the days of my life. Amen

Jesus Calling

Approach this day with awareness of who is Boss. As you make plans for the day, remember that it is I who orchestrate the events of your life. On days when things go smoothly, according to your plans, you may be unaware of My sovereign Presence. On days when your plans are thwarted, be on the lookout for Me! I may be doing something important in your life, something quite different from what you expected. It is essential at such times to stay in communication with Me, accepting My way as better than yours. Don’t try to figure out what is happening. Simply trust Me and thank Me in advance for the good that will come out of it all. I know the plans I have for you, and they are good.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

—Isaiah 55:9–11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

—Jeremiah 29:11

~ Sarah Young ~

Morning Daily Light

 

He … is called: Extraordinary Strategist. – Isa 9:6 NET

Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory – the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.—You have exalted your promise above the entire sky.

“They will call him Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.”—”And you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

“So that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father.”—As a result God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name.—Far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And God put all things under Christ’s feet.—He has a name written that no one knows except himself … “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

As for the Almighty, we cannot attain to him!—What is his name, and what is his son’s name? – if you know!

John 1:14, Ps 138:2, Matt 1:23, Matt 1:21, John 5:23, Phil 2:9, Eph 1:21-22, Rev 19:12, Rev 19:16, Job 37:23, Prov 30:4