Endurance Only Comes One Way : Good Morning Devotional for 12.7.2021

December 07 (JPG)

Good morning! Endurance only comes one way and that is through suffering.

Romans 5 starts off about the peace of God that comes through our Lord Jesus Christ. Every Christian wants that peace, but is every Christian willing to go through what it takes to arrive at the place Christ would have them?

The peace we possess comes through the justifying work of Christ who took the penalty of our sin on our behalf. Christ secured our peace, our reconciliation between us and God. This provides us access into the grace in which we stand.

Standing in Christ means suffering for Christ! That’s bad, right? No, that’s ultimately good because the “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5). Suffering to endurance, endurance to character, character to hope–all through the love of God poured into us in the Holy Spirit.

Do you want to endure? Then rejoice in the sufferings for Christ that come your way. Living for Christ means losing your ‘self’ in the process. Is your joy found in Christ? Are you ready to endure for Him? Then you know what it takes. He will give you the strength to persevere.

Good Morning Devo for 9.2.2021: “Overcoming as Overcomers”

Good morning! The evil that transpires in the culture can, to the human eye, look as it is the true overcomer. The culture rejects that which is of God’s design in regards to the nature of humanity, sex, marriage, gender roles, gender identity, abortion, justice issues, authority, and on and on–and receives (embraces even) that which is against God’s design, even celebrating others who practice these matters (Romans 1:32).

Yet, the Spirit through the apostle Paul calls the church not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good. Here, churches have choices to make. How do some churches define “good?” They define this as not rejecting anyone for any reason who wishes to become a part of that church. So, even if some reject God’s design, churches will receive them because of their understanding that this is “good” because God is “love.”

Isaiah 5:20 warns God’s people about calling “evil, good and good, evil.” God is love and since God has His design and standard, then that is good! Calling others to something other than this design is not a sign of love but a sign of hatred. God is good and His design is good. We do not let what the culture deems “good” overcome God’s “good.”

Do you have trouble with this? Read your Scriptures and ask God to change your hearts and minds to align with His. And by the Spirit, He will. It all starts with receiving Christ as Lord and Savior of your life. Have you turned to Him and away from your sin and brokenness? Have you looked at the cross for forgiveness and restoration?

Christ has overcome the evil in you with the good of Himself. He will give you the strength to overcome the evil in this culture with His good.