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 9.27.2021: Where Do I Find This Perfect Peace?

Good morning! Peace–what a longed-for reality in our broken world. So many believe that peace is an absence of war. For the Christian, that will certainly happen one day, for we know how the story ends (Revelation 21-22–if you want to go ahead and read that, feel free! I’ll wait!).

Yet, the peace to which Isaiah refers in the song sung in Isaiah 26 is not an outward peace filled with truces and treaties, but a peace based upon reconciliation between a sinful humanity and a holy God. The reason for the plethora of anxieties and depressions is a lack of peace that is based in eternity. Peace grounded here in time is fleeting, for another issue stemming from our brokenness will arise in short order.

The Spirit reminds us to keep our mind “stayed” on him based upon a trust in (dare we say, a treasure of) Christ. Do you treasure Christ? Or have other treasures served as a substitute? If the latter, then that fulfillment is fleeting. If the former, that fulfillment is foundational to all else that comes your way.

Have you trusted in and treasured Christ as your Savior–as your all in all? If not, come to Christ! Surrender your brokenness to Him. By the bloody cross and the empty tomb, he will give you that everlasting peace based upon the everlasting rock (26:4).