August 4, Thursday

jee leeEditor’s Note: The AMI QT Devotionals from August 3-5 are corroborated by Jee Lee, who attends Remnant Westside Church in NYC, and Pastor Ryun.

Devotional Thought for Today

Romans 1:17-8: For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

4The heart of Martin Luther, the father of the Reformation, had long been filled with “hatred” because he couldn’t satisfy God’s standard of righteousness, no matter how hard he tried.  Luther felt that God was being unfair by demanding a righteous life that no man was capable of achieving.  Evidently, this learned theologian grossly misunderstood the gospel.

Yesterday’s devotional ended with Jee meeting a woman who, like his own mother, walks with a limp; and he asked her whether she had heard the gospel.  Her response?  Jee writes:

“She said no, and asked what it was. I told her it was based on love and how we were created to receive and give love.  [Later] I asked her if she wanted to come to Bible study on Friday night and I could tell that she wasn’t interested in the Bible. But she did say we could go for lunch on Monday which is her day off to hear more of this gospel.  She gave me her number and I went on my way thinking, man God just gave me homework.  She has never heard the good news; she does not have the Friend Jesus as [we] do.  She claims she is an atheist but I believe her soul is waiting to meet Jesus. And perhaps she did that evening, since the Word says that He lives in me.”

Perhaps you’re disappointed that Jee didn’t come right out and tell her “The gospel is Jesus dying for our sins to satisfy God’s standard of righteousness in order that we might have eternal life upon believing”.  That can wait when you are trying to build a relationship first, which is what Jee was doing.  Even so, he hit the nail on the head when he replied, “The gospel is based on love”; for Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Are you inspired by Jee?  Then why not do the same today by reaching out to someone by telling them, “God expressed His greatest love for you by sending Jesus to die for you sins.”

Prayer: Gracious God, awaken my spirit so that I may feel a burden for the lost and compassion for them.  Help my mind to truly understand the gospel so that I can clearly and passionately articulate it to those looking for hope. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Psalm 130

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Lunch Break Study

Read 2 Cor. 5:21: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Rom. 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

John 3:36: Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”

Questions to Consider

  1. What did Jesus have to do in order to make the gospel message possible?
  2. Why is the gospel called the “Good News”?
  3. How can a person access the benefit of what Jesus accomplished on the cross?

Notes   

  1. Christ first had to take on our sins as if he had sinned—thereby becoming our substitutionary sacrifice. In short, he co-signed unto our debt, making it his responsibility to pay.
  2. The gospel is good news because it rescues us from eternal death (a.k.a., God’s wrath) while giving us eternal life.
  3. No matter how beneficial the gospel is, it is no good unless we believe in the Son.

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Evening Reflection  

Before turning in tonight, reflect on the most beloved passage in the Bible about salvation:

“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” (Eph. 2:8-9).  Please pray for that person in your family, work and/or school who really desperately need to hear the gospel.

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