February 22, Wednesday

jabez2The AMI QT Devotionals from February 20-24 are provided by Jabez Yeo.  Jabez, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, is currently working in NYC and serving at TRPC-E.  He hopes to become a missionary.  His devotionals are based off material from Serge’s Sonship program. You can click here for more information.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Orphans through Dishonesty

Romans 1:17

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

Hebrews 11:6

“Without faith, it is impossible to please God.”

22A common struggle amongst graduates today is the fight to pay off their student debts.  As some of us know, living with debts often limits our financial flexibility.  Now, what if I were to tell you that upon graduation, not only would your student debt be paid for, you would also be credited with millions as your reward? It’s not a stretch to say that there would be significantly more freedom in your life.

While such an act of financial generosity may be a pipe dream, we as Christians have actually experienced an infinitely greater act of generosity. Because of our sins, we could only earn death in our spiritual bank accounts (Rom. 6:23). Yet through Jesus’ sacrificial death, not only was our debt removed; we have actually been credited, by faith, with the righteousness of Christ Himself.  Just as the earth simply receives rain from above, we too receive the righteousness of Christ that could not be earned or gained by our own power.

A significant implication of received righteousness is that we have the freedom to be humble and honest with our struggles. Unfortunately, we daily operate as spiritual orphans who believe that our deeds contribute to our spiritual ledger. When we are self-righteous and depend on what we do to make ourselves approved by God and others, we cannot look at our own sin. In fact, we have an incentive not to. It is too beneficial to be dishonest and too threatening to be exposed. Hypocrisy is then just a step away.

So how do we live as children instead of spiritual orphans? Just as we began: by faith. By faith, we receive what only God can give us: His forgiveness, His authority and His righteousness. Faith is the channel, the electrical cord, by which the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit flows into our daily lives. God’s children understand that He still saves sinners by faith, as that is just as much a part of their daily experience as it was when they first followed Christ. As God’s children, let’s come to Him in faith today.

Prayer: Father, thank You that You did not only wipe my slate clean but that You gave me the righteousness of Your Son that I never deserved. I confess that I still act as an orphan, depending on my efforts to save myself. I confess that I still act as if my deeds can earn your approval, despite the fact that it has already been given. Please bring me back to You and increase my faith in the all-sufficient sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Revelation 3


LUNCH BREAK STUDY

Read 1 John 1:9: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

Questions to Consider

  1. What causes us to claim that we have not sinned? What happens as a result?
  2. What happens when we confess our sins?
  3. What do you need to confess to God and to others today?

Notes

  1. There can be many things that cause us to cover up our sins (our pride, fears, self-righteousness, etc.). What is clear when we do so is that we make God out be a liar and display our lack of faith in Him.We deceive ourselves when we act as if we can make up for our mistakes.
  2. God displays His faithfulness through His forgiveness and cleanses us, allowing us to experience Him in a greater and more powerful way.
  3. Personal response: a clear conviction of sin over what you said and/or did, a grain of humility, etc.

EVENING REFLECTION

Reflect on today’s events, both big and small. What emotions were associated with those events and did they bring you closer to or farther from God and others? If there’s anything you need to confess, share it with the Lord and a close friend.  As God’s child, experience His healing and cleansing power today.

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