Remember to pray & read the entire passage before you begin.
“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
When we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior our relationship with God changes. When we put our faith in Jesus – we receive His Holy Spirit , and “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” Romans 8:14. We are His children – what love… what mercy…what hope…
- Why did God our Savior save us when He came?
- What act of His Holy Spirit took place in us at that time?
- How are we justified?
- Then what do we become (see also Romans 8:14-17)?
- What has been poured out on us (I love this image)?
- What does it mean to you to be considered an heir in God’s kingdom?
- How does that renew your hope and change how you look at your circumstances today?
Praying that the reality of your identity in Christ will become more real to you today. May you hope in Him as he rejuvenates, and renews you through the work of His Spirit in your life. May your love of your Savior grow deeper and richer today as you look forward to your eternal hope! Praying for you!
There are passages in scripture that give us a peek inside of heaven.
1 Corinthians 2:9 Revelation 21:22-27
Revelation 5 John 17:24 John 14:1-3
But, until the day He calls us home we will not know what it it will be like. What joy it will be to praise our Almighty God face to face!
What do you think that you’ll do
when you meet Jesus?
Listen to the song by Mercy Me and pray about it…
It really is too much to imagine. Thanking God we have the gift of Jesus Christ… that one day we will be able to be in heaven – bowing, singing, praising, dancing, loving, being still… Praying that we would have a glimpse of that day as we put our Hope in Him!
Read Acts 9:1-19
“The Lord told him, ‘Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying'” (v. 11)….“’Lord,’ Ananias answered, ‘I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem.'” (v.13)… “Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.'” (v.19)
We always hear it said, “Seeing is believing.” But that really isn’t how faith works. Faith works when we believe despite what we do see, or don’t see, or think we see. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1. Basically this is what it comes down to – Believe God’s Promises! The Bible is thousands and thousands of pages of promises fulfilled. Why do we not trust Him enough to walk forward in faith? He is not going to leave you (Matthew 28:20) & He continues to work in you (Philippians 1:6). Remember… “The one who calls you is faithful.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24.
- Imagine being Ananias. Write about what it would be like to be used by God to minister to someone who violently opposes Christ.
- Do you feel God calling you to do something (big or small) where you need to trust Him?
- Write about it and ask the Lord to help you see past the road blocks that keep coming up and give you perseverance to walk forward trusting Him (Hebrews 12:1-2).
WALK BY FAITH – JEREMY CAMP
Believing is Seeing – it’s seeing God for who he is & trusting Him for His promises. Keep your Eyes on Jesus… and keep believing! Praying this for you today…
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24