May 28, 2014

ephesians1-7

Leviticus 26:27-42; Ephesians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:41-46

You have received redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ. You are forgiven your sins through the riches of God’s grace. He has made clear the mystery of his will, which remains an enigma to those who will not believe. But why were you adopted into the family of God?

You have been chosen to be holy and blameless before God, and in the fullness of time, be united with him. What a task this is for those who will not believe. God’s chosen people are given all manner of signs and blessings, yet many will spurn the one sign that unites them to God, turning to idols of their own devising.

Do not deceive yourself, making believe that the latest popular notion will cover your sins. When that dread enemy tells you that sin has conquered you, be reminded that you are covered, holy, and blameless by virtue of Christ’s precious blood, not by your own piety or reason. If you trust in yourself, you are finished—and God will finish you. But if you confess your iniquity, our God who is faithful and just will remember his promise and put that enemy under your feet.

Prayer: Precious Lord, give me strength to always remember that you are my strength. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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