Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Nehemiah 9:33 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Nehemiah 9:33

In all that has happened to us, you have remained righteous; you have acted faithfully, while we acted wickedly.


How thankful I am that my sins, my choices, my desires, and my circumstances will never change or determine the character of God! No matter where I go or what I do, it will never change who He is!


We live in a world where people will flip on each other in an instance. Families torn apart, businesses crumbling, races divided, and classes of society at each other’s throats, and some of that can be attributed to us giving people what we think they deserve or have earned. We say things like, “Well, they deserved it,” or, “You should have known better.”


What if the Lord did that to us? What if He said to us while we were still alive on earth, “I gave you the prophets, I gave you the Word of God, the Living Word of God, my Holy Spirit, and you still missed it, so I’m done with you!”? What if God treated us the way we treated each other? What if God determined Who He was to each of us on the basis of who we are. I, for one, am terrified at that thought because I know that I’m a broken, sinful individual who is only saved by the mercy, grace, love, and blood of Jesus Christ! I am no better or no worse than anyone else, for ALL have sinned. There are no classes, no races, no cliques, no segments. but one Body, one God, one Son, and one Spirit!


We have to start responding the way God responds to us with love and truth. We don’t make excuses for our sins, but we extend grace and a helping hand up to the altar! Do you want to do something pleasing in the Lord’s sight today? One way is to respond like Christ in situations that your flesh is screaming to dominate and control! But crucify that flesh and let the Spirit lead you in a beautiful act of worship!


Galatians 5:24 - Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.


Romans 3:22-24 - This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.


God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!




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