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Is God Fake News? Day 36

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Scripture: 1 John 5:11-12 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Devotional: There is a pervading belief in our culture today that to be “spiritual” is where it’s at.  And “spiritual” can mean a multitude of things, but mostly it means, whatever works for you. 

But God is clear that this thinking is misleading. In His great mercy, God has given us the gift of eternal life through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. This passage teaches us that whoever has the Son has life, whoever does not have the Son does not have life.  It’s quite clear.  Going one’s own way and picking and choosing your own version of spirituality is not part of God’s plan.  Jesus is. 

Reflect:

  • How often are you faced with the idea of relative spirituality? How tempted are you to embrace this?
  • How important is the Word of God in helping you stay grounded in God’s truth and His grace?
  • Give thanks to God for His provision in Christ Jesus, and next time you’re in a conversation where spirituality comes up, share this truth.

Is God Fake News? Day 35

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Scripture:Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Devotional: This passage is perhaps one of the greatest consolations we have as followers of Jesus Christ for the suffering that we experience and see in the world today.  Because this world will pass away, the promise of the ushering of God’s kingdom where there is no more mourning, crying or pain give us incredible hope.  Hope for something so beautiful, so magnificent, we cannot comprehend.  But we can look forward to it with great anticipation. And we can allow it to spur us on when we grow weary and lose heart because of the suffering and evil we see around us on a daily basis.

Reflect:

  • When you think about the new heaven and new earth that God will establish at the appointed time, what do you find yourself looking forward to most?
  • Take a moment to give thanks to God for His great promises.

 

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