The Word of Grace Devotion for January 13, 2020
The Harvest is Plentiful
Matthew 9:36-38, "When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” NIV
Beloved, my Pastor once said, “We can either evangelize or fossilize.” What Pastor Skip was speaking about was reaching out to the lost. If we don’t reach out to the lost then we are in danger of becoming a dead church and we don’t want that. So we need to reach out as Jesus said in Matthew 9:37b-38, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Also, later on in Matthew we are told in Matthew 28:19-20 to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I say all of this because on January 22, 2020 Ryan Reis will be teaching and evangelizing at Grace CC along with Christian Hip Hop /Spoken Word Artist, Jarell. This then is a wonderful opportunity for us to pray that God would save the lost and reach those that we cannot reach.
Beloved, truly the harvest is plentiful and the end seems to be closing in on us. Let us be a body of believers that reaches out to a lost and dying world and pray that God would help us to reach out to those who desperately need Him as much as we do!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
The Word of Grace Devotion for January 6, 2020
Genesis 15:1-6, “After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” 2But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” 4Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”
Beloved, there are two types of righteousness: self-righteousness, which is accomplished by our own effort and strength, and God’s righteousness accounted to us through faith in God. When Abram believed in God’s promise and placed his trust in God, God credited this belief to Abram’s account as righteousness.
Beloved none of us can be good enough to accomplish the righteousness necessary to reach heaven; we must have God’s righteousness accounted to us. Like Abram, we also must come to the place of trusting in God’s promises for our lives.
What happened to Abram is one of the clearest examples of salvation by grace, through faith. This is the first time believe is used in the Bible and the first time righteousness is used in the Bible. This is the NT gospel in the Hebrew Scriptures, later quoted four times in the NT.
For example, Romans 4:1-3 says, “What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
Also Romans 4:9-10 says, “Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised.” It is also mentioned in Romans 4:19-24 and Galatians 3:5-7.
Beloved, we must learn to rest on God’s righteousness and not on our own! Trust in the completed work of God for you! I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
Trusting in Him!