Truths for Today:
Newsflash: I was interviewed on the November 2 broadcast of Christian Devotions Speak UP!.
Hear it here. The first 20 minutes of the show are an interview with
the teen hosts of a new program so to be patient.
A little three-letter word. I say it all the time.
"I planned on exercising this morning, but…"
"I wasn't going to eat that handful of cookies, but…"
"I intended to, but…"
This little word is often a transition between my good intentions and my lack of carry-through. I use it to rationalize what I did, instead of what I should have done. "But" lets everyone know that an excuse is coming.
I even use it to place a condition on my faith in God. "I trust you Lord, but…"
"But" is part of God's vocabulary, too. And yet, He never uses it to make excuses; He never imposes conditions on His love and mercy.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly… But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6, 8
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household. Ephesians 2:19
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. Ephesians 5:8
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins…But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions. Ephesians 2:1, 4-5
How can we help but rejoice! We were powerless but God's powerful love saved us! We were strangers to God but He transformed us into His children! We stumbled in darkness but He brought us into light! We were dead in our sin but He made us alive in Christ!
Where would I be if God had not spoken "BUT" over my life? Where would you be? Spend a few minutes praising God for His amazing work of love and grace in your life.