Skip to comments.Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 19, 2012 [Devotional]
Posted on 10/19/2012 4:50:49 AM PDT by Vision
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8, NKJV.
Today's Word from Joel and Victoria
We serve such a loving, gracious and generous God. He loves you so much that there isnt anything He wouldnt do in order to have a relationship with you. The Bible tells us that sin separates man from God. But God doesnt want to be separated from us. Thats why He sent His Son into the worldto pay the penalty for sin so that you and I could live in eternity with Him.
So many people today think they have to earn their way to heaven. They think they have to be good enough or do the right thing in order to be accepted by God. They want to clean up before they come to Him. But notice what todays verse sayssalvation is a gift from God. You cant earn a gift. You dont pay for it. You can only receive it by faith. If youve never made Jesus the Lord of your life, I encourage you to receive this free gift. Let Him fill you with His eternal peace and joy so that you can live the abundant life He has for you.
A Prayer for Today
Father in heaven, I come to You today giving You all that I am. Thank You for the gift of salvation through Your Son, Jesus. I believe He died and rose for me, and I invite You to be the Lord of every area of my life in Jesus name. Amen.
True not only for our salvation but also for "the gift of righteousness" by which we "reign in life" (Romans 5:17). We are righteous as a gift, not by our good works. Much harder for believers to see that "the abundance of grace" can extend that far. Yet that is the very heart of the gospel.