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Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 19, 2012 [Devotional]
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Posted on 10/19/2012 4:50:49 AM PDT by Vision

A Gift from God

Today's Scripture

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 isn’t anything He wouldn’t do in order to have a relationship with you. The Bible tells us that sin separates man from God. But God doesn’t want to be separated from us. That’s why He sent His Son into the world—to 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 today’s verse says—salvation is a gift from God. You can’t earn a gift. You don’t pay for it. You can only receive it by faith. If you’ve 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.



TOPICS: General Discusssion; Theology; Worship
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1 posted on 10/19/2012 4:50:53 AM PDT by Vision
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2 posted on 10/19/2012 4:51:51 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Vision
You can’t earn a gift. You don’t pay for it. You can only receive it by faith.

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.

3 posted on 10/19/2012 5:39:37 AM PDT by PapaNew
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