May 7: Strangers and Aliens
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Romans 8:12-17 provides us with several important reminders, one of which is to focus on the truth that we are children of God, and because we are His children, we are His heirs. This truth is something that ought to provide tremendous hope, knowing that whatever we may experience in this life is temporary.
We see this truth communicated elsewhere in the New Testament as well. For example, 1 Peter 2:11 says that we are “strangers and aliens” in this world. It’s a reminder that our real home is with God in heaven, not here. Similarly, Colossians 3:3 notes that our “real life” is hidden with Christ in God.
Difficulties will come our way, there’s no getting around that. But when difficulties do come our way, they provide us with an opportunity to remember that life’s challenges do not define us, they refine us. And the more we are refined, the better we’re able to see that our real life is not here but is in the arms of a loving Father.
READING & JOURNALING:
In what ways is God inviting you to more fully discover your “real life” or your true self?
Heavenly Father, today I’m grateful for the reminder that the challenges I experience in this life do not define me, but they do refine me. Continue to refine all of the impurities out of me so that I continue to grow into the person You have made me to be. And help me to remember that this life is temporary, and that my real life is with You. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: John 3 & 4
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