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Imagine for a moment that you’ve just read every single promise made by God throughout the Scriptures. Over a period of several months, perhaps years, you’ve taken the time to write down every promise He made, and now you’re re-reading each promise in an effort to better understand the mysteries of who God is. How are you currently feeling after reading through these promises? Which of them stuck out to you?
Answers to these questions will vary greatly from person to person. But there’s one promise that is regularly repeated throughout the New Testament. And this is the promise of being freed from death, and raised to new life in Christ.
In his book Gentle and Lowly, pastor and author Dane Ortlund writes, “Christ was sent not to mend wounded people or inspire bored people or spur on lazy people or educate ignorant people, but to raise dead people.”
While it’s true that you will experience wounds, boredom, and more through life, it’s also true that God has raised you to a new life in Christ. Live in that hope.
READING & JOURNALING:
EPHESIANS 2:1-10, COLOSSIANS 3:1-4
Think about your daily routines, thoughts, and behaviors. Is your life marked more by your old dead life, or by your new real life?
Heavenly Father, I realize I could swim in an ocean of Your promises and would never be able to see how far and wide and deep they go. Today, I pray that the truth of being raised to a new life will captivate my thoughts, words, and deeds. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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