Daily Devotion

1 January 2018

2 Timothy 1:8-14 (ESV)

Therefore qdo not be ashamed of rthe testimony about our Lord, nor of sme his prisoner, but tshare in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, uwho saved us and vcalled us to1 a holy calling, wnot because of our works but because of vhis own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus xbefore the ages began,210 and which now has ybeen manifested through zthe appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, awho abolished death and bbrought life and cimmortality to light through the gospel, 11 dfor which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 ewhich is why I suffer as I do. But fI am not ashamed, for gI know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until hthat day iwhat has been entrusted to me.313 jFollow kthe pattern of lthe sound4 words mthat you have heard from me, in nthe faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit owho dwells within us, guard ithe good deposit entrusted to you.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Ti 1:8–14). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

Everybody talks about the new year resolution when the calendar hits 31st Dec, while for me, at the close of 2017, i looked back at 2017, I am faced with 3 main questions in my life that almost literally threatened to put a halt in my life. In the first day of 2018, my prayer for today is that I will come to stand on the unchanging faithfulness of my Lord Jesus, that it is not just pure head knowledge but a transformation of my heart that I can face up to the 3 questions that I can truly answer with certainty.

There is absolutely nothing I can do to be counted righteous before God. That is accounted righteous through faith in Christ, but holiness, it is something I can work on. Holiness is setting myself apart, and that’s in every thing I do every day, small and big thing, every decision, that I can make my life to a holy calling. Accredited Righteousness leads to a life empowered by a holy calling. Sometimes feelings don’t count especially at times when i feel God is million miles away, and isn’t that the right time that faith needs to step up? Christ is the foundation of which my faith lies absolutely in, and for the year of 2018, I pray that despite the trio assault in my life by the 3 main questions in life, that I will continue to persevere to live in faith, in small things in my life to live in holiness, and to dig deep in His Word that lights up the darkness of my doubt.

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