Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 05-20-22

Intro: How are true believers identified in a sinful world? Our passage today is a continuation of the passage from yesterday and it reminds us true believers are covenant keepers; those who faithfully agree and cling to the eternal promises given by the Lord Yahweh. To agree to the covenant means to submit to the rule of God by binding oneself to His commands which lead to a common goal of redemption—the action [prompted by God] of being saved from sin, error, and evil. Although believers are still tempted by sin and struggle to live according to the commands of God, in Christ we are “the forgiven” and that makes all the difference in the world. In Christ, we never stop asking for forgiveness, mercy, and help/grace; we just keep persevering in faith as God works to reveal himself in and through our lives.

A covenant keeper seeks to know the heart of Creator God and learn His ways by studying His Word. If we need further understanding as we read the written Word, we can always pray, ask for the Spirit’s help, and study the life of Jesus because He is the Living Word. After all, Jesus is the Christ [the anointed Savior], as well as the perfect example of a covenant keeper. “God created everything through the Word; nothing was created except through Him. The Word gave life to everything that was created and his life brought light [holiness/goodness] to everyone” (John 1:3-4).

A covenant keeper loves Father God and obeys His righteous guidelines for human life. God created us, so it is wisdom for us to invite him into our lives to help us live true to who we were created to be for his glory. Only a covenant keeper can receive the wisdom from God; the world sees God’s Word as nonsense, but for believers we know it is through the covenant that we are saved, as well as enjoy and experience God’s beautiful presence and protection.

Proverbs 2:6-8 NLT

For the Lord grants wisdom!
    From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
    He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.

He guards the paths of the just
    and protects those who are faithful to him.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for granting wisdom to Your covenant children. Help all believers walk in integrity and wholeness with you, today. You are our treasure! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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