Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 08-17-23

Intro: Some things are always true in this life, because when God speaks and declares a thing it always happens. For example, Adam and Eve were tempted by Satan and sinned in the Garden of Eden; their sin was to exalt their flesh or will over God’s command. Because God had already spoken the truth about the consequences they would face before they sinned—the curse of separation, suffering, and death—it most assuredly came to pass when they did not heed God’s word. So, one minute Adam and Eve are “genuine” [Heb. meaning belonging to the original stock/God’s glorious image] and the next minute they are stripped naked and “barren” [Heb. meaning to be torn away from the family stock]. And time rolls on…

In our passage today from Isaiah—perhaps 3500 years later—God promises to provide forgiveness for the world’s sin against him. Some 700 years following, God provides salvation in Messiah. God wants the return of his “genuine” creation. Since we cannot redeem ourselves because of a sin nature, we must declare allegiance to God. Humanity must now seek the Lord who offers “genuine” salvation.

Humanity is still struggling with allegiance to the Creator; I see it in every direction. God is the only One who can offer us righteousness—which we need in order to receive eternal life once again. Yet, there is a battle all the time with the human will. We cannot have it all; a sacrifice of self and a rejection of evil is the Way; it has always been the Way.

“Genuine” believers are the carriers of God’s righteousness, models of his love, and boasters of his glorious presence for salvation. So, take time today to thank God for his faithfulness to an unfaithful creation and praise him as he takes you on a journey to reveal his glorious righteousness living in you!

Isaiah 45:20-25 NLT
Let all the world look to me for salvation!
    For I am God; there is no other.
I have sworn by my own name;
    I have spoken the truth,
    and I will never go back on my word:
Every knee will bend to me,
    and every tongue will declare allegiance to me.”
The people will declare,
    “The Lord is the source of all my righteousness and strength.”
And all who were angry with him
    will come to him and be ashamed.
In the Lord all the generations of Israel will be justified,
    and in him they will boast.

Prayer: Lord, we pray for all of your creation to bow in allegiance to your Word and Way of salvation. Forgive our stubborn attempts to rule ourselves; we continually ask for your merciful hand to strengthen our commitment to live as the genuine. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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