If Not for God - Your Daily Forward Devotional

If Not for God

 

January 13

 

Read Ephesians 2:4-7

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.

 

Reflect

What did God do for us, and why did He do it?

 

Yesterday, we remembered our old sinful ways before Christ. We recalled how we were dead in our sins. We were controlled by the world, Satan, and our flesh. If that was the end of the story, it would sure be depressing.

 

But it’s not the end of the story. Paul starts today’s passage with the most encouraging and hope-filled words I have ever read. “But God.” We were dead, but God made us alive in Jesus Christ. We were doomed, but God saved us. We were condemned to hell, but God raised us up and seated us with Him in heaven!

 

Why did He do that for us? Because that is who He is. Paul said, He did it because He is rich in mercy. Because He loved us with a “great” love even when we were dead in our sins. He did it to show the generations that His grace is without measure and that He is abundantly kind to us. He did it for His glory but for our own good.

 

We are sinful and disobedient in nature, but God is not. The Psalmist says, “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Psalm 103:8). He is rich in mercy, grace, patience, and faithful love. That is His nature.

 

Friends, we could not save ourselves. But God could, and He did. If not for God, we would still be dead in our sins. But because of God, we have been made alive! Let’s spend some time praising God for who He is and what He did for us today.

 

Pray

God, I know I didn’t do anything to deserve Your loving kindness, and yet out of Your abundance of grace, mercy, and love, You offered it to me. Thank You for bringing me back to life in Jesus. You have been so good to me. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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But God, I give You thanks and praise, and confess that had it not been for Your grace toward me, I would have been lost to satan and his imps. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!
*THANKYOUJESUS*
All that I am and I have I owe to one man, Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord for allowing him to die so violently for ny sins
Were it not for God, where would we be today
Thank you Lord for bringing me back to life in Jesus. I didn't do anything to deserve Your loving Kindness. It was out of Your abundance of grace, mercy and love You did it. Thank You.
Amen!
Thanks.
Heavenly Father I Praise You and Thank You for Loving us "first" In so much Love sending Your only begotten son to give His Love to fill us with Life in only You. Blessing we your children with your unfailing Mercy's and Grace each and every new day. I Praise You Father for Jesus living, dying and being resurrected to give us life back through only Jesus who lives inside of daily. For His Holly Spirit who teaches guides us helps us to build life drawing nearer to You. How Great You Are! In Jesus Christ Mighty name Amen
Thanks.
I'm right there with you, Jane!
Thank you for this Pastor Nat. What can I say or add, I simply bow down in praise and worship Jesus Christ my saviour. I who was far gone, dead in sin but His crucifixion brought me life - salvation. Amen.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 🙏🏻
Amen 🙏
God is full of mercy, kindness to show he is God of love.
Amen
Thank You our Almighty Heavenly Father for loving us so much in the name of Jesus. Amen!
For by grace you have been saved through faith, not of yourselves, but a gift from God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. If this don't get you praising and letting it fly. I don't what will. Thank you God!
Amen but God
FATHER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SON JESUS. THANK YOU FOR TEACHING ME THE TRUE MEANING OF GIVING UP SOMETHING THAT YOU LOVE SO MUCH, SO OTHERS CAN LIVE. IN JESUS AMEN
Thanks be to God for saving me, a sinner.
Glory be to God. Truth...Yes and Amen
Lord thank you for being so good to me.
Out of His great mercy God saved us through His righteous blood of Jesus. We are saved by grace and that grace is God’s merciful, undeserved love His showed toward us in Jesus. We who believe are most blessed. Thank you Jesus, Amen
Amén
Amen
Amen, that is so sweet and awesome just to know God 🙏 love's us, and that is all you need! Halaluya!
Amen! That makes me want to sing!!
Lord You are good, You are better than good. You showed us grace and mercy when we did not even deserve it. But God. Lord, You given us chance after chance after chance. But God. You are always faithful to us, even in our disobedience. But God. I love You Lord. And You do things for the good of those that love the Lord and are called for His purpose. Thank You Lord. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Amen!!! Thank You God for Your unconditional love, mercy, grace, compassion and forgiveness to me. Thank You for rescuing me from a life of sin and destruction. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Amen
Lest we never forget that we are created beings in His image. Though conceived and born of a woman, our spirit is given and breathed into our bodies by God. To Him, we owe our very existence. Yes, thank you Father for our very existence and Your grace and patience to bring us back to a life in our Holy Christ Jesus. We acknowledge that we cannot exist in Christ on our own...
Thank You God ❤
Love you MY LORD GOD
Thank you God for your love your grace and mercy. Amen
Amen.
Glory and honour be to God for His wonderful and great love
Amen!
Amen thank you Jesus
I appreciate Pastor Nate and his gentle Godly wisdom..
I thank the Lord for His mercy,grace, and unconditional love. I also thank Him for being the God of all comfort when I need it most.
I am nothing without him
I am so grateful I read today’s message my heart is overwhelmed my eyes watered with overwhelming praise and joy thank you guys for all you do 💙