Matthew: Day 20

Grace Day

by

Today's Text: Isaiah 43:11-12

Use this day to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading, giving thanks for the grace that is ours in Christ.

“I—I am the LORD.
Besides me, there is no Savior.
I alone declared, saved, and proclaimed—
and not some foreign god among you.
So you are my witnesses”—
this is the LORD’s declaration—
“and I am God.”
- Isaiah 43:11-12

SRT-Matthew-Instagram-20

  • Hossana! Save us Lord.

  • Amen. The saving grace of God breathes new life into those who love Him. Glory to God for His unfailing, perfect love. Love this site!

  • Courtney Cates

    One of the great universal truths of our Faith! Amen and praise His Holy Name!

  • Lindsey Abercrombie

    Amen! I’m so extraordinarily grateful for Him. God, in your infinite love, I am blessed.

  • Barbara Menefee

    Amen! ❤️

  • Ladies, I’m seeking your help because I don’t know how to console my friend. She wrote this.. how do I back it up with scripture and support? It’s a lot to take in. Sure at that time her faith wasn’t as strong as it should be or she veered off and got lost.

    She wrote: “I write opening the depths of guilt and shame in my heart. I’ll be blunt to escape creating excuses for myself.
    I pray to God about these troubles and have yet fully released them unto Him. #1 sin
    #2 sin: premarital sex
    #3 sin: positive pregnancy test, took a lot of Vitamin C and miscarried (they never saw anything in the ultrasound before the Vitamin C)
    #4 sin: months after the Vitamin C incident, positive pregnancy test again which I got aborted because I didn’t want a child and the father hold a knife to his throat and pulled the butchers knife on me.. ultimately I ended that relationship.
    These are the largest burdens I carry every day, some days I do not remember but other days I think of them. Thankfully for Jesus, my LARGE sins are forgiven.. but it disappoints me that growing up in an abusive household I held so much onto faith (to live and make it through each day even though I asked God to take me home everyday) and that I would not do anything like that.
    Ultimately, due to those sins.. I PUNISH myself and probably my husband because I do not want children. I don’t know if it’s because of my previous choices (after baptism and prior to rededication) but I punish myself, and am fearful.”

    • Chris

      The above comment was meant for Lynn.

    • JANIE COX

      He has forgiven you. I also came from an abusive household and was 45 before I realized that my core belief is that I have to earn love. I have good news its not true. How did I know? His word. If you do not understand Gods love, simply ask and dive into the Bible. He will show you! I highly recommend Beth Moire who understands your friends pain and the Bible’s cure for it!

    • Lizzieb85

      I saw this comment earlier & didn’t know how to answer so I prayed for you both. Later I went onto facebook & this video popped up in my feed. I hope it helps. I think your friend probably may need some counseling from a Pastor or professional Christian counselor.
      https://www.facebook.com/700clubinteractive/videos/10156448506988888/?hc_ref=ARRZCfpTjhmfroQFj6Izj2PoXW4scMSvv_B_HEMU3QJyHdxQjwk2gvo0kx_1uyHcT5g

    • DebRN

      Dearest Lynn, made in the image of God. It took guts to write out your burdens. I am sinner too; I have shared your struggle with regret and shame. What has God done for us wide out in the open? He sent His dearest Son to take our sins and nail it to the cross. Truly, Jesus blood was shed for us. His word is our authority. Not our experience because that puts the focus on us. Christians need to take care about their ‘experiences’ because that’s when they begin to lie! So says preacher Voddie Bauchum, see his video Getting the Gospel Right. Jesus’ sacrifice is greater than our sin. That’s divine mathematics. It’s all I have got. The wonderful gospel. When you think back at what you did in fear, realize you are not reacting that way today. Someone greater has taken all the punishment required. If it satisfies a righteous and holy God, it has to be enough for you and me. Enough. Rest.

    • Laura Serrato

      Hi Lynn, these two verses have helped me when feeling overcome with shame

      “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”
      ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

      “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.”
      ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭NASB

    • Carol Burnum

      Lynn by how’s power did Peter sink? Lots of people believe he did not have enough faith. Before this Jesus went up into the hills to pray and was watching them struggle. Jesus was in control of everything. Ultimately he sank by Gods power. I’ve learned that he is in control of everything. There is no mistakes and no accidents and God is still on schedule.-Charles Spurgeon. I believe that all this God can us it to help someone. He allows things like this to happen so we can identify with other people. He can take our mess and make it a message.

  • This has been a long week. My husband is facing open heart surgery. He was supposed to see the surgeon last Tuesday, but they had to postpone because of snow. He sees the surgeon this Tuesday. (We live in Georgia so even the hint of snow throws us all into a panic!) Because of the snow and brutally cold weather I was out of school all week. Lots of time to sit and think, and worry, and be anxious – terrified is also a good word. But God…Our devotion on Tuesday told us that He sees, He knows, He cares. He is capable and faithful, steady and good. He is not the God who was, or the God who will be; He is the God who is – unchanging, unshakable, unfailingly compassionate and near. Thursday and Friday every time I turned on the radio, I heard the song “Still” by Hillary Scott. The chorus says, “You’re parting waters making a way for me. You’re moving mountains that I don’t even see. You’ve answered my prayers before I even speak. All you need for me to be is still.”
    This was so needed. My word for this year is “still”. He is so good and I am a woman who is well-loved by the Almighty, unshakable, unfailingly compassionate God who IS.

    • Susan

      Praying for you and your husband. Peace

    • Eustacia Sloan

      Kathy, you and your husband are in my prayers. I love that you allowed the Word through the devotional and through a song minister to you. Hold on to your word and continue to let it bring you peace and comfort and confidence in the God we serve and holds you and your husband in His hands. Blessings

    • Chris

      My husband had 5 bypasses 16 years ago— it didn’t slow him down at all— the 1st summer we made our 1st trip to Alaska (drove and camped). He was teaching woodwork at school at that time— building houses— running a saw mill. Etc! It was a hard time for me because 12 years earlier my Dad died from complications of heart surgery. Trust God and rely on His strength!

    • Chris

      Find a pregnancy help center in your area and take her there! She needs post abortion counseling! They can and will love her and help her through this!

    • Mari

      Continued prayers for you Kathy, your husband and family. Thank you for the update. Will be praying for this coming Tuesday.

  • Wanda Smith

    Beautifully said.

  • Kelly Chataine

    For the past four and one half years I have been witnessing and professing the truth of our Savior to a young woman named Kaylee.

  • Churchmouse

    Jesus declared Who He is and why He came. He declares Who He is and why He came. He saved. He saves. He proclaimed it and He continues to proclaim it for He desires no one to perish. He is God. This one thing we have to get right. We who believe are His witnesses and now we are to also declare and proclaim. Let us take up our cross and follow Him. Let us not grow weary. He doesn’t.

Further Reading...