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Salvation and onward

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Our life is to be based on the atoning work of Jesus Christ, who died to redeem us from bondage to sin.  His precious blood paid in full the cost of all our transgressions – past, present, and future (Ephesians 1:7).  Upon acceptance of the Lord’s sacrificial death on our behalf, we experience a second birth and become spiritually alive (John 3:3).

At that moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us.  His presence is proof of our new position in Christ, as well as a guarantee of our future inheritance and our place in heaven.  As God’s children, we’re commanded to live a life of holiness, marked by a deep reverence for the Lord.

Our desire for holy living comes from knowing our Father’s character and understanding what it cost for us to be saved.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch Devotional, November 18, 2017.

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The windstorm comes from its chamber,

and the cold from the driving north winds.

Ice is formed by the breath of God,

and watery expanses are frozen.

He saturates clouds with moisture;

He scatters His lightning through them.

They swirl about,

turning round and round at His direction,

accomplishing everything He commands them

over the surface of the inhabited world.

Job 37:9-12

Real faith


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Was Jesus recommending a passive and unthinking approach to life and the future?  Absolutely not.  He used dramatic rhetoric to highlight the inconsistency of claiming faith in God while remaining anxious about daily needs.  Jesus’ advice to sell one’s possession and give to the poor in Luke 12:33 fits into this context.  It is not an absolute command but an illustration of the kind of faith that trusts God more than worldly security.

Commentary from the HCSB Apologetics Study Bible, pg. 1539.