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“The righteous man perishes, and no man lays it to heart; and merciful men are taken away while no one understands, for the righteous man is taken away from the evil to come.” Isaiah 57:1

Have you ever considered that sometimes God calls His children home to spare them from coming evils and the judgments that are soon to come upon the unbelieving and wicked in this world?

Keep me faithful to You, O Lord, and preserve me in the true faith unto life everlasting. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version, Copyright © 2024, 2017, 2014 by United Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House. All rights reserved.]

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“You are all sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Galatians 3:26-27

We are not children of God by our works under the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose again. When we are baptized according to Christ’s command (Matt. 28:19), we are joined to Christ, our sins are washed away in Jesus’ blood, and we are clothed with His perfect righteousness.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for making me a child of God through faith in Your name and for granting to me, in my baptism, the blessings of forgiveness and life everlasting purchased by Your shed blood. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version, Copyright © 2024, 2017, 2014 by United Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House. All rights reserved.]

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“But exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13

Satan would deceive us and have us take sin lightly, as though it can cause us no harm. But we need to constantly exhort each other against the dangers of sin for, as James writes, “Each man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed. Then, when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin; and when sin is finished, it brings forth death” (James 1:14-15). Sin is a threat to our souls. Repent of it, look to Christ and His cross for mercy, and seek His help and strength to resist temptation and walk in His ways.

Give me wisdom, O God, to shun every sin and evil, lest I be deceived by sin and suffer eternal death and damnation. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version, Copyright © 2024, 2017, 2014 by United Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House. All rights reserved.]

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“But before faith came, we were imprisoned under the law, kept for the faith which was later to be revealed. So the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” Galatians 3:23-25

God’s law condemns and imprisons us because, though it reveals what is good and right, we are sinners and have come short of doing what God requires. But being condemned by God’s law prepares us for the gospel, in which God offers and promises us forgiveness of sins and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice on the cross. And when we are justified through faith in Christ, we don’t return again to trusting in our faulty obedience under the law to be counted righteous and acceptable in God’s eyes.

O just and merciful God, Your law reveals my sin and condemnation and prepares me to hear the comforting words of the gospel – the promise of forgiveness and life through faith in Christ Jesus. Grant that I trust in Christ alone so that I might be counted just and righteous in Your sight. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version, Copyright © 2024, 2017, 2014 by United Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House. All rights reserved.]

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“Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? God forbid! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, righteousness would indeed come through the law. But the Scripture has confined all things under sin, that the promise through faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” Galatians 3:21-22

God’s law and His gospel are not contradictory as some would have us believe. The law is good and right, but it cannot give us life because we are sinners who do not and cannot keep the law as God requires. The law curses and condemns us as sinners and dooms us to death and damnation that we might look in faith to Christ Jesus and His perfect obedience and His innocent sufferings and death in our stead for our sins.

Your holy commandments reveal my guilt and condemn me, O God. Grant that I believe the gospel promise of forgiveness and life through faith in Jesus Christ, who kept the law for me and then suffered my punishment when He died on the cross for the sins of all. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version, Copyright © 2024, 2017, 2014 by United Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House. All rights reserved.]

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