In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


Friday August 27, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional

How the Truth Can Set You Free
Ephesians 1:3-6

All of us have probably enjoyed times when we were selected for some honor or given an assignment we considered special. Though fleeting, such moments can remind us of the deep joy that comes from knowing we belong to Jesus forever.

How sublime it is to realize that, before the foundation of the world, God chose us to be part of His family! This choice - which means we were divinely selected to become conformed to the likeness of Christ - undergirds and defines our identity as God's children. It stands as a great rock that stabilizes us when fears multiply and anxiety attacks.

In spite of this, however, many believers become unsettled when they contemplate their own residual sin nature. Knowing God will condemn all sin, they become fearful that the condemnation of the wicked might fall on them. At the same time, Satan is forever whispering in our ears accusatory remarks about our behavior. He preys on our feelings of worthlessness. When this happens, we need to remind him - and ourselves - of God's Word, which assures us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

Remember that the Father has marked you out as one of His own. You are somebody very special to God. In fact, you are so dear to Him that He sent His only begotten Son into a wicked, vile world to die on the Cross so that you could be near Him. This is pure, unadulterated grace, for which we should praise Him unceasingly.

 

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