In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


November 17-18, 2007 – Sharing Our Hope Romans 12:1-3

            Jesus Christ came into the world to be a substitute sacrifice for mankind. He had a powerful ministry, performed numerous miracles, and laid a strong foundation for the church. But His primary purpose was to die for our sins. Jesus’ death satisfied the just demands of God, who declared that the soul who sins must die (Ezekiel 18:4).

            By taking our place, the Savior cleaned our hearts of sin and guilt, making us worthy to enter God’s holy presence spiritually (while we are on earth) and physically (when we arrive in heaven). We have the assurance of a future with Him. And we also have hope for the present, because the Bible promises that God will protect us and provide for our needs. But the Father is not satisfied simply with our coming to faith; He desires that we be the human expression of Christ to the world (1 Peter 2:12).

            God gives us the Holy Spirit, who begins the work of renewing our minds to make us like Jesus. When we follow God’s Word and the Spirit’s guidance, our thought life transforms from selfish to righteous. And since our thoughts are what control our attitudes and actions, those change too. When we are thinking as God does, we appear to others as confident and courageous Christians.

            A relationship with the Lord means not only salvation and renewal, but also a future and a hope (Proverbs 24:14). Jesus is the only “sure thing,” but people cannot know that unless they learn about Him through our words and actions. Share your hope!

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