Daily Devotion-April 6, 2022

Daily Devotion-April 6, 2022

Hebrews 13:14 

For we do not have a permanent city here, but we are looking for the city that is coming.

Dear Heavenly Father,

This life is temporary, not our permanent life. You have given us this time of grace to come to know you, and we have all sorts of problems, hurdles, challenges, and sins to deal with in this life. This home is not our final resting place; our permanent home is yet to come. How do we deal with all this? We could try to do it on our own or with your help. To enter that permanent city—heaven—you demand that we are perfect just as you are perfect. So by ourselves, we would have to live our lives loving you and others perfectly. The only person who has ever done this was Jesus. So, on our own is not the answer.

We look for that permanent city through you. It is inclusive for all people. Your plan of salvation was to send your Son to live the perfect life we could not do. Then he went to the cross to suffer and die in our place willingly—to suffer for our punishment. Therefore, whoever believes in him will never be condemned but will have eternal life. Eternal life comes to us through our faith which you started in us by your Spirit. Others share your word, and your Spirit uses that to create trust; so that we believe in you and your salvation. No one is compelled or forced into your service, but it is all-volunteer that whoever would believe in Jesus would believe in you who sent him. Jesus is the way; he has won us forgiveness of all our sins. Faith alone brings us to that permanent city—heaven.

Father, thank you for not giving up on us when we are tempted into sin. Thank you for sending your Son to save us and restore us back to you. Thank you for sending us your Spirit to believe, and thank you for giving us your word that we can read of your love and share it with others who may not yet know you. So they, too, will hear of your love, believe in Jesus, and be delivered to that permanent home in heaven. Amen.

Written through Pastor Roger Emmons

God’s love is all around us, even in this world. He is waiting with arms open for you to believe in the gift he has given—Jesus. Your sins are forgiven; that permanent city is your new home.