OK, here's the plan (if God is willing):

1) Every day will be a new devotional. I have enough devotionals for every day for three years

2) Also as I can, I'll be posting on my new political blog (see bottom of page).

Some other housecleaning:

A) If you'd like to just get new postings sent to your email, just submit your address in the box on the left just below. There's just one possible downside, though. Occasionally I'll add a music video at the end that's relevant to the devotional, and you won't get them in the email sent to you. If I add a video though, I'll make sure to mention in the posting, so you'll know to come to the site to see it if you'd like.

B) I actually finished writing new blog posting for the TAWG at the end of 2016. So what I'm doing now is at the beginning of every month, I'll move the earliest month from 3 years ago ahead so that a "new" posting appears every day. That's why you won't find any postings for January 2014, for example.

C) When I started this Blog, I was using the 1984 edition of the NIV, and that’s what I linked to on the Biblegateway site. However, in 2011 Zondervan updated its edition and thus reworded a lot of the NIV translation. Therefore, all the links which went to the 1984 edition now redirect to the 2011 edition, which often has slightly different wording. Thus, part of my editing process has been to update my Scripture quotes in my postings. But I might have missed some, in which case you might see my quote in the posting as a little different from what comes up when you click on my citation link, since that redirects to the 2011 edition on the Biblegateway site. It's a good thing that we realize that the work of translation never ends, but it can be a kind of a pain on a site like this. If you see any difference in verbiage between my quote and what shows up as a link on the Biblegateway site, or if you hover over a link and it has "NIV1984" at the end of it, please notify me and I'll correct it.

D) I can't believe I have to say this, but here goes. At the end of every posting is a suggested short prayer that has to do with what we discussed. This is actually what I've prayed when I finished writing it. In no way am I asking you to pray the exact verbiage of my suggested prayer. It's just a springboard for your own prayer, nothing more. Quite frankly, I've never been a fan of praying rote prayers written by someone else. As with everything else I do here, to the degree it helps, great; to the degree it doesn't, chunk it.

As always, thank you so much for reading, even if it's to read one post. God bless.

[Aug 27]—The Fix Is In!


            Once again we have a series of rhetorical questions. And in this case, Paul wants us to imagine a courtroom setting.
            Of course, according to Scripture, it’s not really an issue of us being found guilty sometime in the future. According to John’s Gospel, everyone who hasn’t believed in Jesus is condemned already. I know I’m guilty, Satan (the Prosecutor) knows I’m guilty, the Judge knows I’m guilty, and even my own Defense Attorney knows I’m guilty.
            But then there’s a hitch. The Prosecutor keeps hurling accusations against me, and the Judge keeps saying “Not guilty.” He can accuse me of whatever he wants, he can throw everything—including the kitchen sink—against me, and none of it will stick. Why?
            Because the moment I received Christ, the Judge declared me “Not guilty” since my sins have already been punished. There’s no Double Jeopardy in his courtroom. Even better than “Not Guilty,” he’s declared me to have the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ.
            And if God, the Judge over everything seen and unseen, has declared me not only not guilty but completely righteous, then who’s going to successfully bring an accusation against me? The Accuser is never going to get a hearing. The only One who’s qualified to judge me has declared himself to be my adopted Father. So good luck with that. In any other context, the Prosecuting Attorney would immediately hold a press conference claiming “The fix was in! I lost this case before I ever walked into the courthouse!!!”
            The remainder of vs. 34 gives four reasons why I can never ever ever be condemned in God’s courtroom (the only one that matters):

1) My Savior died in my place. He was pierced for my transgressions, he was crushed for my iniquities; the punishment that brought me peace was on him, and by his wounds I am healed. I was just like a sheep, having gone astray; just like everyone else, I turned to my own way; and the Lord laid on him my iniquity, my sin, and my transgressions.

2)  He then rose from the dead. According to Paul in another passage, he was raised to life “for” my justification. The word could also be translated as “because of,” which is how the NASB renders it, and I actually like it better. The word could go either way, and commentator disagree on how to translate/interpret it. But this is the explanation that makes the most sense to me: From MacArthur, “The resurrection provided proof that God had accepted the sacrifice of His Son and would be able to be just and yet justify the ungodly.”

3) He ascended to the right hand of the Father. My Savior passed through the Heavens, walked through the ultimate hero’s welcome, and sat down at the right hand of God. He’s at the place of ultimate authority, second only to the Father himself. This puts the final “stamp of approval” from the Father regarding his work.

4) And finally Paul explicitly assures us that this same Jesus--who died, rose again, and ascended on high—is now pleading on our behalf. He’s the One who intercedes for us. The same One who’s sitting at the right hand of God the Father. If I tried to walk up to the main gate at the White House and tried to get the guard to let me in to talk with the President, you can guess how much luck I'd have. But if I knew the President’s child on a personal basis, I’d be in.

This is so important. Remember, this passage is at the end of an entire chapter dedicated to calming our fears and removing our doubts. When the Accuser comes to you and whispers in your ear, direct him back to your Father. He knows how to deal with this.

Lord Jesus, thank you so much for what you did and am doing for me. But the best is yet to come, isn’t it? Can’t wait.

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