September 25 “It’s all grace!”

Christ's second return
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No amount of good works can make us right with God. And just as we are saved by grace through faith, we are kept by that same grace. It’s all about grace!

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 41 & 42
Psalm 109.26-31
Proverbs 26.3-4
Galatians 3.1-29

 

Isaiah 41 & 42:

His care for the faithful

Chapter 41 was written to warn those in Israel, who persisted in ne 15 “Idolatry & Christian veneers”" href="http://donnareidland.com/june-15-idolatry-christian-veneers/" target="_blank">idolatry, but also to encourage and comfort those who remained faithful to the One True God. Chapter 42 contains many prophesies about the Messiah. Jesus quoted from this chapter in Matthew 12 speaking about Himself (Matt. 12.17-21).

These passages are to encourage us to stay faithful to God, too. We may very well be approaching a time when God’s judgment becomes more and more apparent, but He will always care for His faithful remnant.

That isn’t to say things won’t get more difficult. But God’s grace will be there to get us through it, even when we don’t entirely escape from it. Remember that even though Daniel was faithful, he still was taken into captivity. But God used him, blessed him and protected him throughout. Continue reading