DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”
Week Eleven, Day Seven plus Review
“Out of the depths I cry to You, O LORD; O Lord, here my voice. Let Your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If You, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:1-5 (NIV)
How gracious is the Lord Jesus Christ to pardon the iniquities of each breathing soul who cries out to Him for forgiveness. Jesus spoke very plainly on the topic of the consequences of sin and not entrusting our hearts to Him for eternal keeping in Luke 16:19-31. In this account, Jesus clearly affirmed not only the reality of hell and hadees, but also the sheer agony and torment experienced by any and all who choose to ignore the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. The suffering within hell will be eternal (Isaiah 66:24) and it is for the love of those created of God, humanity as a whole, that Jesus Christ stepped down from heavenly glory in order to redeem the mess that each of us contribute to the fallen human condition (Ephesians 2:8-9). Ezekiel 33:11 encourages us in that the Lord does not take pleasure in having any experience the eternal torment, unprecedented suffering and utter separation from God, that is the reality of hell and hadees (John 3:16). Yet, for all who do not choose Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and do not confess their sins to Him, this is the coming reality (1 John 1:9-10). Ladies, hear this today, as hard as things may be in your present sufferings—NOTHING experienced on earth can match or surpass the excruciating pain and torment of hell. Praise the Lord that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself now holds the keys of death and hadees (Revelation 1:18). There is eternal freedom from suffering through Jesus Christ alone (John 11:25). He alone holds the keys after He victoriously conquered the grave on the third day (Matthew 16:21, Romans 6:9, Romans 14:9 & 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)! If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ in the past, or are reading this today, and are sincerely unsure as to where you would go if you died today—pray with me now to accept Jesus Christ into your heart this very moment.
Dear Lord Jesus,
I confess that I am a sinner—a person who has messed up in life—and need to be forgiven by You. I believe that You are the one and only Son of God, and that You were raised from the dead on the third day. I ask You to come into my heart and be the boss and Lord of my life from today into forevermore. Thank You for loving me enough to make a way for me to avoid eternal punishment. You are now my Savior, Lord Jesus. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Prayer For Today:
Lord Jesus, You alone reign. You have told the stars where to stand and defined how far the tide should rise. The migratory patterns of birds, mammals and aquatic life are all ordained by You. With all Your splendor, with all Your grandeur, You make time for a mere mortal like—me. Lord Jesus, You assured Your disciples with compassion, that not even a sparrow falls from the sky without Your notice and stated that we are so much more precious than birds (Matthew 6:26). As my nerves are shot and anxiety builds with yet more changes and challenges on the horizon, teach me to pour my heart out to You in praise and worship. Teach me to love well those You have given to me and praise You while I practice servanthood towards them. Teach me to worship You rather than worshipping comfort and all its forms of pleasure for You alone deserve my loyalty and praise. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
**Week Eleven in review. Please write down the most meaningful verse from this past week below. As you do, tell the Lord how mighty He is. Remind your own soul of the greatness of God. In the midst of hardship, remember that God is at work in your life, encouraging you to keep trusting Him for a solution to each difficulty and heartache of life (Isaiah 49:13).