Monday, January 11, 2016

January 11, 2016: Really, … Me?!!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 11  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Chris Tomlin singing the lyrics to his song … Jesus, He Loves Me, declaring the enigma of all times … that He would die for a sinner such as me.

Highlight Passage:   Romans 5:8 [NKJV] …
  8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 
… Can you get your mind around that truth? I don’t know that I ever will; but I’m so, so grateful for it.
Highlight Context – Romans 5:6-11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
 … The ultimate enigma, … at least for me; … that Jesus loved me (or any of us) enough to die for me (us). Go figure?!!!

Reference Passage #1 … John 3: 16 [NKJV] …  
[Again … You know this one!! … And it’s the big WOW, … isn’t it?]  
… How much did He value me … That He would die to save me?!! … WHEW!!!

Reference Passage #2 … Romans 3:21-23 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… We all have sinned … yet He still valued me enough to die for me. … WOW!!!

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, David Roper, taught [see link to ODB for today below] and reminded me of the ultimate enigma in my life … that My Savior, knowing who I was, a sinner who practically spit in His face for many years as an devil’s warrior and avowed atheist, would still go to the cross … FOR ME.

But He did, … just as Chris Tomlin sings above. And today’s highlight passage, from the Apostle

Paul’s letter to the Romans, capture it … for me and for all of us. We (all of us - see Romans 3:23) were sinners. Yet, as Paul wrote in Romans 5:8, Jesus went to the cross anyway, as the Lamb of God, to reconcile me, … yes, ME!!! … to God and make a way for me to be with Him forever. It’s the truth of John 3:16; and it’s for anyone who receives His saving grace. … ANYONE!!

All I can ever feel for that truth is … GO FIGURE?!!! … Because I can’t. But I will be eternally grateful for this truth.

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … Yes, Lord, You valued me enough to die for me. May my life be my pledge of THANK YOU. Amen  

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