Summer Plan: Day 11

So, we are continuing in our reading of 1 Samuel today. Also, as you are reading through this devotion be in prayer for all of the children at VBS today and tomorrow. These are their final two days. Pray that they are truly submerged into the Word of God. Pray that, even as little children, they dive deep into it. Pray that they write the Words of God on their heart.

Today our reading is brief. It is only twenty-two verses, but they are amazing verses. They speak directly to our hearts in more ways than one. 

Take and read 1 Samuel 10 today, and if you have time go ahead and read it twice. 

Grace. We cannot do it ourselves. We are blessed. Do not take it for granted. Those are just some of the quick words, phrases, sentences that pop into my mind when I read through this passage. I think of all of the trouble that I got into as a child. I think about the punishments that my parents levied against me. I think about how unfair they seemed at the time, but as I hearken back now they appear graceful. 

Read 1 Samuel 10:9. "As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul's heart, and all these signs were fulfilled today."

Read Ephesians 2:8-9. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing;it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."

Look at the heart change. This is the primary affect of the gospel on you, on me, on every Christian to ever walk the face of this planet. Because of Jesus our hearts our changed. We move from death to life. We move from the darkness into the light. AND HERE IT IS. WE DO NOT DO THIS ON OUR OWN. IT IS THE GRACE OF GOD THROUGH HAVING FAITH IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. 

So, ask yourself today if you have ever had this heart change? If no, then confess and believe that Jesus is the Savior. He is the Christ. He was a real man, who was truly God at the same time. He really lived. He really died. He really was risen from the grace by God the Father. Confess this with not just your mouth but your heart too, and you will be saved. 

If you answered with a resounding YES to the above question, then do you live like it? Do we truly live as though this phenomenal life change has occurred?


Andrew Barnes