175. DAILY DEVOTION FOR SEPT. 24th, 2021 – God At Work
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Read the Scripture: Genesis 3:20-24
20 Adam named his wife Eve because she would become the mother of all the living.
21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
OUR KEY VERSES FOR TODAY IS: Genesis 3:21
The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
Here is the beginning of animal sacrifices: God sheds blood in order to make clothing for Adam and Eve. He made them from the skins of animals, and therefore those animal lives were sacrificed to clothe Adam and Eve. This is but a picture, as all animal sacrifices are but pictures—a kind of kindergarten of grace—in order to teach us the great truth that God eternally attempts to communicate to us as men and women. Ultimately, it is God Himself who bears the pain, the hurt, and the agony of our sins.
As John the Baptist said, Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away [who is continually taking away] the sin of the world! (John 1:29). Paul uses a wonderful phrase in Ephesians: accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6 KJV). When we have acknowledged our guilt, when we have acknowledged that what we have done is contrary to what God wants, and we stand there with nothing to defend ourselves and no attempt to do so, but simply in honest acknowledgment of our own doing, then we are accepted in the beloved.
There came a time when God’s Lamb lay dead on our behalf, and God took us orphans and clothed us in His righteousness, and thus we stand accepted in the beloved, received in His place. That is where repentance brings us. That is the way you begin the Christian life. But if you think that is where it ends, you are wrong. We must be continually repenting of those areas where we fail or fall back upon a way of living that God has said is not right. I must repent of my self-dependence—and so must you.
PLEASE PRAY THIS SHORT PRAYER WITH ME: (Pray your own prayer if you wish)
Teach me, Lord, to continually repent. Thank you for clothing me in the righteousness of Jesus, that I may be accepted in the beloved
Life Application – God at Work
Repentance not only begins the Christian life, but is the daily basis upon which the whole Christian life is built. How are we at daily confessing our self-dependence?
SHALOM AND MAY YOU HAVE A BLESSED DAY
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