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Grace for the Moment Family Devotional: 100 Devotions for Families to Enjoy God's Grace
by Max Lucado
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A Chosen People
Do you ever feel unnoticed? New clothes and styles may help for a while. But if you want permanent change, learn to see yourself as God sees you: “He has covered me with clothes of salvation and wrapped me with a coat of goodness, like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding, like a bride dressed in jewels” (Isaiah 61:10).
Does your self-esteem ever sag? When it does, remember what you are worth. “You were bought, not with something that ruins like gold or silver, but with the precious blood of Christ, who was like a pure and perfect lamb” (1 Peter 1:18-19).
The challenge is to remember that. To meditate on it. To focus on it. To allow his love to change the way you look at you.
- When Christ Comes
You are a chosen people, royal priests, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession.
1 Peter 2:9
God Chooses You
Do you ever feel invisible? As if nobody even notices you? Maybe some new clothes will get me noticed, you think. And maybe they do. For a little while. But then the latest craze is yesterday’s news, and you’re back to . . . invisible. Want a change that lasts? Learn to see yourself as God sees you—covered with the “clothes of salvation” and wrapped in “a coat of goodness” (Isaiah 61:10 ICB).
Do you ever feel like a nobody? When you do, remember what you are really worth. Remember what—or rather who—God gave to save you: “You were bought with the precious blood of the death of Christ, who was like a pure and perfect lamb” (1 Peter 1:19).
If you ever start to feel invisible or left out, remember this: God chooses you to be his child. That can be hard to remember sometimes. So pray about it. Think about it. Let the way God sees you change the way you see yourself.
GROWING IN GRACE
God chooses to see you as his wonderful creation. How do you choose to see your family and friends? They are each a wonderful creation of God. Your mom. Your dad. Even your sister and brother. Find something you love about each of your family members and friends—then tell them what it is.
A Complete Restoration
God loves to decorate. God has to decorate. Let him live long enough in a heart, and that heart will begin to change. Portraits of hurt will be replaced by landscapes of grace. Walls of anger will be demolished and shaky foundations restored. God can no more leave a life unchanged than a mother can leave her child’s tear untouched . . . . .
This might explain some of the discomfort in your life. Remodeling of the heart is not always pleasant. We don’t object when the Carpenter adds a few shelves, but he’s been known to gut the entire west wing. He has such high aspirations for you. God envisions a complete restoration. He won’t stop until he is finished . . . . He wants you to be just like Jesus.
- Just Like Jesus
You will know that God’s power is very great for us who believe.
1 John 2:14 ICB
God Lives Here
Have you ever done any decorating in your room? Maybe you added a poster here. Put out a favorite collection there. Maybe you even got to pick the color for the walls. You added this and changed that until it looked like you lived there.
Well, God loves to decorate too. Actually, God has to decorate. Let him live long enough in a heart, and that heart will begin to change. He’ll move some forgiveness into that corner. He’ll add some shelves and fill them up with his Word. It’s not always pleasant though. You might feel a little uncomfortable when he knocks down that wall of jealousy or anger, but that new spirit of kindness he puts in will look and feel great. Then he’ll paint your whole heart with love—love for him and love for others.
God wants to give your heart a complete makeover. So he won’t stop working until he’s completely finished—until it looks just like he lives there.
GROWING IN GRACE
Decorate your room with God’s Word. Write favorite Bible verses on sticky notes. Then stick them by your light switch, above your pillow, or anywhere else you’re sure to see them. God loves it when you make “room” for him!
The Foundation of Courage
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 NIV).
“[God] justifies those who have faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26 NIV).
For those in Christ, these promises are not only a source of joy. They are also the foundations of true courage. You are guaranteed that your sins will be filtered through, hidden in, and screened out by the sacrifice of Jesus. When God looks at you, he doesn’t see you; he sees the One who surrounds you. That means that failure is not a concern for you. Your victory is secure. How could you not be courageous?
- The Applause of Heaven
“I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Hebrews 8:12 NIV
The Bible says that “those who are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty” (Romans 8:1 ICB). It also says that God will “make right any person who has faith in Jesus” (3:26 ICB).
That is great news for God’s children! Because sometimes, even when you want to do right, you do wrong. We all do. That’s why God’s promises are so wonderful! If you believe in Jesus and obey him, God promises that your sins will all be taken away and that they will be hidden by Jesus. So when God looks at you, he doesn’t see your sin; he sees the One who saves you—Jesus.
That means that you don’t have to worry about messing up. You’ve already won because Jesus saves you. Trusting in that promise gives you the courage to try to do the right thing—even when you know you might mess up. Trusting in that promise lets you be brave.
GROWING IN GRACE
Grab some friends and play a game of hide-and-seek. As you hide, remember how Jesus hides your sins and mistakes. And as you seek, remember how God promises never to seek for your forgiven sins!
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