TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, July 11, 2018:
A person who does not believe; skeptic; doubter.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses (unbeliever), made us alive together with Christ. It is by grace you have been saved.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
God’s Word is always true but not always popular. When it runs counter to the cultural preferences of one who is an unbeliever, the message of the gospel will be uncomfortable to hear and may lead to a challenge and confrontation. This has become very true for us believers in today’s political correct world.
We need to know that biblical truth, including the fact that God sees unbelievers as dead in their trespasses and sins, is true and real. Spiritual death comes to all generations, without exception, through the first Adam. Spiritual life is available to all generations through Jesus, the last Adam according to I Corinthians 15:45.
So, it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being and the last Adam a life-giving Spirit.” Many choose not to believe this is true, but not believing does not change God’s mind. God doesn’t change what He has declared to be truth just because we choose not to believe.
Those who are spiritually dead, which is everyone who does not believe in Jesus and has accepted Him as their Savior cannot perceive the things of God. Divine truth cannot penetrate because their “receiver spirit” is dead within them.
Paul tells us in II Corinthians 4:4 that Satan “has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel, the glory of Christ.”
John 1:12 reminds us that there are only two families in the world. They are God’s and Satan’s. We are all born in sin into Satan’s family, but we can become part of God’s family by trusting in Christ’s sacrifice for our sins and receiving Him as Savior.
We need to be reminded that according to Romans 3:12 unbelievers, no matter how good, how kind and loving they may be are under judgment. A sin debt is owed according to Romans 6:23, “For the wages (penalty) of sin is death and it cannot be paid by kind or loving acts of service. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and only by trusting in Him and His sacrifice can we escape God’s wrath for our sins.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 3:5-6.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
Help me to be able to communicate to unbelievers that they are in grave danger even though they do not believe this fact. Give me the courage and the words to present and make known Your gift of salvation to unbelievers today. I offer my hands and the words of my mouth today for You to use according to your will and desire.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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