Daily Devotion for June 28, 2016

'What a Partnership!'

1 Corinthians 1:7-9 NLT
Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. GOD will do this, for He is faithful to do what He says, and HE has invited you into partnership with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Funny “recollection”...

While reading this portion of scripture yesterday, the word “partnership” caught my attention. Actually, it reminded me of all the “partners” I had been assigned while I was a student in school. Though “partners” were supposed to work together—50/50—to accomplish whatever was assigned, not all “partners” did their share! Truth be told, some “partners” did EVERYTHING! This made me think of how our God “invited” us Believers “into partnership with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,” and how HE is the One who has done EVERYTHING for us! Check this out...

“Even before He made the world, GOD loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.” (Ephesians 1:4) What a “partnership!”

“GOD decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:5) What a “partnership!”

“HE is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.” (Ephesians 1:7) What a “partnership!”

“HE has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son” (Colossians 1:13-14) What a “partnership!”

HE made all Believers "children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26) What a “partnership!”

HE dressed us in “Christ, like putting on new clothes.” (Galatians 3:27) What a “partnership!”

HE gave us a “new nature...renewed as (we) learn to know (our) Creator and become like Him” (Colossians 3:10) What a “partnership!

HE made Christ live “in” us, and “Christ's mighty power...works within” us. (Colossians 1:27,29) What a “partnership!”

HE “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) What a “partnership!”

HE “poured out on us who belong to His dear Son” His “glorious grace” (Ephesians 1:6) What a“partnership!”

“HE has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.” (Ephesians 1:8) What a “partnership!”

HE “has now revealed to us His mysterious plan regarding Christ,” that “at the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.” (Ephesians 1:9-10) What a “partnership!”

HE has given us “an inheritance from God,” because “we are united with Christ” (Ephesians 1:11) What a “partnership!”

“HE raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6) What a “partnership!”

HE made us “citizens along with all God's holy people”—we Believers are “members of God's family.” (Ephesians 2:19) What a “partnership!”

Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God's presence.” (Ephesians 3:12) What a “partnership!”

HE gave us a “new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” (Ephesians 4:24) What a “partnership!”

“GOD has given us (by His divine power) EVERYTHING we need for living a godly life.” (2 Peter 1:3) What a “partnership!”

“HE will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.” (1 Corinthians 1:8) What a “partnership!”

The list of “partnership” benefits goes on and on, folks...

Heavenly Father, the “partnership” you have invited us Believers into is AMAZING! You do it ALL!!! Cause us each to marvel today as we consider the amazing “partnership” we have“with (Your) Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

AMEN!!!

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