Unspeakable Joy Devotional

9th July

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Are you drowning? Have you ever felt that moment of panic in the water? Drowning victims are usually in a state of panic. I’ve heard that sometimes a drowning person thrashes so much trying to rescue him or her places the rescuer at risk of drowning as well. The best thing for a drowning person to do is be still so the rescuer can carry the victim to safety.

Hebrews 11:6 says “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Jesus came not to condemn us but to rescue us. He is your rescuer! And if God gave His own Son on our behalf, He is surely willing to graciously give us all things for our benefit. Romans 8:32 “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”

Is there a sin in your life that is overwhelming you? Is there a circumstance that keeps taking you under? What area(s) are you struggling and panicked about? What is it that causes anxiety and feeling of being overwhelmed?

When you feel the panic rising within you, stop the panic response and be still. Drop to your knees as a physical demonstration of trust in the Savior to rescue you and bring you to safety. Entrust yourself and your circumstance into your Shepherd’s hands, knowing that “whoever believes in Him will not perish.”

The good news is God’s saving grace. It reaches us when we’re drowning in the fact of sin, the consequences of sin and when we’re separated from a holy God. God the Savior dove in, sacrificed Himself on the cross in order to save us from drowning and being destroyed by the devastating consequences of sin. When you think about being saved by grace, think about a lifeguard saving a drowning person. Trust Jesus Christ as your personal sin bearer. Don’t worry about working for favor, because you can’t earn it. If you could earn it, you could swim to shore yourself. But because we can’t earn it and God provided it, you’ll have to let go and let Him do the saving. Give up trying to save yourself and relinquish yourself to Jesus Christ who becomes your Savior and brings you safely to shore. He gives you the gift of eternal life.

Psalm 59:16 “But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.”

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