(from: Encouragement in the Wilderness)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…”  Ephesians 2:8 (NRSV)

Grace! What a marvelous word! It’s what we all need because “there is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10). Grace is the only hope we have since we “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” When we have been forgiven, God remembers our sins no more (Jeremiah 31:34). Then why do we remember them? If God doesn’t remember them, who is it that keeps bringing our sins back to haunt us? It is our enemy, Satan.

When Satan hounds us with the “if onlys” and “I should/shouldn’t haves,” grace is our refuge. None of us deserves to be saved, but God loves us so much that He gives us His unmerited favor and saves us anyway. When Satan tempts us to despair because of the bad things we have done and the good things we should have done, we must remember it’s by grace only that we are saved. Our salvation is a gift from God—a gift of His grace, no matter what our sins have been. When Jesus was nailed to the cross, our sins were nailed there with Him. Let’s not take them down and bind ourselves with them again.

PRAYER: O God, I’ve repented of my sins. Help me to accept Your grace and forgiveness and to resist Satan when he tries to bring those sins back on me.

Related verses: Romans 3:23-26; Ephesians 2:4-8

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