March 27

Written by Bill Grandi on March 27th, 2018

How fitting for this devotion to fall on the week leading up to the Resurrection celebration. This is sort of a combo deal today: “here’s the cross” and “here’s what the cross promises.”

Tripp starts off with this:

Get up and face life with courage, because as God’s child, I have not been left to the limits of my own strength and wisdom.

Living life in my own strength and by my own strength is an effort in futility. That’s why Gal.2:20 is so important. Theological truth + practical truth = solid impact. Tripp breaks down Gal.2:20 into three statements, each one impactful and can stand on its own. But together? WOW!

1. His death was just as effective for me as if I had died myself. Because He died as my representative, his death satisfied God’s anger against me, so that I face it no more.

2. I died with Christ so he could live within me now. The power that now animates, motivates, and propels my spiritual life is not me, but Christ.

3. I place my faith in the fact of his death for me and his life within me, and I live on that basis. I live with peace, hope and courage. He is with me, he is in me, and he is for me.

So much there!

Theological truth = Jesus died for me, as my representative.
Practical truth= the power which is in me is Jesus.
Impactful truth= I live with peace, hope and courage.

“Father, I’m overwhelmed! I’m blown away by the simplicity and the power of the cross; your death for me; the change which comes because of your presence in my life.”

 

4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Crystal says:

    This morning’s NMM devotional reminders are so powerful! Totally needed it. I don’t think there is anything in this world that could give more hope, courage and strength to me, as a Christ-follower than the truths wrapped up in that one verse!(Galatians 2:20)….wish I could always keep it center focus in my life – seems I so quickly get “derailed”…

  2. This sums up what it means to be a Christian in a nutshell, Bill. Beautiful!
    Blessings!