Today’s Bible reading is Titus chapter 3
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
The Gospel changes lives. When God saves, it is not because of any good that we have done, but it’s because of the goodness and mercy of God. When God saves, He forgives our sins and they are washed away. We are given a new birth. Why do we need a second birth? Because our first birth messed us up. The new birth is a spiritual birth. It is a work of God’s grace and a work of God’s Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the evidence of our salvation. The fact that the Holy Spirit lives in us is an affirmation that we belong to God. Through the Spirit we become new creatures in Christ Jesus. The Spirit bears witness with our Spirit that we are the children of God. He gives us assurance of our inheritance, and He transforms our lives. Because of the Spirit’s Presence in our lives, we will never be the same again.
Prayer: “Dear God, thank You for Your great kindness and love in providing forgiveness of our sins, thank You for generously pouring out Your Spirit in our lives. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron