Great Plains Daily Devotional for 7/20/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Milford UMC
Blue River District
Northeast UCC, Lincoln
Blue River District
Cheney, NE UMC
Palmyra UMC
Blue River District
Raymond UMC
Blue River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 4:18

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
        to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
        to let the oppressed go free,

Today's Devotional

Have you ever thought about what life would be like if Jesus had not gone through with God’s plan and died for every one of us? We know what the world is like now, but truly ponder what your life would be like if Jesus did not pay the price for salvation.
 
Luke 4:18 reminds us of what Jesus came to do in his earthly ministry. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.”
 
Jesus’s life was an example for us, the world, of how captive we are to sin, despair and fear in our pursuits to living our purpose on earth. Jesus came to break the holds of sin that imprisons our lives. Without the act of love of dying on the cross for mankind that would reject him, we would not be able to see the true freedom and good news that is offered each day of our lives in Christ Jesus. The good news that keeps us motivated today is the reminder is not that we are alive, but that Christ lives in us and gives us power over sin.
 
Keith Getty and Stuart Townend wrote a familiar Christian hymn that echoes this sentiment and should remind us daily of the power that is in us. “No guilt in life, no fear in death. This is the power of Christ in me. From life's first cry to final breath. Jesus commands my destiny. No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand. Till He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I'll stand.”
 
-John Finch
Micah Corps intern
johnfinch@unomaha.edu
 

 

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