I’m back! It feels like I’ve been gone forever, but I think it’s been five weeks. During this time, I’ve come awfully close to finishing the Bible study, and I will have details on that one soon!
This time away has helped me to get my ducks in order and make a much-needed decision. After doing daily devotions, Bible studies, 2 podcasts, marriage prayers, and running social media accounts, I realized I don’t have enough hours in a day to do it all. And so, I’ve decided that I’ll be cutting back to 3 devotions/week instead of the 5 I’ve been doing.
I hope your summer is going well. Mine has been amazing, as I’m enjoying the summer weather. It’s been so beautiful out here and I have only seen one mosquito so far, so I’m a happy girl!
Today’s Devotional – Our God Cannot Lie
If you’ve ever read the story of Esther you might wonder why the king didn’t just change his mind and annul his decree when he found out what Haman had done and how Esther’s people were in danger of losing their lives.
Here’s the thing: he couldn’t reverse what had been already written, but he could issue a second decree which allowed the Jews to fight back and protect themselves.
Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse. (Esther 8:8, KJV)
And, if you read the story of Daniel, you might have wondered why King Darius sent him into the lion’s den only to grieve afterward. When the king realized the plan that was set in motion, and how it directly affected Daniel, he was greatly distressed. In fact, we’re told that he worked until sundown to save him.
So why not annul the decree and just write a new one? Because the law of the Medes and Persians strictly forbid it.
The law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed. (Daniel 6:15b, KJV)
In much the same way that the king’s decree could not be reversed, God cannot lie.
Matthew 5:17 tells us, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
The Old Testament, the Levitical law, proved everyone guilty of sin, but most importantly it pointed to the atonement of sin. It pointed to the sobering fact that the wages of sin is death. Jesus came to fulfill that law. Which means that he came to complete it by paying the price for our sin. And with that completion He issued a new decree–a hope of salvation to all who believe. One written in stone, the other on the tables of our heart.
Paul said it so well when he wrote to the church at Corinth,
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. (2 Corinthians 3:3, KJV)
And so, we too have a royal decree, an unbreakable promise, a steadfast assurance of the hope set before us. And there’s nothing on earth that can take that away.
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But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33, KJV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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