WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
“For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.”
Acts 2:27 ESV
DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE: LIFE
Before Columbus discovered America, the known ancient world believed Spain was the end of the world. Spanish coins had stamped upon them the outline of the Straits of Gibraltar. Underneath the outline was the Latin inscription “NE PLUS ULTRA” which means “no more beyond.” But when the great explorer returned from his voyage, new coins were issued which read, “PLUS ULTRA” which means “more beyond.”
In the account of King David’s life in Acts 2, David knew that even if he died running for his life that there was an afterlife. He also knew that, by the mercy of God, he would not be abandoned to hell. In Romans 8:1-2 the Bible teaches, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Because of what Jesus accomplished for us on the cross we can be set free from the penalty of our sin(hell) and the power of sin in our daily lives.
Most of us don’t take advantage of many of the liberties we have been given as Christians. Take some time today and read all of Romans 8. List of few of the benefits that we have as a result of being “in Christ.” Thank God for those benefits and ask Him to help you take advantage of any benefits you are not taking advantage of.