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Believe It, Live It
Theme of the Week: Sin: What We Can't and Can Do About It
Friday, January 31, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: The Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17, NASB)

Dig Deeper: Hebrews 8:1-10:22

There may be some people who tell you that you can't go too far with this grace idea—but remember that grace isn't just a doctrinal viewpoint. Grace is a Person named Jesus Christ.

What does [today's Key Bible Verse] tell you? Who did the Law (religious rules) come through? It came through Moses, the man who delivered the Old Covenant to the people of Israel. Which covenant did Jesus bring? The New Covenant! Which of these covenants is the one you are to live under? The new, of course.

You do not live under a system of religious rules. You live in the covenant of grace. You may have concerns that your behavior will go astray, but the Spirit of Jesus Christ within you will regulate your behavior. That's his role. Yours is simply to trust.

It isn't by your effort that you gain the victory that causes you to triumph. Jesus Christ has already accomplished it for you. All you need to do is simply believe and live out the truth in your daily life—that through him you have been emancipated from the penalty and power of sin. You have been set free!

—Steve McVey in The Grace Walk Devotional

My Response: To better understand the difference between the Old Covenant and the New, I will read and reflect on today's Dig Deeper.

Thought to Apply: Law tells me how crooked I am; grace comes along and straightens me out.—D. L. Moody (evangelist)

Adapted from—The Grace Walk Devotional by Steve McVey (Harvest House, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, may I remember that I can't rid myself of sin by my own effort and that Christ died and rose again to free me from the power of sin and death.

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