Our Daily Bread 27th June 2018 Devotional

Topic: Unlocked

Read: Colossians 1:13–23  Bible in a Year: Job 8–10; Acts 8:26–40

Key Verse: Once you were alienated from God . . . . But now he has reconciled you. Colossians 1:21–22

Message: A boy born with cerebral palsy was unable to speak or communicate. But his mother, Chantal Bryan, never gave up, and when he was ten years old she figured out how to communicate with him through his eyes and a letter board. After this breakthrough, she said, “He was unlocked and we could ask him anything.” Now Jonathan reads and writes, including poetry, by communicating through his eyes. When asked what it’s like to “talk” with his family and friends, he said, “It is wonderful to tell them I love them.”

Our Daily Bread 27th June 2018 Devotional – Unlocked

Jonathan’s story is profoundly moving and leads me to consider how God unlocks us from the prison of sin. As the apostle Paul wrote to the Christians at Colossae, once we were “alienated from God” (Colossians 1:21), our evil behavior making us His enemy, but through Christ’s death on the cross we are now presented to God as “holy in his sight” (v. 22). We may now “live a life worthy of the Lord” as we bear fruit, grow in the knowledge of God, and are strengthened in His power (vv. 10–11).

Our Daily Bread 27th June 2018 Devotional – Unlocked

We can use our unlocked voices to praise God and share His good news that we are no longer bound to a life of sin. As we continue in our faith, we can hold firm to our hope in Christ.

Prayer: Lord God, You have released us from our chains of unbelief and given us words to praise You. May we share this freedom with others for Your glory.

The Lord unlocks us from our prison of sin.

Our Daily Bread 27th June 2018 Devotional was written  Amy Boucher Pye (Our Daily Bread Ministries)

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