Feature photo from Greene County, Indiana, Courtesy of Nick Schneider, a faith-based social media blogger and photographer. “Morning Greetings” on the Times is a column featuring his recent and past devotionals and inspirational photos. Follow Nick Schneider on Facebook where he posts his newest devotionals early in the day.

Greetings on July 16


This morning I am reminded of God's love for each of us. The love is beyond any human description or real comprehension. 

God's love comes without any strings attached.

We are all disciples of Christ. No theology degree is needed to fill that important role. We only need to be willing to follow God's Word.

God’s Word is the mirror to our soul, and as we look into it with humble hearts, God will reveal places of error and fault. Just as a person looks at himself in the mirror and doesn’t present himself publicly until all the blemishes are covered and everything is just as it should be, so too are we to present ourselves spiritually. 

Romans 12:1 says that we need to present our bodies as living and holy sacrifices unto God. 

We cannot do this unless we look into the mirror of God's Word so that we know where we need to change. Identifying where we need to change is no more complicated than being in God’s Word and humbly yielding to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

Change is as simple as confessing our sin, repenting of it, and by faith walking in the Spirit in obedience. Satan battles us and tries to tempt us and destroy our faith. He taunts us, talks down to us and belittles us at every opportunity.

For those who ignore what they see in the mirror, Satan already has won his victory. Yet, Christ in us is able to strengthen us to stand against the wiles and plots of the devil. Our willpower alone won’t enable us to resist temptation. We need the grace of God and the faith to believe. 

There is no doubting that Christ provides our sufficiency. Our ability to be sustained in holiness and obedience is dependent upon our faith in Christ’s power, grace, and faithfulness. May God give us grace to believe the truth of Scripture and the strength to walk in it.

Be blessed.