Today we pray for the Nation of Mozambique and Meditate on the Second Devotion from 1 John 4:7-21

Today we are praying for the country of Mozambique.  Please help us  lift up this nation to the Lord today.  You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups.  You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.  

Please take time to meditate on the devotion for today as well.  

Please pray for the nation of Mozambique by joining in prayer with the video below.

Today's Devotional Thought

We saw yesterday that God defines love for us.  The second thing we see from John’s text is that God displays love.  He not only defines love, but He displays love.  In verses 9-10 we read, “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  How does God display love for us?  

First, by sending His son into the world so that we might live through Him.  Without Christ, we die in Adam.  With the Son, we live!  

Look up Romans 6:3-11.

We read in Deuteronomy 4:41-42, “Then Moses set apart three cities across the Jordan to the east, 42 that a manslayer might flee there, who unintentionally slew his neighbor without having enmity toward him in time past; and by fleeing to one of these cities he might live.”  If a man has committed a murder that was not premeditated…that was accidental, or incidental…his only hope was to quickly retreat to one of these cities.  If they could get to one of these three cities east of the Jordan, they would be safe from judgement.  We have broken the law and the wrath of God is coming for us.  Our only hope is to run to Christ.  Flee to Christ so that you might live!  Noah’s Ark was built to save men from the just wrath and righteous judgment of God, if only they would enter in.  Christ is like that ark for us today.  Run to the ark before the door is closed. 

How does God display love for us?  By sending His Son into the world so that we might live through Him, but also by sending His son into the world so that He might be the propitiation for our sins.  

Look up John 3:1-16 and Numbers 21:4-9.

The bronze serpent of Numbers 21 foreshadows the salvation that can be found by those who look to the crucified Christ.  As He is lifted up, He draws all men to Himself and they are saved.  He came to pay our sin debt in full.  Look to Christ.  He is the propitiation for our sins.  Hebrews 2:17 says, "Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”  What clearer way could God have displayed His love for us than by sending His Son to live, die, and rise again for us so that we may live and have our sin debt paid in full.

We will finish up this portion of study tomorrow.  Stay tuned...

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