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Divine Imperatives September 23 Devotional

by David Joynt on September 23, 2023

MATTHEW 5:3 | Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

JOHN 3:3 | Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”

This week reinforces that Jesus’ commands call for the impossible—unless we act with His power and help. When provoked we get angry, when manipulated, resentful, when exploited, aggrieved. These examples drive us back to the need beatitude—we are blessed when we recognize we cannot be like God without His help. The new people whom God wants occupy a new community, representing a new kingdom that exists within a fallen and selfish world. The grace we know in Jesus is the reality of this kingdom—we receive from Him what we don’t deserve. By showing and giving others what they don’t deserve we allow this kingdom grace to rule in us.


Give someone something today they do not deserve.



Gracious God,

I want to be a new person in Your new community. Grant me chances to share what I’ve been given: undeserved grace.



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