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February 20, 2021 7:00 pm
In our moments of greatest failure, it can be easy to believe it’s too late for us, that we’ve lost our chance at a life of purpose and worth. That’s how Elias, a former inmate at a maximum-security prison in New York, described feeling as a prisoner. “I had broken . . . promises, the promise of my own future, the promise of what I could be.”
It was Bard College’s “Prison Initiative” college degree program that began to transform Elias’ life. While in the program, Elias participated in a debate team, which in 2015 debated a team from Harvard—and won. For Elias, being “part of the team . . . [was] a way of proving that these promises weren’t completely lost.”
A similar transformation happens in our hearts when we begin to understand that the good news of God’s love in Jesus is good news for us too. It’s not too late, we begin to realize with wonder. God still has a future for me.
And it’s a future that can neither be earned nor forfeited, dependent only on God’s extravagant grace and power (2 Peter 1:3). A future where we’re set free from the despair in the world and in our hearts into one filled with His “glory and goodness” (v. 3). A future secure in Christ’s unimaginable promises (v. 4)—of a future transformed into the “freedom and glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21).
Hi and welcome to another daily encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled unimaginable promises was written by Monica LaRose in our moments of greatest failure can be easy to believe it's too late for us that we lost our chance at a life of purpose and worth. That's how Elias, a former inmate in a maximum security prison in New York described feeling as a prisoner I had broken promises. The promise of my own future. The promise of what I could be. It was Bard College's prison initiative college degree program that began to transform Elias's life while in the program. He participated on a debate team, which in 2015 debated a team from Harvard and one for Elias being part of the team was a way of proving that these promises weren't completely lost.
A similar transformation happens in our hearts when we begin to understand that the good news of God's love in Jesus is good news for us to.
It's not too late. We begin to realize with wonder, God still has a future for me and it's a future that can neither be earned nor forfeited, dependent only on God's extravagant grace and power future where we are set free from the despair in the world and in our hearts into one filled with his glory and goodness. Future secure in Christ unimaginable promises and a future transformed into the kingdom and glory of the children of God. Today is Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from second Peter chapter 1 verses two through eight.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires for this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness, and goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control, and to self-control, perseverance, and to perseverance godliness and to godliness, mutual affection and mutual affection, love, for if you possess these qualities in increasing measure they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let's pray father in heaven.
Thank you for making something beautiful out of our broken lives and setting us on a new path and forgetting every follower of Christ. All the need for a godly life. Help us live with a new purpose and mission. As we follow you and shine your light before the world.
It's in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries