God's Holy Fire: 'Equal Access'

Sunday, March 17, 2024

[Jesus] brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.
— Ephesians 2:17-18 NLT

Key Thought

Assured grace means equal access! Because of Jesus' sacrifice and because of the work of the Holy Spirit, we are all welcomed at the throne of grace regardless of gender, social standing, financial status, race, nationality, political affiliation, or any other differences. This equal access brings a kind of peace that wars can't accomplish and diplomacy can't achieve. This status is a peace brought to us because Jesus paid the price for the peace and sent the Spirit to give us the assurance that we are loved and heard by the almighty God.

Today's Prayer

O God, you are incomparable! No one can stand before you in arrogance. I recognize that I can come before you only because of your desire to cleanse me at great cost to you and to give me the gift of the Holy Spirit to bring true peace. I ask for the peace that passes all understanding, and I also ask that you lead and guide me in the way I should go. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Illustration of Ephesians 2:17-18 NLT —  Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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