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A SPIRITUAL BRIDGE - CAC The Living Water - Thurs 2 August 2018

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2 years 3 months ago #6917 by gospelnaija
CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

THURSDAY AUGUST 2, 2018

TOPIC: A SPIRITUAL BRIDGE

Read Colossians 2:6-15

MEMORISE

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily

(Colossians 2:9).

EXPOSITION
The Guinness World Record for the longest bridge in the world is the Danyang - Kushan Grand Bridge in China. Opened in 2011, it extends 102 miles over rice paddies and rivers. One section runs 5.6 miles over a lake! Sections of land once divided by water are now joined together.
Humanity needs a spiritual bridge to span the gap between God and us. Because of sin, our relationships with our Creator have broken. No amount of human wisdom or secular self - help can fix the problem (Col.2:8). Only the bridge of Jesus Christ can effectively restore our relationships with God. Through Him, God has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross (Col.2:13-14).
Jesus alone is able to bring such forgiveness and life. Because Jesus is both God and man (v9), He is the connecting bridge between God and humanity. In Him, what had been separated by sin is joined together. We are not required to undergo the physical act of circumcision in order to be God's children. Instead, we have the circumcision of the heart that allows us to desire the Lord rather than being inclined only toward sin (Deut. 30:6). Instead of circumcision, the practice of baptism publicly identifies us as Christ's own (Col. 2:12). Through our identities with the God- man, Jesus, we have been brought to fullness (v9). Because of that reality, we are called to walk in Him (v6).
Some people strive toward God by their own efforts, and others refuse to believe, He is ever accessible. As you go out today, share the joyful news of freedom in Christ. He makes it possible for us to know God, and He frees us from the bondage of sin and guilt. Give thanks that He has bridged the gap between humanity and God, and avail yourself the provisions in Him!

PRAYER POINTS
1. Thank God for Jesus' coming to sacrificially, painstakingly and ultimately bridge the gap between Him and humanity.
2. Lord, let every power working against the gospel of Christ be paralysed in every nation and culture.
3. Lord, strengthen the heart of every Christian missionary in danger - prone zones to relentlessly show men and women, Jesus, the bridge to God.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Job 30-31 & 2 Peter 1

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