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A Day Without Grace

Repentance Grace Devotional Thoughts

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-07

Scripture: Mark 1:15 ; Ephesians 4:22

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Devotional Thought:

Every moment of the day, God's grace awaits us behind the door of repentance. Without repentance, it is impossible to access grace. To be saved by grace, we must repent (or turn) from faith in our own ability to be good enough to earn Heaven and receive God's gracious offer, instead. To receive the grace to forgive, we must repent of our bitterness and legalisms. To receive grace to love unconditionally, we must repent of our habit of treating others the way they treat us.

APPLICATION

Every turn to grace begins with a turn away from the way we would normally do something. This means that to go through a day without repentance is to go through a day without grace. That’s why the word “repent,” and the various calls to turn from our former life, appears so often in the pages of Scripture.

What we have to ask is how have we come to think that we can live a grace-filled-life without repentance?

"Repent and believe in the Gospel!" (Mark 1:15). 

"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires" (Ephesians 4:22). 

Give The Customer What They Want

Truth Blessings/Blessedness Repentance

Source: “How Does Your Gas Gauge Really Work? Why That First Half-Tank Seems To Last Forever” by Terry Shea for AOL Autos, posted Dec 14, 2010

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: 1 John 1:9

Author: Terry Shea / Illustration Exchange
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Terry Shea, writing for AOL Autos, attempts to explain the mystery of the inaccurate gas guage:

Have you ever noticed that your gas gauge stays on full for quite a while before the needle even moves and then it moves faster and faster as it approaches empty? And then when it gets to “E” it sort of stays there for a while until the low warning light comes on …?

It turns out it’s partially your fault that gas gauges work that way.

The engineers calibrate them to do that. Why? Because you, the customer, have told them that’s the way you like it. We spoke with Phil Pierron, an engineer at Ford (his title is actually “Technical Expert for Systems Engineering in Core Fuel Systems), who told us, “Our customers really didn’t want to run out of fuel when they hit ‘E.’ Customers do want some amount of fuel when they get to ‘E.’”

Apparently, consumer surveys indicate that people don’t like seeing the needle depart from “F” right away either ... . According to Pierron, “Customers want it to say on full for an amount of time.” This gives them the illusion that they are getting better fuel mileage or at least not immediately burning through that expensive tank of petrol they just bought, even if they quite literally are. …

And while customers want there to be a “reserve” of gasoline available when they reach the empty mark … they don’t want too much of a reserve. Otherwise, they will complain that their 20-gallon tank only takes 15 gallons when filling up from empty. Apparently, there is a sweet spot where customers are happy to be fooled by their gas gauges, but not too much. We customers sure are a fickle bunch.

The engineer’s job should be to make things more accurate and efficient, but in this case he has to play psychologist to keep customers happy.

APPLICATION

Most people have a complicated relationship with the truth.  They think they want the truth but bulk when it gets too uncomfortable. The problem is God's promised blessings are all predicated on our willingness to heed the truth. 

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:8-9). 

When It Comes To Repentance, Today Is Better Than Tomorrow

Repentance Quotes Repentance God's Judgment

Source: PRECIOUS PROMISES by Henry Jennings, Published by J. Lisbet & Co., 21, Berners Street. MDCCCLXV, p. 25

Contributed By: Kory Ferree | Date Posted: 2016-12-08

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:2

Author: Henry Jennings
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Henry Jennings wrote, “If God's today be too soon for thy repentance, thy tomorrow may be too late for His acceptance.”

APPLICATION

Although God's mercy is new every day, there is no promise it will be offered tomorrow. Salvation is only ever offered on one day and that's today! 

"For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2). 

The World's Ugliest Color Could Save Lives

Sin Repentance Temptation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-27

Scripture: Romans 5:12 ; Romans 6:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Book That Reads You

Bible Repentance Apologetics

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-06-17

Scripture: John :24 ; Isaiah 55:11

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Caught In The Crossfire

God's Judgment Repentance Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-29

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:10 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Leap Of Love

Romance Jesus' Love Repentance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-13

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Don't Be Satisfied With A Better Mug Shot

Hypocrisy Repentance Pride

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-03-04

Scripture: Matthew 6:5 ; Matthew 23:27

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Dehumanizing The Humanity Around Us

God's Image Abortion Repentance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-13

Scripture: Luke 10:29

Author: Russell Moore
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Floor Covering and Sin

Repentance Sanctification Worldliness

Contributed By: Jake Bec | Date Posted: 2016-01-08

Scripture: James 1:27 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Jake Bec
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