The Quest – Day 2

The Quest – 40 Days of Discovery – Day 2

This is the devotional for Wednesday, September 27, 2006, which is the 2nd day of The Quest, our 40 Days of Discovery. Our devotional today offers a summary of the material in Chapter 2 of Frank Moore’s book, The Power to Be Free.

If you were unable to attend Sunday’s Kickoff service for the Quest, we’d love you have you participate via our Faith Nazarene Church podcast.

Day 2 – X – You are Here

You must be a follower of Jesus Christ to make the quest.

“These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31, NIV)

Last week I went to a mall I had never been to before. Assignment one: get my bearings. Consequently, I immediately began to look for a lighted, color-coded map of the entire property. As soon as I found the map, I looked for a red X with the words, “You are here.” Once oriented by the red X, I knew exactly how to proceed.

That illustrates the purpose of this devotional—to orient you to an entry point for your quest. You see, in order to make the discoveries this adventure points you toward, you must, as the printed verse at the beginning of this devotional says, “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.” Only then can you have eternal life in His name. Only then can you proceed with your quest.

  1. Becoming a Christian begins with repentance. Matthew 4:17 tells us, “From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.’”
    1. Admit to yourself and God that you have done wrong in God’s sight
    2. Be truly sorry that you disobeyed God and broke His heart (not just sorry you got caught).
    3. Confess your sins to God. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, NIV)
    4. Do an about-face like a Marine or soldier in military exercises. Turn your back on your sinful ways and quit them
  2. Becoming a Christian requires simply trusting God for saving faith. “The righteous will live by faith.” (Rom 1:17)
    1. Throw away your confidence in trying to please God by any means other than simply trusting Christ
    2. Commit yourself voluntarily to the Christ portrayed in the New Testament
    3. Embrace Christ as God’s plan for your life and the only hope of your salvation.
  3. Becoming a Christian requires that God declares you “Pardoned.”
    1. You are justified in God’s sight when you trust in Christ as your personal Savior.
    2. Justification is both an act of God and a state in which you live as you continue to trust Christ on a daily basis
    3. God destroys your sinful record.
    4. God justifies you in a moment.
    5. God both forgives and forgets your sins.
  4. Becoming a Christian gives you new birth or regeneration.
    1. New birth happens the moment you repent and have faith in Christ
    2. New birth makes you a new creature. Paul describes believers as “a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor. 5:17)
    3. New birth restores your relationship with God
    4. New birth is a miraculous gift from God
    5. New birth makes you a child of God as He adopts you into His family.
  5. Becoming a Christian brings God’s affirming voice that you are now His. Paul writes, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Rom 8:16)
    1. God’s voice assures you that your sins are forgiven.
    2. God prompts other believers to tell you that they see a difference in your life.
    3. God’s voice is a guarantee that He is serious about taking you to heaven when you die.

If you are not a believer, bow your head, confess your sins to God, and ask Christ Jesus into your heart as your Savior. Once you join the family of God, you will be ready to move on with this quest of discovery.

Join us during these 40 days and memorize one Scripture verse each week. This week’s memory verse is: Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. (NIV)