Daily Devotionals

March 1st, 2023

Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭8‬-‭9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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

Why is faith instrumental in our ability to believe God’s truth?

The Greek word for faith in this verse, “pistis”, provides some insight:

“Faith (pistis) cannot be limited to mental assent or to believing certain ideas. The Greek noun can mean “faith,” “faithfulness,” “reliability,” “promise,” “pledge,” “proof,” “trust,” and “confidence.” In addition, it can be used of the act of believing, the content of what is believed, or as a word that encapsulates all the gospel stands for—in essence, “the faith religion” (cf. Gal. 3:23; Eph. 4:5). The verb pisteuo can mean “trust,” “give credence to,” “be convinced that,” “entrust,” and “have confidence.” Primarily, this word group treats that on which one may rely or the act of relying on something believed reliable. Both sides of the coin are present—relying on something or someone believed reliable. As always, context—not a catalogue of possibilities—determines meaning.” NIV Application Commentary, Snodgrass

The author goes on to say that people who believe aren’t just agreeing that the Word is true, but they are bound to God and live in response to Him.  

I have to ask, “Is this true in my life?”

Today, let’s do a personal inventory and ask an important question: Are we living what we believe?


“God, thank You for Your truth for the truth of Your word.  I thank You that You did not leave me as you found me, but that You lovingly revealed Yourself to me.  Thank You for Your plans for my life.  I pray that, by Your Spirit, You would help me to become even closer to You as we walk together.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”