Wednesday, May 07, 2014

May 7, 2014 … New Creature

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 127

Devotional Song: Go to this link …  Please go this video link to hear Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing the poignant song He’ll do Whatever It Takes, reminding all sinners that God will do whatever it takes, as the hound of Heaven, to see that broken sinners become part of the family of God. The question is whether we can look into his mirror of truth and see ourselves as members of His Family.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: 1st Corinthians 6: 11 [NKJV] …  
11 And such were some of you. BUT you were washed, BUT you were sanctified, BUT you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God..
Highlight Passage [Context] #1 – NKJV: 1st Corinthians 6: 9-11 [NKJV] … Go to this link 

Reference Passages #1: 2nd Corinthians 5: 17 [NKJV]
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Reference Passages #2: Galatians 2: 20 [NKJV]  
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 Reference Passages #3: 1st Timothy 1: 12-17 [NKJV] … Go to this link  … Paul’s thankful prayer that God was willing to save a sinner such as he counted himself.

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread reminded me of just how much the Apostle Paul, who reveled in the transformation God had made in his own life (see 1st Timothy 1: 12-17 linked above), wanted other lost or confused souls, like those in Corinth, to see how their receiving Christ’s saving grace would change their lives. Hence, in the highlight passage in 1st Cor. 6, he writes to Christians, reminding them of how their lives had been transformed from sinners to Saints in their relationship with Christ. And in 2nd Cor. 5: 17 (as well as Gal. 2: 20) Paul teaches of God’s transforming and sanctifying grace which the surrender to Christ’s Lordship brings about in the life of the Christian.

Don’t you just love the photo attached of the little kitten looking into the mirror and seeing himself as a lion? It’s a wonderful image of how we can (and should) see ourselves as we look into God’s mirror of truth (i.e., the Bible), which will show us whom we have become being crucified with Christ (again meditate on Galatians 2: 20).

Therefore, I will pray this morning that all who read here know of the transformation which has taken place in Christ as well as the completion of that sanctification which is found in our ongoing walk with the Lord (see Philippians 1: 6).

My Prayer for Today … Lord, may all who come here join me in our thanks for Your saving and sanctifying. … Amen

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