Saturday, October 31, 2015

October 31, 2015:  Make Over In Christ

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 303  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Queen Latifah singing a song from the movie “Joyful Noise” … Fix Me Jesus, … with a prayer for Jesus to make us over into His image to prepare us for His glory.

Highlight Passage:   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. 
…  Brand new!!!
Highlight Context – 2nd Corinthians 5: 14-21 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… In Christ we are being made over into HIS image.

Reference Passage #1 - Romans 12: 1-2 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… Make over into a living sacrifice, proving that we are new in Christ.

Reference Passage #2 - Philippians 1: 6 [NKJV] … 
6 … being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; … 
… God’s Spirit … making us over into the image of our Savior.

Reference Passage #3 - Colossians 3: 12-13 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… The character of the new man (or woman) … in Christ.

Reference Passage #4 - 1st Peter 1: 13-16 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… Peter exhorting the church to be holy as they were recreated in the image of THE HOLY One, … Jesus, their Messiah.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Dave Branon, uses a personal illustration to teach about becoming who we are in Christ. He writes, It was time to fix the trim on the windows of our house. So I scraped, sanded, and applied wood filler to get the aging trim ready for paint. After all of my efforts—including a coat of primer and some too-expensive paint—the trim looks, well, pretty good. But it doesn’t look new. The only way to make the trim look new would be to replace the old wood. … It’s okay to have weather-damaged window trim that looks “pretty good” to our eye. But when it comes to our sin-damaged hearts, it’s not enough to try to fix things up. From God’s point of view, we need all things to become new ( see 2nd Cor. 5:17). 

How often do we, as born-again Christians, try to put on a mask of self-control or to put on some paint to cover over some really rotten wood on the inside? Too often, I would guess!

When we become a Christian (I mean FOR REAL!), we are what Paul wrote about to the Christians in Corinth (again, see the highlight passage above). We are new, leaving the old behind; and God’s Spirit desires to make us over into the image of Christlikeness (see Phil. 1:6). He desires, as Peter wrote in 1st Peter 1:13-16, linked above, to live on the inside as well as the outside, … as Christ called us to live … in holiness.

 Now, it’s true that the Heavenly Father sees all born-again Christians in the image of His Son, Who paid the price of our make-over on the cross. But we still must live as Paul exhorted the Church [see Romans 12: 1-2 and Colossians 3:12-13]; and we must pray as Queen Latifah so poignantly sings, for Jesus to fix us and make us over in His image day by day. … Not just a paint job on the outside; but on the inside too.

My Prayer Today:  Oh, my Lord, Jesus! … Fix me, Jesus, … fix me! … Amen  

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