A Brand New Creation

We are not children of God until we actually receive Christ’s saving work in our life (John 1:12). Regeneration is the lovely word, which describes what happens to us.

Jesus plugs us into His power supply and charges our battery. What we were blind to before we received His to salvation is now more than obvious to us (John 3:3).

He makes us a new creature and everything about us changes for the better (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to God instead (John 16:8).

Through regeneration, we turn from unrighteous decisions and live and walk in God’s truth and righteousness (Roman 6:1-2, 15; 2 Corinthians 7:10). Everything we think, say and do is motivated from our desire to bring glory to God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Living in continual sin proves that we do not know God’s Truth and that He does not live in us (1 John 2:4-6; Romans 3:23). However, Salvation is just a prayer away (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9).

It is a free gift from God, which we cannot earn for our self, but was earned for us by Christ’s willing suffering of the horrendous death on the cross (1 Peter 2:24).

God plainly sees all that we do in secret. He rewards our righteous deeds and disciplines us for our transgressions; because He loves us and does not want us to reap the degradation of sin any longer.

His desire is for us to walk in step with His Spirit every moment of our day. He has a perfect plan, which will unfold for us as we patiently obey His Word (Ephesians 2:10).

Prayer:
Father God, You intended for us to enjoy Paradise from the beginning of time. When sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, we lost the benefits of living in Your presence. Bereft, we comb the earth looking for the fulfillment, which only You can supply.

Once we come to Christ, You restore our link to You and You will also restore to us the blessings of Paradise in eternity. In the meantime, You bless us with Your presence, make all things new and lead us by Your Spirit as You give us the desire and the power to walk in Your Salvation and Sanctification (Philippians 2:12-13).

Thought for the Day:
Once God convicts us of our sin, our lost condition and our need for a Savior, we accept His free gift of restoration through Christ’s grace and by faith in His faithfulness.

Free Indeed

As a child of God, we can dwell in His presence, through our connection with the sacrifice of His Son. We can also fellowship with Him and hear His voice (Revelation 3:20). We have access to the Most Holy Place any time day or night (Hebrews 4:16), and we can stand against Satan’s wiles regardless of the circumstance in which we find our self (Psalm 139:8).

Circumstances from our past frequently disturb our daily life now. We have dreams, nightmares, fleeting memories or an ache in our soul, which we cannot explain. We fear facing these distant experiences and we do not realize that they will continue to haunt us until we uncover Satan’s lie in the midst of them, and hear God’s truth about them.

These memories continue to effect every moment of our life, even if we refuse to consciously think about them. They fuel our current emotions and cause us to over-react to a minor incident. We can unburden our soul of these negative emotions by allowing God to search our heart, to reveal to us our anxious thoughts, and to free us from Satan’s bondage over our past (Psalm 139:23-24).

God’s truth is our lamp and light and it searches our mind and emotions (Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 20:27). God’s Spirit leads us into all truth (John 16:13). If we are open to facing the lies Satan planted in our past, and are willing to take the time to listen to God’s truth about those experiences, He shall set us free indeed (John 8:36).
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Prayer:
Father God, help us to sit quietly before You and to receive Your healing from the lies Satan planted in our past. Speak to us by Your Spirit to set us free from his bondage in our soul. We thank You for wanting us to walk in Your truth and for making this a possibility in our life. Heal us from the buried secrets of our past, which affect every moment of our life until we allow You to shed Your light on them, to share Your truth to us about them and to set us free.

Thought for the Day:
The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in every Believer and wants to set us free to serve and worship God in spirit and in truth. – Romans 8:11; John 4:24

Living in God’s Glory

Jesus is our everlasting light and life (John 6:47; Isaiah 60:19). He takes the place of the sun, moon and stars in our life; and we will never dwell in darkness again (Isaiah 60:20). Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee manifested His glory and caused His disciples to truly believe in Him (John 2:11).

The Apostles all wrote about the possibility of us also enjoying the intimate, personal union with Jesus Christ, which they did. Anyone who receives Christ and believes on His name has the right to become a child of God (John 1:12; Acts 16:31). All we have to do to enter into this new life is to confess that Jesus is Lord and totally believe that God raised Him from the dead, so that we will be saved.

When our heart believes in Jesus, He gives us His righteousness; when we confess Him as our Lord, we enter into His eternal salvation (Romans 10:9-10). Anyone who does not have the Spirit in them is not Born Again, and they do not belong to God. However, if Christ is in us, His Spirit, who raised Christ from the dead, gives life to our mortal body as well as our soul and spirit (Romans 8:9-11).

As vessels of God’s fullness, we walk by His Spirit and accomplish His works in the earth (Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 2:10). God’s children do not live by the flesh, because God’s Spirit abides in them. Our carnal desires are dead, so that we can rise up through the glory of our Father and walk in this new life in Him (Romans 6:3-5). God freely gives us all things, both to enjoy and to help us to do His will (1 Tim 6:17; Philippians 2:12-13).

Prayer:
Father God, Satan is the god of this world and creation is subjected to him and the curse of sin. Therefore, all creation groans for the appearance of Your children. Creation is waiting for You to restore Your order to the heavens and earth, and to bring us all into Your glory and freedom (Romans 8:19-22). Christ in us is our hope of entering into Your glory forever (Colossians 1:27). Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Rev 22:20).

Thought for the Day:
We receive the glory of the Lord through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by faith in Him to justify us, not by our human efforts, but by our faith in Him. – Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9