All Things Are New

Every person ever born inherits a sin nature from the first Adam, which results in our fall from God’s grace (1 Corinthians 15:45). That is why God gives us both the desire and the power to walk in His salvation (Philippians 2:12-13). He purifies us in order to present us holy, blameless and beyond criticism. Holiness unites us with the Trinity of God (John 17:21).

Holiness does not involve legalism, stoicism or an angry God. There is nothing we could ever do, which is too hard for God to forgive. He knew we were going to commit sins before He ever created the world (2 Timothy 1:9). He sent Jesus to pay the debt for each sin we commit, as well as those things, which He led us to do and we failed to obey (John 1:29).

When we come to Christ in repentance, Jesus makes us a brand new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). He moves in and gradually removes every area, which stands in opposition to God. Then He remodels and restores us from the inside out (Romans 2:4, 12:1-2; Acts 11:18). God changes our will and our intentions. He is purifying for Himself a people who are passionate about obeying Him (2 Corinthians 5:15).

God helps us to stand firmly on the Rock of Christ, to remain steadfast in our devotion to Him and to cling to the hope He gives us through the Gospel of Christ (Psalm 18:2; Colossians 1:22-23). The entire Godhead is found in Jesus, and He and His divine nature abide in each of us (Colossians 2:9; 2 Peter 1: 2-4). I heard it said, “God cares about every aspect of our life, from the nursery to the nursing home.”

Prayer:
Father God, by Your Holy Spirit and with Christ in us, we contain the fullness of Your power, authority, fruit and gifts (Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:19). You call us to be light and salt in the earth so that people will see You in us (Matthew 5:13-16; Colossians 1:27). Remind us to cooperate with Your Spirit as He transforms us into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). Thank You for loving us enough to send Jesus to die in our place (Romans 4:25).

Thought for the Day:
God has good plans for our future; and He always gives us hope, regardless of our circumstances in life. – Jeremiah 29:11

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Thy Word is Truth

The Bible is the most unique book ever written. It was penned over a period of about 2,000 years by 40 different authors from three continents, who wrote in three different languages, over centuries of time on very detailed, historic and controversial topics. Yet, there is not one contradictory statement in any of the 66 books of the Bible.

 

Although there appears to be a few discrepancies to the unbelieving skeptic, time and studies of Bible customs and manners proved there are no inconsistencies after all. Jesus Himself fulfilled 300 Messianic prophecies with His birth, life and death. There is no way to nullify the claim that the Bible is truly the Word of God.

 

Therefore, it is in our best interest to read, study and meditate on the words of the Bible every day. You may do topical studies, read chapters or verses, do a chronological study or read through the Bible on a yearly plan:  http://www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans/ The important point is to read these life-giving words.

 

The Word of God is alive. It is effective in purifying our life in holiness. It is sharp enough to divide our flesh from our spirit. It helps us to compare our thoughts and the motives of our heart with the will of God (Hebrews 4:12). This makes the Bible a unique book, which can change our life for the better.

 

The authors of the Bible were common men who struggled in life just like us. They took time to record their issues, frustrations and victories along with the words God gave them to write about the law, history, wisdom, prophetic revelation and even poetry. Most of them never knew one another; and yet, since God is the author of the Bible, there is a seamless reliability in their writings.

 

Prayer:

Father God, when we read Your Holy Word, we see accounts of people who sinned, rebelled and made decisions from their human pride. Yet, You called them men after Your own heart and You consider them as heroes of the faith (Acts 13:22; Hebrews 11). Thank You for expanding your mercy to include all of us who do not deserve Your love and grace. Thank You for giving us Your Word to sustain us on this earth until You return.

 

Thought for the Day:

God gave us a perfect world in Paradise, but we rejected His authority and Truth and sought to believe Satan’s lie and to call it our own truth. – 2 Timothy 4:4