Daily Devotions for Thursday: by Christina Farris
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 KJV
(17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(18) And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
(19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
(20) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
(21) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
The ability to change is in the heart of all of us. I often think of attitudes when it comes to change. In order to make a change we have to decide what we are doing or is, is not good enough or acceptable. Is it not acceptable to you, to God, to others, or your pet. If you have a cat you know it is not good to grab it by its tail, especially if you do not want to be clawed. The solution is do not pull the cat’s tail it not good for the cat or you. Is it acceptable to drink to get drunk, depends on who you are hanging out with. However is it acceptable to God? Is the joint you just lit acceptable to man or God, or what about the law? As pot becomes legal in some states, man still has to wrestle with is it really good for a person, even for medical use? What about that bad attitude that great with your friends but not the store keeper in the neighborhood. Might make you look cool in the eyes of your friends for half a second, but to the world it still needs adjustment.
There many things one can change in one’s life, yet there many things one might not be able too. Yet there is nothing a person can control if God is in charge. For example Nebuchadnezzar went insane for a short time and became like an animal, Pharaoh heart was harden, a mule talked to Balaam, Balaam still had to prophesy what God told him to, despite is desire to do something else. Yet in general God does not demonstrate this type of control on a person life or not one can see anyway. Yet the guilt of sin is placed on the heart for conviction. That guilt that comes when one makes a mistake, either because it is not socially acceptable by you or anyone else. Yet sin against God has always had consequences. Cain found out, that not listening to God cost him his relationship with God. One might ask why know God? God has our best interest at hand. No one ever talks about how angry and hurt Adam and Eve probably were over Cain’s action of murdering his brother? Did they even know that Cain murdered Abel or did Cain run so far away that they never seen hid or hair of him again. No one knows, but God. Yet the question remains, of unacceptable activity by Cain, who was warned of God not to do what he was thinking.
God’s warning of sin is good to those who will listen to God, who will allow the conviction to take hold for change. Balaam who was false prophet got to see the power of God and yet that did not make him want to change. When we choose not only to believe God or deny God is right, then the next step is salvation to not only accept God’s correction, but to realize one has transgressed against God, by not always living as God would want one to live. With repentance comes the ability to change. Repentance means to turn away from sin. God desires to help us change. To change our attitude and our way of thinking. Through faith we become a new person, holy and acceptable to God. Faith being first of all belief and then action. Yet Abraham’s action of obedience made him a friend of God not because of his actions because he choose to believe first. He believed and left his homeland to find the promise land.
Change comes with belief, and then following. Yet God declares us upon confession of faith in Jesus that we are a new creature in Christ Jesus, and that old way is gone. That bad attitude, that sin, is gone. It does not make one perfect. In the human since, but in the spiritual since. Upon belief one’s sin can cause your destination to hell. With faith in Jesus one is marked as one of God’s. children. One is no longer a child of the world. A child living to the world, but living for God. God wants us to not be reconciled to Him, but to help him reconcil other’s to him.
God through Christ has come to claim what is rightfully His property, yet He given His property a choice to choose Him or reject Him. Without God we are just the same old person, with attitude one needs not God. Yet one is wrong about what one needs. One needs the one that can destroy and preserve life. One needs the one that cares enough to warn a person of a mistake. Cain lost everything, yet he gained the world, only for his earthly life time. God’s children marked by faith will inherit the kingdom of God on this earth and in heaven. Belief alone is enough to be saved, but action finishes out the salvation. It guarantees that hope.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for making us a new creation through Christ Jesus, giving us the ability to walk by faith and not by sight. To obey you through your correction and warnings. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: Jeremiah 6:10 KJV
(10) To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.
Daily God’s Promises: Colossians 1:27-29 KJV
(27) To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
(28) Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
(29) Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.