Monday – Ephesians 4:23–24 Many Americans today would label themselves as “pro-choice”. What they are really saying is that they support a woman’s right to kill her unborn, innocent child, if they choose to. However, they do not support choice for the unborn child. They purposefully believe that life does not begin at conception, if it means that unborn life would negatively impact their own. Aren’t you glad God did not do that with us? We are not innocent, but even so, God chose to love us and redeem us. Rather then condemn us, God extends to us the choice to truly live. He considers us fully formed and alive, in our potential. In each of us, He has created a new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth. No, we haven’t arrived spiritually, but we can progress as far as we humbly choose to, because there is a new man inside of us. The new man is being renewed in the spirit of your minds. The new man can choose righteousness and truth, instead of selfishness and lies. Take a moment and thank God for the new man in you. Thank Him for your redemption. Thank Him for your changed heart and mind.
Tuesday – Colossians 3:9–13 Do not lie to one another…What does that mean? We don’t manipulate, we don’t try to get other believers to like us by flattering them. We learn to listen more than we talk. We don’t have to have constant attention, but rather we turn our attention to the needs of others. …since you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self. We no longer practice the old ways of the self, but we practice putting on the new self. We do that by being renewed in knowledge. We learn the Word of God. We memorize it and apply it in our lives. We do not regard the race of a person, or their station in life, but who Christ is in them. We choose to put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. We forgive each other and we purpose not to complain against one another. The reason we do this is because we have been forgiven. Pray with me. Precious Lord, Help me to put on the new self. Help me put the needs of others first and my own wants last. Help me to practice compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Help me to forgive others and not seek revenge or self-justification. May others see the new self in me. The me that is a reflection of you. IN Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
Wednesday -Isaiah 45:7–8 I form light and create darkness, I make success and create disaster… What an awesome, broad statement about the power and glory of our God! What He means is that He uses everything at his disposal to get man’s attention. You see He has provided righteousness for everyone who will accept it. The old hymn says, “There shall be showers of blessings”, but God says here the Heavens, sprinkle from above, and let the skies shower righteousness. God’s purposes in controlling these events (verse 7) is to make salvation and righteousness spring up for the good of man. (verse 8) God wants to bless all who will come to Him with the best God has to offer. And He will use everything at His disposal to make it happen. What a Great and Awesome God!
Thursday – Isaiah 59:16–17 Isaiah is in the Old Testament, but it is known as the Book that summarizes the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Isaiah 53 is the story of a suffering Messiah who will die for man’s sin. Here, where we are reading today in Isaiah 59 is where God explains why He put this salvation plan in motion. He was amazed that there was no one interceding… There was no one saving man from himself. There was no one standing between God and the Devil. There was no one like Jesus. …so His own arm brought salvation, and His own righteousness supported Him. God put His plan into motion by sending His son, Jesus. Read John 3:17-18. Jesus, God’s Righteousness, became our righteousness, because God so loved the world in this way. God didn’t just love the world. He loved the world so much that His own arm brought salvation. Take a few moments and thank God that He loved you so much.
Friday – Romans 6:4–7 When you were baptized, you agreed with Him. You agreed with Him that your old life, your old self, your old way of thinking was indeed worthy of death…we were buried with Him by baptism into death… Your baptism told everyone that the old you was done. For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of His resurrection. When we agree with Him concerning our old life, we also agree with Him concerning His resurrection. When you were raised up out of the water, you were agreeing with Jesus’ Resurrection. All of this has occurred so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, since a person who has died is freed from sin’s claims. God does not want you and I enslaved to sin. He wants us to walk in the freedom of a new way of life. Pray with me. Thanks be to You my Lord and my God. You have passed me from death to life. You have given me a new life. I don’t have words to express how blessed I am to be a part of Your resurrection. Because You were raised from the dead, I have been raised from the spiritually dead to a new way of life. You are the way. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
Saturday – 1 Corinthians 15:53–57 I just had an apple yesterday. As I cut it open, it had begun developing a bad place in the middle. It had become corrupted. That bad spot had to be cut out. The same is true of us spiritually. For this corruptible must be clothed with incorruptibility and this mortal must be clothed with immortality. There will come a day when nothing rots, nothing dies, nothing rusts, and nothing fades. Everything will continue, for all time. When we see the Lord and when He re-creates everything, all degradation will cease to be. And finally, death itself will be a term that means nothing any longer. It will never be used again. Death has been swallowed up in victory. Death has been completely defeated and rendered helpless. No longer can the tyranny of time plague men. Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” Take a moment and think about the loved one who has passed already and what a joy it will be when you see them again in heaven.