THE NEW MAN IN CHRIST.


You have begun to live a new life, in which you are being made new and are becoming like the One who made you. This new life brings you to the true knowledge of God.” Col. 3:10(NCV)

THE moment we accept Christ as Lord and Savior, a wonderful transformation takes place. He takes over our sins and gives us a new nature. Jesus never did anything wrong, but in our behalf, He took on Himself the sins of the world and gave us His righteousness. So now, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Cor 5:17(NLT)

JESUS gave us the Holy Spirit so as to cement the new relationship with God through Him. By the time we heard the truth of the message of our salvation and believed it, from then we aresealed with the Holy Spirit of the promiseChrist did this so that our spirit may be alive and active in Him.
What the Holy Spirit does is to flood theeyes of our heartwith knowledge to understand how great and awesome is the hope we have received in Christ and the riches of the glory of His inheritance of which we also share in.

AS our mind is being renewed, cleansed, and sanctified by the bathing of the water of the word, we need also to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit. This will help to transform the old bruised and roughened self to a new Christlike nature. The supernatural transformation is through a gradual process that takes place over time. “Our faces shining with the brightness of His face. And so we are transformed much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him.” 2 Cor 3:18(The Message)

GOD has not promised any person of a Christian walk that is without challenges. Nonetheless, God will not allow us to be crushed by whatever difficulties that may come our way. Instead of such obstacles to affect our Christian faith negatively, we can use them to build our spiritual strength and capacity. Moreover the Holy Spirit is ever present to give us hope and relief from stress because His presence is always with the elect just as He was with the Israelites in the wilderness.

Amen!
Ike

God’s Loving Truth, Day 20

Today’s reading is drawn from 3 John.

God’s Story

God inspires John, “the elder,” to write to Gaius, a member and evidently a leader of a church. Gaius is walking in the truth. He is faithfully living like a child of the King, advancing God’s kingdom by loving him and other people well. Other believers have come to John and testified about Gaius’s love and how wonderfully faithful he is to God and his truth. Nothing brings John more joy than hearing that fellow believers are living in light of all God has taught.

Gaius’s love has even extended to teachers who have visited his home as they travel to tell people about Jesus. These believers have told John about Gaius’s extreme generosity. John is delighted.

Then John shares a warning. Another church leader, Diotrephes, likes to be first in everything. He slanders believers, he isn’t hospitable and he even throws out members of the church if they treat traveling believers kindly. John warns Gaius not to be like Diotrephes, who is doing what is evil.

John signs off his letter with peace and writes that he wishes to visit Gaius soon to see his friend face to face.

The King’s Heart

Because God is good, there are certain things that he hates — like injustice, unkindness, jealousy and dishonesty. And because he is good, there are certain things he loves — kindness, justice, integrity — attributes that line up with his heart. As his children, we are to magnify what God loves and stand against what he hates.

In his letter, John does that. He celebrates Gaius’s hospitality but condemns Diotrephes’s lack of it. He even implies that Diotrephes’s evil actions demonstrate he doesn’t know God. John is loving what God loves and hating what God hates. And, to borrow a phrase from Paul, he is “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).

As we grow closer to God, we’ll be better able to identify what he loves and hates. Not only that, but he’ll begin to shape our hearts like his. We’ll start to love what he loves and hate what he hates.

As our hearts start to beat in rhythm with God’s, we’ll be able to speak the truth in love too. As we share God’s truth, our hearts beating with his, the broken world will both see what is true and feel God’s love in it. We’ll be representing the Lord Jesus as he is — “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Insight

John writes favorably about Demetrius, telling Gaius that everyone — and even “the truth itself” — speaks well of him (3 John 12). Demetrius was perhaps also the carrier of this letter.

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