Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 9-15-21

Colossians 3:5-11 (TPT) New Creation Life
5 Live as one who has died to every form of sexual sin and impurity. Live as one who has died to the desires for forbidden things, [evil/darkness] including the desire for wealth (greed), which is the essence of idol worship. 6 When you live in these vices you ignite the anger of God against these acts of disobedience.

7–8 That’s how you once behaved, characterized by your evil deeds. But now it’s time to eliminate them from your lives once and for all—anger, fits of rage, all forms of hatred,[including self-hatred] cursing [slander], filthy speech, 9 and lying [living a lie]. Lay aside [take off the old life] your old Adam-self with its masquerade and disguise.

10 For you have acquired new creation life which is continually being renewed into the likeness of the One who created you; giving you the full revelation of God. 11 In this new creation life, your nationality makes no difference, nor your ethnicity, education, nor economic status—they matter nothing. For it is Christ that means everything as he lives in every one of us!

Our passage today is a continuation from yesterday and how we are to be One with Christ in his Glory. Here’s what we must do: shed our old lives. I think the word “shed” (eject or slough off) is a very good word for Christians to remember. Sinful stuff must be shed. Christ shed his life for our sins to bring us eternal life and we shed our old life in order to reveal the new one. Wow, such exciting news! We are being made into a new image—His! We are like the caterpillar shedding its chrysalis and emerging a butterfly. We supernaturally put on his attitude and character, allow the Word to be developed in the inner places of the heart, and change comes (Phil 2:5; Col 3:12-15). You are a new creation, my friend! Live out of that miracle!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for bringing me into your character and working to make me in your image. I know it must delight you to see your children being formed in your likeness. Blessings and honor be yours, Lord! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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