Your Old Life is in the Past Tense…
1 You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience; (WEB)
It is interesting to note that every time our old life is mentioned in the New Testament letters, it is mentioned in the past tense. You were dead in trangressions and sins… Your old life… You used to walk in the ways of the world… etc.
Every time there is a description of who we are NOW (in the present tense), we are always reminded of our royal position in Christ! In today’s Bible reading, we see how Paul contrasts our old life with our new life. While we once were dead in our sins and walked according to the ways of the world, now we are made alive in Christ!
My question to you today is… Do you see your old life as past tense or present tense? It is true that we were sinners who were saved by grace, but we are no longer ‘sinners’ any more. Our biblical identity now is ‘saints’. Though we still have the ability to sin, it is not sin that defines us. What defines us is that we have been made alive in Christ.
My prayer today is that each saint would say ‘yes and amen’ to this truth and see their old life as being in the past tense. Sure, we are still dealing with the remnants of our sinful nature that still indwells our flesh. Sure, we are still dealing with the residue of a broken soul (mind, will, emotions) that continues to be in contrast with our heavenly identitiy. But the truth is that even though we struggle with the old nature that wages war with the Spirit that lives within us, all of that brokenness no longer defines our true spiritual identity.
We are alive in Christ! We are joint heirs with Jesus! We are seated in Christ in heavenly places at the right hand of our Father now. May we know this like we have never known this before! May thankfulness arise in our hearts as we declare along with the Apostle Paul, that everyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old has passed away and all things have become new!
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new. (WEB)
By Barry of Fatherheart.tv Daily Reading
Cast Your Care to Your Caring God
The apostle Peter writes to hurting and persecuted Christian believers, who have been “scattered” from their homes and familiar surroundings, and tells them to cast all their anxieties on God knowing that God cares for them (1 Peter 5:7).
This is not some puff piece, or academic lecture, or thoughtless encouragement.
Peter is communicating to real people, in real pain, and giving them real comfort. God cares about you!
We tend to think the opposite when things are going badly in our lives. We immediately jump to the conclusion that any pain must mean that God is not pleased with us. In other words, we equate God’s pleasure toward us with painlessness for us. Yet how thoroughly unbiblical this thinking is! In fact, the opposite is the case.
Across the pages of Scripture we find people hurting and doubting and struggling. Not because they are living contrary to God’s Word, but precisely because they are seeking to follow God’s direction. Noah builds an ark while the whole world mocks him to shame. Satan afflicts Job with physical and emotional agony because Job is living a careful, godly life. David faces Goliath for the glory of God, while even his own people declare the endeavor to be impossible. Jesus was crucified because he was the perfect Son of God. All his disciples were persecuted for teaching the gospel of Jesus, and Paul suffered ship wreck and beatings and imprisonment for the same. Now Peter writes to Christians who have lost their homes and loved ones and reminds them, “God cares about you.”
The same comfort can be shared with every Christian believer, in every age. Your pain is not a result of God’s displeasure.
In fact, God is rejoicing at your testimony of his Son Jesus. So whether your pain is caused by direct persecution for your faith, or by circumstances outside your control, or by the challenges of human relationships in a fallen world — cast your care on God, knowing he cares for you.
Christian, God has not forgotten you. God is not angry with you. God sent his only Son Jesus to die on your behalf, to pay for your sins; and so now God is always pleased with you, in Christ. God loves you unconditionally. God cares about whatever is touching your life. So cast your cares on God, in Jesus’ name, and know that he is able to bear them.
By Justin Huffman
Back to the Starting Place
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:1-4
Sometimes I need to go back to the beginning of the Bible to get a new perspective on things. The book of Genesis is a wonderful book filled with all kinds of new beginnings. From the creation of the universe to the beginnings of civilization, I am always blessed when I start reading Genesis. Let’s look at the first four verses to see how they can give us a fresh and new perspective for today.
I love the first four words: “In the beginning God….” That says it all. Sometimes I just need to be reminded that God has always existed. It is hard to comprehend the concept that before “the beginning,” there was God, but it is a truth that we can embrace with love and respect. He is God and there is none other. “God,” as used in this passage, is the Hebrew word “Elohim,” which is plural (meaning more than one). Elohim refers to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, existing since the beginning of creation. It brings great comfort in being reminded that God is all-knowing, all-powerful and ever-present, from beginning to end (Alpha and Omega), while taking care of us in the middle too.
The next amazing part of these verses describes how God separated the light from the darkness. The earth was dark and had no form or substance. But God is light and in Him, there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). God saw the darkness and knew that the whole earth needed His light. Thus, God brought forth His light for us. When we feel as though darkness surrounds us, we look upon Jesus and He is still bringing forth His light for us today. These verses remind us that God understands darkness and never intended for us to live in it. He created the light, separated the light from darkness, and said, “it was good.”
When man sinned, darkness entered into our hearts and the light of God went out. God sent His Son, Jesus, to bring light into the world so that all who believe in Him might be saved from the eternal darkness. For those of us today who have accepted Jesus as our Savior, we are filled with His eternal presence through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. Everywhere we go, we shine His light. Isn’t it great to go back to the beginning?
By Bobbye and Tonilee
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