You a New Creation!

Verse of the Day

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. [NKJV] 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Isn’t being a new creation a wondrous thing – formed in the mind of God and created by His power and for His glory? In today’s reading we are told what it means to be a new creation and in the preceding verses how we came about it. When we chose to put our faith in Christ Jesus by believing, our old nature was automatically nailed to the cross with Christ. You see when Jesus died on the cross He died for all of our past sins, and mistakes. So that when we put our faith and trust in Him, we’re acknowledging Him as our Lord and Saviour, and the fact that our sin was nailed with Him to the cross, was buried with Him, and when He was raised from the dead by God the Father, so did we too, to walk into the new life Jesus died for us to live – Our new life, us as “new creation”. Of course as believers we can and will still make mistakes, but because of our new nature in Christ, we are no longer slaves to it (as we formerly were), and with the help of God sin will no longer have any power over us (Romans 6:6-7). Now as new creations, we are empowered by and for righteousness, and now have the choice to either let sin rule over our lives or to count ourselves alive to God in Christ Jesus and therefore dead to sin. But most of all, as new creations, we now have the power to choose the latter. Isn’t that glorious! So what would your choice be today? To be alive in Christ as a new creation where you are empowered to live the life you were created to live, or be alive in your old self? The choice is entirely up to you! #Verseoftheday #Devotional #Bible #Jesus #Sin #NewCreation #OldThingsHavePassedAway #AllThingsAreNew #EndlessPossibilities #Grace #Past #Mistakes #ForgettingThePast #ReachingForTheFuture

Without Love, Faith and Hope is dead

Verse of the Day

Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love. [NLT] 1 Corinthians 13:13

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It is true that the value of faith cannot be disputed in that it often motivates us to move forward even when the odds are stacked up against us. More so, it helps us to be hopeful, as having hope when facing impossible situations helps us to see and get to the finishing line. And so in life, to live without faith and hope, makes living rather difficult. However, here the Apostle Paul reminds us the significance of Love over faith and hope. Which begs the question, what is so amazing about love, and why is it greater than Faith and hope, both of which you need to survive challenging/difficult situations? I guess for one, it has to do with the fact that, it was for the sake of LOVE that Our Father in heaven sent His son Jesus into the world, to die on the cross and to act as a ransom for all our indiscretions /sins. And through this wonderful action of His, He showed us that without love, we would have still been in our sin and therefore would not have received redemption. And without that redemption, our faith would have been non-existent. And how can we have hope without faith? Indeed, we are to be pitied, for what kind of life would that have been? But thank #God for #Jesus #Christ. Thank God for our salvation. Thank God for our Faith in Him that builds hope in our lives, and most importantly thank you Lord Jesus for #Love, for without Love, #faith and #hope would not exist! #Devotional #Verseoftheday #WhatILearntFromPaul

Devotional 30.04.2014

Verse of the Day

“Don’t be afraid,” Samuel reassured them. “You have certainly done wrong, but make sure now that you worship the LORD with all your heart, and don’t turn your back on him. [NLT] 1 Samuel 12:20

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Regardless of how unworthy you may be feeling right now, because of some of the wrong decisions you’ve made, which will not be dis-pleasing to God our maker, don’t let that prevent you from retracing your steps back to Him. There is grace and mercy with God, and so you need no longer despair. As long as you stick with God, He will help you work out all the imperfections in your life, so that in the end, you live a life pleasing to Him. He knows and understands your daily struggles. He has not given up on you just yet. #Verseoftheday #SamuelChallenge