The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of September 26, 2016
Renewed In Spirit
Ephesians 4:20-24, “But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Beloved, God is in the business of restoring and renewing us. We see this focus throughout Scripture as He takes the old man and creates a new man- 2 Corinthians 5:17. But we also see that we have a part in the renewal process. It takes a willing heart and spirit, a person who desires to become more like Christ, which God takes and molds more and more into Christlikeness.
Here in Ephesians we learn a process by which the Lord works. First, the assumption is that we have a relationship with the Lord, “assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus.” No relationship equals no spiritual growth. We first need to know Jesus.
Secondly we are “to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires.” Beloved, we cannot live in the present if we are living in the past. We must move forward in our walk with the Lord. Don’t look back!
Thirdly, we are to be “renewed in the spirit of your minds.” This comes as we daily dive into God’s Word. We need a steady diet of God’s Word to change us and renew us- Romans 12:1-2.
Finally, we are “to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Beloved, just as we clothe ourselves daily with the fashion we like, we also are to clothe ourselves with the truth of God’s Word. Remember, the truest thing about you is what the Bible says about you and not what the world says about you. Read, memorize and place God’s Word in your heart that you might not sin against Him and that you might daily be renewed in your spirit!
I pray that you will have a blessed day! I love you and I will be praying for you!
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of September 12, 2016
A Restless Heart
Psalm 56:8, “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?”
Beloved, the Lord knows the restlessness of your heart. He knows how many times you tossed and turned all night unable to sleep because of worry. He knows how many tears you have shed in fear, worry, concern, heartache, and anger. He writes down your tossings and places your tears in a bottle. Beloved, the Lord does this to show us that we are not alone in our restlessness. He sees and He cares.
So then, how do we cure a restless heart? Beloved, we spend years chasing things we think will make us feel secure. But everything this world offers is temporary. Everything. And everything will leave our souls dry, crying out to God, “I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land” (Psalm 143:6).
Beloved, because our souls were designed for God’s fulfilling love, if we aren’t staying closely connected to Him, our hearts will start to feel empty. Restless. Unfulfilled. Parched.
Beloved, the kind of security our souls crave will never be found in the things of this world. Lasting, satisfying peace will only be found when we stop chasing others or possessions, and thirst for the things of God.
Matthew 6:33-34, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Isaiah 26:3- “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Beloved, the only cure for a restless heart is to seek after the Lord like a thirsty man seeking after water. Again, as Psalm 143:6 says, “I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land”
I pray that you will have a bless week and that you will seek after the Lord! I love you and I will be praying for you!
In Jesus’ Name,