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"From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised," Psalm 113:3.

Heavenly Father, You are a great and awesome God, majestic, wonderous, highly exalted and to be praised. Thank You for Your abundant blessings. Transform us into Your image as we gaze on You and praise Your name.


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Friday
Nov212014

WE ARE MEMBERS of ONE ANOTHER

"laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another."

Ephesians 4:25

In recent years, our ears have been tuned to Washington where lying seems to be increasing. We've been shocked. However, our ears have also been tuned to people in positions of spiritual leadership who have lied, and we've been disheartened. Why does it hurt us to an even greater degree when Christians lie to one another? The answer is because we are members of one another. And, as Ephesians 4:24 reminds us, we are to be living by our "new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the TRUTH." What does this mean to us? We are not to lie to ourselves, God, or others. Before we hurl stones at Washington, perhaps we should check our hearts. Are we lying to ourselves about something? A sin? A promise? A relationship? Are we lying to another person-either directly or by withholding information? If we are, then today is the day God is calling us to "lay aside falsehood and speak truth; for we are MEMBERS of ONE ANOTHER." Our lie never just hurts us. It hurts others. It hurts Christ.

Heavenly Father, forgive us for any way in which we have not spoken truth. Forgive us for any way that we have lived in or spoken falsehood. May we by the conviction and power of Your Holy Spirit lay falsehood aside and may we speak truth to one another.  

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Wednesday
Nov192014

WE ARE RIGHTEOUS

"put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth."

Ephesians 4:24

Heh Righteous! That's right. I'm talking to you. If you're a Christian, the Bible says you and I are righteous because of the substitutionary work Christ did on the cross when He paid our sin debt with His blood. I wonder if you're thinking what I am? 1. Praise God for declaring me righteous.  2. I need to put on then new self, which has been created in righteousness. Why not greet your Christian family and friends with this reminder? Lets call each other who we are in Christ, and more importantly live accordingly.   

Heavenly Father, thank You for declaring me righteous. Help me live according to the new person You have created me to be. 

Have a great day, righteous friend. 

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Wednesday
Nov052014

WE ARE RENEWED in the SPIRIT of OUR MINDS

"...be renewed in the spirit of your mind,.."

Ephesians 4:23

Fascinating research has been done the last several years on the brain and how it can be "renewed." Dr. Caroline Leaf in her book, Switch On Your Brain, explains, "As we think, we change the physical nature of our brain. As we consciously direct our thinking, we can wire out toxic patterns of thinking and replace them with healthy thoughts. New thought networks grow. We increase our intelligence and bring healing to our brains, minds, and physical bodies. It all starts in the realm of the mind, with our ability to think and choose - the most powerful thing in the universe after God, and indeed, fashioned after God." (page 20) Ephesians 4:23 is more than a verse over which we should hurriedly read. It is a lifeline to new thoughts and behavior. Believers have the great hope and reality of a renewed mind and therefore life. Through the Spirit and the Word of God, we can be renewed in the spirit of our minds

Heavenly Father, my heart is overwhelmed as I think on YOU; and that because of the way You created and recreated me in Christ Jesus, I can be renewed in the spirit of my mind. Help me take Your Word seriously and do my part to be increasingly renewed in the spirit of my mind.   

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Wednesday
Oct292014

WE HAVE A NEW SELF

"you, lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth."

Ephesians 4:22-24

It sounds simple, doesn't it? "you, lay aside the old self." The problem? If we could, we wouldn't need a Savior. We would obey the Ten Commandments and all would be well. So why is a command given to lay aside our old self if we can't do it? The answer isn't simple, but it's critical for us to understand. The command is given so we know what we are to do. Our stinky old self needs to be laid aside from our lives. But, here's the point: we can't do it in our own strength and with our old mindset. Therefore, we have to be renewed in the spirit of our mind. We have to learn Christ's ways. Then, we have to call out to Christ to fill us with His Spirit. (put on the new self) Only then are we empowered to lay aside our old self (nature) and live in the likeness of God.   

Heavenly Father, we know what to do; yet so often fail. Help us be renewed in the spirit of our minds and walk in the new self; Your likeness, righteousness, and holiness of truth. 

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Monday
Oct272014

WE are to GROW UP in ALL ASPECTS

"...we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,"

Ephesians 4:15

It was Peter Pan who sang, "I won't grow up." Do you remember the lyrics?

"I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up
Not me,
Not I,
Not me!
So there!

'Cause growing up is awfuller
Than all the awful things that ever were.
I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up,
No sir,
Not I,
Not me,
So there!"

I wonder if the Lord Jesus Christ ever looks upon us as having a "Peter Pan" attitude about growing up in ALL ASPECTS into Him? In other words, do we have a stubborn streak in some area? For instance, rather than "growing up" and being forgiving, do we harbor resentment? Instead of growing up in ALL ASPECTS into Jesus, do we maintain our "right" to do what we want, when we want, how we want; rather than do that which our Heavenly Father commands us to do? Rather than grow up in ALL ASPECTS into Jesus, do we worry rather than pray, exercise our right to indulge rather than exercise self control, hate rather than love? Maybe we should take a hard look in the mirror and then answer the question, "Do I look and sound more like Peter Pan or Jesus?" 

Heavenly Father, I love how You provide specific instructions to us. Thank You for the reminder we're to GROW UP IN ALL ASPECTS into Christ Jesus!   

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