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The Glory of Christ

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

profileShort devotional thought today.  Not feeling well and yet still want to share some thoughts.  Prayers for health would be appreciated.  I have a funeral today at 11 am and I preach at Queen’s Chapel UMC in Beltsville, MD, tonight for their Lenten series.  Service begins at 7:30 pm.  Come and join us.

2 Corinthians 5:17 is one of my favorite scriptures.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  This passage is a good test for our walk with Jesus.  If we are standing in the light – walking with Jesus – more and more our sins – our failures will be revealed.  As we mature in our faith – we should see sins dropping and more and more we should reflect the Sonshine of Christ!

I often say that although the old is gone and the new has come – the old hasn’t gone very far.  We are in a constant battle with our sinful self – our carnal nature.  The war is won we recently preached – as Christ has defeated Satan on the Cross of Calvary – but the battle still rages on in our daily lives.  We are called to walk faithfully – even as we cling to grace for the victory in Jesus.

Name some sins in your life and spend 2-3 minutes every morning praying about them – one at a time – and ask God to give you victory over them so that more and more you will reflect – we will reflect – the glory of Christ.  The glory of Christ is what Christ has done and will do in our lives.  The glory of God is the transformation of our following our carnal nature into forgiven people who are following the new spiritual nature.  Let Jesus shine in you – through you – and in spite of you!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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March 12, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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