Daily Light – Apr 23, 2018

Your daily goal:  
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Taking from … The Search For Significance…R. McGee
Continuing with ..God’s Answer to Shame and Sin:  Regeneration
When we trust Christ and experience new life, forgiveness, and love, our lives will begin to change.  Still, regeneration does not effect an instantaneous change in the full realm of our performance.  We will continue to stumble and fall at times, but the Scriptures clearly instruct us to choose to act in ways that reflect our new lives and values in Christ.  As Paul wrote the Ephesians:
That, in reference to your former manner of life, 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)
We are to put on, or envelop ourselves in, this new self that progressively expresses Christian character in our attitudes and behavior.  We are marvelously unique, created to reflect the character of Christ through our individual personalities and behavior.  In a different and  special way, each believer has the capability to shine forth the light of God.  No two will reflect light in exactly the same way.  
The truth of regeneration can dispel the specter of the past.  Our sins have been forgiven, and we now have tremendous capabilities for growth and change because we are new people with the Spirit of God living in us.  Yes, when we sin we will experience it destructive effects and the Father’s discipline, but our sin will never change the truth of who we are in Christ.  
When we do sin, we should follow King David’s example.  When Nathan confronted David about his sin of adultery with Bathsheba, David confessed his sin to the Lord (2 Samuel 12:1-13).  David did not run from his sin or its consequences. He married Bathsheba, and God was merciful:  He enabled Bathsheba to give birth to Solomon, the wise king of Israel.  Certainly, God could have brought Solomon into the world another way, but perhaps as a message to us, He chose Bathsheba.  What a message!  Confess your sins, worship God, and get on with your life.  You can experience the mercy of God not matter what you’ve been through.
Father…thank you that You seek to, want to, desire to, are willing to, and capable of, forgiving us and restoring us when we fail.  Thank you.  How loving and kind Your are.  And thank You that when we do turn from You, when we Sin, that you love us soo much and You are soo faithful that you discipline us ‘so that’ You can forgive us and reconcile us back into that abiding place with You which is the ‘only’ place where we can find consistent and true joy and peace and contentment.  Help us to recognize when Satan comes to deceive us…when he comes to pull and tug at the lusts of our ‘old’ self.   Help us to shine forth Your light to others who are trapped in the darkness.  Amen



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