Daily Light – May 31, 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 morning time of study and reflection, I will share with you what God is teaching me.  I ask you then to join me in each day and pray that God will use our time to draw us to a deeper understanding of His will and His ways.  Our objective is simple…to ‘see’ and ‘know’ the light and love of Christ Jesus..‘so that’ we will GO OUT and share the love of Christ Jesus with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light

Final Thoughts from …The Search For Significance, by R. McGee

More on Regeneration…

The process of experiencing your new self involves three steps:

  1. Laying aside the old self – rejecting the old self’s hold on you, which dictates how you think, feel, and act, and choosing to stop living in worldliness.
  2. Renewing your mind with God’s truth – understanding the truth of what Christ has accomplished for you and how that gives you a new capacity to live for Him.
  3. Putting on the new self – in your thoughts, words, actions, values, and relationships.

Express the truth of your new character. Your new self can now influence how you think, feel, and act.

This exercise will help you see that regeneration has already been completed in your life.  You have been transformed into a new creature. You can declare those characteristics that describe your new nature to be true of you:  I am deeply loved by God.  I am completely forgiven by God.  I am fully pleasing to God.  I am totally acceptable to and accepted by God.  I am a new creation – complete in Christ.

Regeneration gives you a new beginning.  No matter what you have done in the past, God has washed away the guilt and set you apart for His own use in the present.

1st Corinthians 6:9-11 provides a glimpse of the type of individuals trapped in various immoral and wicked behavior that God can radically transform.  You no longer have to think, feel, and act as false beliefs dictate. You are now free to present yourself to God as an instrument of righteousness.

1 Cor 6:9-11…Do you know the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? (And Paul provides a list of wicked behaviors/types)  And ‘that’ is what some of you were (manifesting wicked unacceptable behavior).  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 

Friends…  I pray this for you/us…….can you see it?…can you see your ‘new’ self?…can you see the new ‘you’?….deeply loved, completely forgiven, pleasing, totally acceptable to and accepted by our loving heavenly Father…because of what Jesus did for you/us on the cross.   See it…then walk-it-out in your life..let it come out…that new creature…the light and love of Jesus that lives inside you.   What you/we ‘were’..is no longer who we are ‘in’ Christ.  See yourself as God sees you ‘in’ Christ…and transform and renew your mind ‘so that’ you can be light to the world.  Amen

Daily Light – May 30, 2018

Your daily goal:

Philippians 3:14  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   

(Monday-Friday, from my morning time of study and reflection, I will share with you what God is teaching me.  I ask you then to join me in each day and pray that God will use our time to draw us to a deeper understanding of His will and His ways.  Our objective is simple…to ‘see’ and ‘know’ the light and love of Christ Jesus..‘so that’ we will GO OUT and share the love of Christ Jesus with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light

Continuing with summary ‘key’ thoughts from …The Search For Significance, by R. McGee

Regeneration

So by now…in this study….we are aware that many of our beliefs about our self-worth have been based on our performance and others’ opinions.  False beliefs have thus become the primary basis we use to evaluate ourselves and the situations we face.

Our beliefs usually influence our thoughts, emotions, and actions.  False beliefs are Satan’s lies, and they generate ungodly thoughts, painful emotions, and sinful actions.  An ungodly performance serves to reinforce these false beliefs, which supports the conviction I am what I am.    We may fee trapped and hopeless to be anything different from who we are right now.  Take heart!  There is hope!  God has made you a new creature.

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines regeneration as “renewed or restored; to cause to be spiritually reborn; to cause to be completely reformed; to bring into existence again.”

You have been made into a new person.  At the instant of your conversion to Christ, you were born again as a new spiritual being.  God creates by fiat, that is, He makes something from nothing.  Your new birth brought about more than a change of direction.  It gave you a completely new nature with new capacities to reflect God’s image in your daily life.  This new creature resides in your body, but it is as different from your old self as a horse is from a man.  

Your regeneration was accomplished:

  • by the will of God
  • through believing faith in Jesus Christ’s death for you
  • by the renewing of the Holy Spirit
  • through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • by the Word of God

2 Corinthians 5:17…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Friends…I pray this morning that all of us will learn to identify the ‘old sin nature’ that is controlled by Satan as he brings his ideas to our mind ‘so that’ he can keep us distracted and limit our production in the things that are eternal …. and on every occasion that we identify his ideas being presented to us….we go ‘gotcha’…and we sing a song of praise to the Lord…or…we simply begin to talk and pray to our great God…or…we read or quote a verse of scripture….and we use the ‘gotcha’ to switch gears…change realms…change our mind from old to new…and move-into the ‘new nature’…the new ‘nature of Christ’ ‘so that’ we can move into the strength and mind of the ‘new nature’ …that lives inside us ‘so that’ we can be light and love to the world around us ‘so that’ we can bear eternal fruit.  Amen

 

 

Daily Light – May 29, 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 morning time of study and reflection, I will share with you what God is teaching me.  I ask you then to join me in each day and pray that God will use our time to draw us to a deeper understanding of His will and His ways.  Our objective is simple…to ‘see’ and ‘know’ the light and love of Christ Jesus..‘so that’ we will GO OUT and share the love of Christ Jesus with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
 
Continuing final summary points of ‘The Search For Significance…by Robert McGee’
 
If we insist on valuing our self-worth by our appearance and performance, sooner or later God will graciously allow us to see the futility of that struggle.  The Lord never meant for us to find the fulfillment of our self-worth and significance in the opinions of others.   This undeniable, unavoidable need for a sense of value was created in man by God.  However, He knows we will never come to Him until we find the importance of people’s opinions to be empty and hopeless.    At that point, we can turn to Him and find comfort and encouragement in the truths of His Word!
 
My friends….False beliefs are all a part of the enemy’s insidious plan.  For many of us, for much of our life, we do recognize the power of the sin nature at work in our mind to mess with our self-image and ideas, our thinking, and such negatively affects our sense of true self and self-worth.   God has always had a different plan for us…a different way of seeing and thinking…and such comes through regeneration and renewal…through transformation.  
 
By now, we should see that ‘deception’ is the #1 tool that Satan uses to steal, kill, and destroy mankind.  God has His own plan for you, and it alone will bring you a stable sense of self-worth.  With a godly self-worth comes a new direction and purpose:  to honor the One who laid down His life to give you security and significance.   (con’t tomorrow)
The fear of man will prove to be a snare.  Prov 29:25
 
Wow…Amen
 
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Daily Light – May 28, 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 morning time of study and reflection, I will share with you what God is teaching me.  I ask you then to join me in each day and pray that God will use our time to draw us to a deeper understanding of His will and His ways.  Our objective is simple…to ‘see’ and ‘know’ the light and love of Christ Jesus..‘so that’ we will GO OUT and share the love of Christ Jesus with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
 
The Balance that Must Be…’if’ we truly want to live life to the ‘full’…  taking a break this morning from the final pieces of TSFS.
 
Okay..I am just in a thought pattern on this Memorial Day…the 69th of my life 😊.  It is that time of the year here in So. Indiana where we who love the yard and landscape should be close to realizing that annual satisfaction that comes for just a brief period of time….the shrub/flower beds are weeded and trimmed…the flowers are planted…the blooms are beautiful…the sights and smells are many….the finished product is ‘good’…wonderful…very pleasing to the hands, the heart’s content, and the eye.  And the strain in the muscles in the shoulders and the aging back seems to me a good thing…a pain that strangely relates to the job well done.  😊    
 
Let me say it again… I love my yard..and that is good.    And such is normal.   God created all these blooming and budding things…and He created the sense of ‘order’….He created that need I have to find and realize that job well done that pleases my body, mind, and senses.   And as He said when he was busy creating the earth… “it is good”.      
 
The balance is to always stay in touch with the difference in temporary good as compared to the larger ‘eternal’ good.   The temporary good should never consume more of my focus…command more of my senses…than does the eternal good.   
 
God created us to experience both realities…the temporary good and the eternal good.   The eternal good is the seeds we plant and the light we shine into the darkness of this temporary thing we love so much…that we call life.  The difference we make in the lives of others that we have contact with and relationship with over the course of our temporary life.    
 
Yes..God created this temporary life to bring us sooo much pleasure…all of the things that are good are there for us to have to the ‘full’.   
 
But God also connects us through His Word..through His Spirit that lives inside us to the eternal good…the things that don’t fade or spoil or lose their bloom…where the seasonal insects, and mold and things that cause decay have their annual effect…and where things don’t rust for die.   The eternal good is those things that last for eternity…the love and kindness and sacrifice we provide/give to others…the prayers that we pray for our needs and the needs of others…the light and love that we must bring daily to the world around us.
 
Thus I thank God for the reality of this balance….that He gives us the temporary good and the eternal good to experience and enjoy…and thus we know that distinct difference in the quality of both experiences….we know that one, although sweet and beautiful, will fade…and at the same time we have that rock solid assurance through the spirit faith that works in our spirit mind that tells us that the eternal good that we render is the higher and better good because it has that eternal and forever value that causes our ‘full’ meter to realize something of eternal joy …a lasting peace…and that deep sense that we are pleasing the Father.

Daily Light – May 25, 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 morning time of study and reflection, I will share with you what God is teaching me.  I ask you then to join me in each day and pray that God will use our time to draw us to a deeper understanding of His will and His ways.  Our objective is simple…to ‘see’ and ‘know’ the light and love of Christ Jesus..‘so that’ we will GO OUT and share the love of Christ Jesus with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
 
 
 
Continuing with … The Search For Significance
 
A Few Days of Summary Main Points
 
Friends…next few days will be ‘epic’ mini-meals via reiteration of key principles….please eat slowly in order to digest 😊

 

More on Propitiation:   God’s plan for us is centered in the cross.  To understand His plan, we must first understand the meaning of propitiation.  
 
Prior to our spiritual birth (new birth – regeneration), even our good deeds were despicable to God (Isaiah 64:6).  If we are honest about our performance, we must admit that we have sinned thousands of times, even after having accepted Christ.  
 
The problem with our sinfulness is that God is absolutely holy, pure, and perfect.  There is absolutely nothing unholy in Him.  God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).  Therefore, since God is holy, He cannot overlook or compromise with sin.  It took one sin to separate Adam from God.  One.  For God to condone even one sin would instantly defile His holiness, which He indicates by His righteous condemnation of sin (Romans 6:23).
 
The Father did not escape witnessing His Son’s mistreatment:  the mocking, the scourging, and the cross.  He could have spoken and ended the whole ordeal, yet He kept silent.  Confronted with the suffering of His Son, He chose to let it continue ‘so that’ we could be saved.  What an expression of love!  Its depth is unsearchable.
 
Try to recall an experience in which you were loved by someone special.  That person adored you and wanted to be with you.  You didn’t have to perform; just being with you was enough.  The thought of that person selecting you to love was intoxicating.  All other facets of life seemed to diminish.  He or she loved you, and that love was soothing to you and satisfied many of your inner longings.
 
If the love of a person can make us feel this way, consider how much greater joy the heavenly Father’s love can bring.  We can’t truly experience the love of the Father unless we realize that it supersedes any experience of being loved by another man or woman.  
 
God loves you, and He enjoys revealing His love to you.  He enjoys being loved by you, but He knows you can love Him only if you are experiencing His love for you.  (read that last sentence 10 times 😊)  Propitiation means that His wrath has been removed and that you are deeply loved!   (con’t tomorrow)
 

Father…what I am realizing is that I have spent most of my Christian life ‘not’ fully enjoying or experiencing or appropriating the depth…the benefits…of just how much You truly love me.   I realize that is on me and not on You.  I realize more each day just how much the sin nature that lives in our body…just how much it has damaged our spiritual receptors and abilities and how truly, truly we must be born anew from above and regenerated and then to daily nourish that ‘new spirit self’ inside us ‘so that’ we can regenerate and come to fully know Your love.   You only want good and best for us.   You are sooo good.   Amen
 
 
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Daily Light – May 24, 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 morning time of study and reflection, I will share with you what God is teaching me.  I ask you then to join me in each day and pray that God will use our time to draw us to a deeper understanding of His will and His ways.  Our objective is simple…to ‘see’ and ‘know’ the light and love of Christ Jesus..‘so that’ we will GO OUT and share the love of Christ Jesus with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
God Wants To Win You From Within  (Relates to what we have been studying in SFS)
 
Article by
David Mathis
Executive Editor, desiringGod.org
God appeals to our desire. It’s one of the great awe-inspiring truths of the universe, from the warmth of the sun’s rays to cool, refreshing streams. From the everyday pleasures of sleep, food, drink, and family, to the special joys of holidays and changing seasons. From Genesis to Revelation.
How astounding that the divine himself appeals to human desire. When he could simply say, “I am God; just do what I say,” he seeks to win our obedience from the heart. He captures our inner person on the way to transforming our outer person. He gives reasons and rationale and makes his case, and at bottom appeals to our deepest and most enduring joy, rather than treating us as creatures of mere duty.
He does indeed call us to self-denial, but on what grounds? Few have said it better than C.S. Lewis:
The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not about self-denial as an end in itself. We are told to deny ourselves and to take up our crosses in order that we may follow Christ; and nearly every description of what we shall ultimately find if we do so contains an appeal to desire.
Lewis enjoins us to enjoy this Jesus, not to live from a sense of duty: “Consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels.”
Long before Lewis, Jonathan Edwards lent his voice to Jesus’s charming of the human soul, not just commanding of the human body: “Jesus knew that all mankind were in the pursuit of happiness. He has directed them in the true way to it, and he tells them what they must become in order to be blessed and happy.”
Lose Your Life to Gain It
Even when Jesus commends self-denial, as Lewis mentions, he does so in a way that appeals to our holy sense of gain.
Perhaps the most surprising divine appeal to desire is Jesus’s seemingly paradoxical statement on gain and loss in Mark 8:36: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” The reason this text is so important is that self-denial is plainly in view: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). But Jesus doesn’t stop at self-denial and cross-bearing. He has more to say. He gives rationale. He doesn’t just command the outer person, but seeks to allure the inner. He appeals to desire:
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mark 8:35)
Do you really want to keep your life? Then let it go. Release your death grip, and lose your life, that you might gain it. If you love your life in such a way that you are willing to lose it, then you will gain it. But if you love your life in such a way that you are not willing to lose it, then you will lose it.
Paradox of Gain and Loss
How are we not trapped in this matrix of self-love? Because there is a holy sense of gain. And from where does it come? A new heart. If we love our own lives in this world with a natural heart, we will cling to it and lose it in the end. But if we are led with born-again, new hearts, with supernatural desires — fed and empowered by the Spirit of God himself — then we will live from a holy sense of gain, and gain our lives in the process. Not earn, but gain, like Abraham, through the open, receptive arms of faith (Romans 4:1).
The best picture we have of a Christian living from such a heart of holy gain may be Paul in his letter to the Philippians. Twice he gives us a glimpse into the holy hedonism, or Christian Hedonism, that drives him.
Greatest Loss as Greatest Gain
First is Philippians 1:21: “to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” He writes from prison, susceptible to the whims of pagan rulers. This could be it for Paul. At any moment, the word could come, “Off with his head.” But he suspects this is not yet the end for him, and anticipates being released (Philippians 1:25), because he senses Christ still has fruitful labor planned for him (Philippians 1:2225). But let the record show that his heart is ready, even desirous, to face the final foe in order to then come face-to-face with Gain incarnate: “My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better” (Philippians 1:23).
Paul has not died to every sense of gain, but is living for pure, righteous, ultimate gain as much as ever.
Losing All to Gain Christ
Second, then, is Philippians 3:7–8, just a few paragraphs later. He has just cataloged the many inherited and achieved reasons he would have for self-confidence. However, he says,
Whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.
What is the very heart and essence of the eternal, spiritual, supernatural, holy gain Paul seeks? Christ himself. Not mere material gain, but ultimate relational gain. Not the gain of temporal possessions, but the gain of an eternal person. “To be with Christ is far better,” he says. It is “the surpassing worth of knowing Christ” that is the great animating soul and center of his sense of gain, and liberates him from two-bit, short-term, this-worldly gain to pursue and enjoy the deepest and most enduring gain: Jesus himself.
Go Hard After Holy Gain
When Jesus bids us, “Follow me,” he doesn’t call us to die to real joy, but to find it. Finally, at long last, the hidden treasure becomes ours (Matthew 13:44). Jesus doesn’t command us to squash true pleasures, but calls us not to be so easily pleased by our trinkets. He appeals to our desire. He made us for himself, heart included, and he seeks to win us from within, and change us from the inside out.
Will we embrace self-denial in this life? Necessarily. Happily. Eagerly. Because we know that in dying to ourselves, we will live more fully. And as we do, we’ll listen carefully as Christ shouts and whispers his shameless appeals to our holy gain. His promises are staggering and unblushing, and when he opens his mouth, whether in promise or command, he does so to encourage us in the pursuit of happiness and direct us in the true way to it.     
(back to SFS tomorrow)…  grow and go!   😊
 
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Daily Light – May 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 morning time of study and reflection, I will share with you what God is teaching me.  I ask you then to join me in each day and pray that God will use our time to draw us to a deeper understanding of His will and His ways.  Our objective is simple…to ‘see’ and ‘know’ the light and love of Christ Jesus..‘so that’ we will GO OUT and share the love of Christ Jesus with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
 
Continuing with … The Search For Significance
 
A Few Days of Summary Main Points
 
Friends…next few days will be ‘epic’ mini-meals via reiteration of key principles….please eat slowly in order to digest 😊
 
When God chose to redeem us ‘so that’ we could relate to Him and rule with Him, He did not make us partially righteous, nor has He allowed for our righteousness to be marred by our poor performance.   The blood of Christ is sufficient to pay for all sin.  Because of His blood, we are holy and righteous before God, even in the midst of sin.  This does not minimize the inherent destructiveness of sin, nor the consequences.  Instead, it glorifies the indescribable sacrifice of Christ.  (Think on the last 2 sentences).
 
There is no biblical tenet more neglected in its practical application than the doctrine of ‘reconciliation’.  The Colossian reference to this doctrine reveals its application to us:
 
And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.  (Col. 1:21-22)
 
Relish those last words.  God declares us as ‘holy and blameless and beyond reproach’…beyond reproach…beyond reproach….at this very moment.  Wow!
This is not merely a reference to our future standing; it describes our present status as well.  It tells us something very significant:  We are totally accepted by God.
 
This line of reasoning from Scriptures might appear to be new but probably would not seem so if we asked, ‘is there any sin so filthy that it can prevent a Christian from going to heaven?  I believe most Christians would answer with a resounding no!  A believer is eternally secure; heaven is a certainty for him or her (1 Peter 1:3-5).  But salvation is more than just a ticket to heaven when we die.  It is the basis of a relationship.  God received us into a loving, intimate, personal relationship the moment we placed our faith in Christ.   We are united with God in an eternal and inseparable bond (Romans 8:38-39).  We are born of God in an indissoluble union as fellow heirs with Christ.  Recognizing that there is no sin so filthy that it can make a Christian unacceptable to god is not presumptuous.  It is God-honoring faith n a blood-sealed warrant with the Holy Spirit, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession (Eph. 1:14).
 
On the other hand, is there anything a christian can do to become more acceptable to god?  No!  If there were, then the cross would be insufficient.  If we do anything to be more acceptable to God, then Christ either lied or was mistaken when He cried out on the cross, “It is finished!”  (John 19:30).  If that is the case, what He should have said is, “it is almost finished, and if you live a perfect life, you and I together might make you acceptable.”  
 
Since our relationship with God was bought entirely by the blood of Christ, it is the height of pride to think that our own good works can make us acceptable to God.  The Bible speaks to the contrary:  “He save us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy” (Titus 3:5).  Christ has reconciled us to God, and He allows us to experience the incredible truth We are totally accepted by and acceptable to God.  

Friends… ‘if’…..’when’….we begin to SEE…see in our regenerated spirit mind WHAT Christ’s death and resurrection PROVIDED for us…WHAT God gave us in Christ’s sacrifice….our response WILL ALWAYS BE to glorify our Great God and Lord Jesus.  As the ‘lights come on’.. as the layers of this glorious revelation of WHAT we have IN Christ…as this revelation becomes known to us…real to us…and we begin to see the immense depth and height and width of it…..ohhhhhhhh…our response will always be to turn more away from the things of this world and of the darkness that distracts and holds us back from being all we can be IN HIM…and to turn more to the love and beauty and freedom and power of the revelation of Christ.  And ‘that’ is where/when maturation occurs…’that’ is where we change and sin less…and ‘that’ is when/where we begin to share and radiate the light of this revelation with the lost around us.   Ahhh….breathe it into your spirit mind….let it nourish you…let it change you…. ‘so that’ you/we will bring Him glory with our lives and be all we were created to be.   Amen
 
 
 
 
 
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