Daily Light – June 7, 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

Con’t…summary thoughts from our study….The Search For Significance, by R. McGee

Learning to Listen … The Work of the Spirit ‘Inside Us’ …. Conviction of sin is to lead us to confession ‘so that’ we can experience the forgiveness that is ours in Christ Jesus.  

1 John 1:5-10..the Apostle John wrote this to all who are believers in Christ Jesus: 

“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you:  God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by truth.  But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives.”

Confession means ‘to agree with.’   Confession is not dragging from our memory all the sins we’ve committed and telling them to God.  Confession is agreeing with God concerning the specific sin we are convicted of.  We agree with God in three ways:

  1.  Agreement – I sinned when I _______________  The lie I was believing was ______________________
  2.  Claiming forgiveness – I am forgiven through Christ’s death on the cross.
  3.  Repentance:  I am deeply loved, completely forgiven, fully pleasing, totally accept, and complete in Christ.  I now choose to act in a way that honors Him, which means I will __________________________

Our confession does not make us forgiven.  We have forgiveness because Christ died to pay for our sins.   Confession is a means for us to experience our forgiveness, not a means for us to obtain it.  Confession should be done with an attitude of repentance, which involves turning away from sin and turning to God.  Repentance is not a matter of feeling sorry just because we got caught.  True confession causes us to reject sin because it grieves the Lord.  Confession enables us to experience our forgiveness and enjoy our fellowship with God.

Following is an example of proper confession of sin:

Dear Father,

The Holy Spirit has pointed out to me that I sinned when I (name specific thoughts and actions).  I was believing the lie (name specific false belief) when I sinned.  Thank You that I am completely forgiven and that You choose not to remember my sin.  I reaffirm that You have declared me to be deeply loved, completely forgiven, fully pleasing, totally accepted, and a new creature – complete in Christ.  Amen

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Daily Light – June 6, 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

Con’t…summary thoughts from our study….The Search For Significance, by R. McGee

Learning to Listen … The Work of the Spirit ‘Inside Us’

The word ‘convict’ means to convince of error or sinfulness.  The convicting work of the Holy Spirit is God’s way of showing you that your thoughts and/or actions are contrary to your new nature in Christ.

As we have seen thus far in our study, our ungodly thoughts, painful emotions, and disobedient actions usually originate in our false belief system.  The Holy Spirit convicts us of ungodliness ‘in order to’ 1) expose the wrongdoing;  2) expose its basis in false beliefs;  3) reestablish God’s truth as the root of our thoughts and actions;  4) draw us back into a life of love and service for Christ.

The Holy Spirit’s work of conviction begins as He reveals our obvious sinful acts to us – stealing or lying, for instance.  Then, as we mature, His conviction is more often focused on sins of omission than commission – more on what we do not do than what we do. (Key phrase in this last sentence is ‘as we mature’).

It is important to avoid leaning on your own or any other person’s understanding about what is sin in your life.  Study the Scriptures to see what God wants for you, and listen to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  (Although we all know that there are occasions when we are not listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He seeks to convict us of sin…and in those situations…our loving heavenly Father may send another believer/person to us to help us see the sin in our life with the goal of helping us grow and change.)

We need to not confuse guilt with conviction.   We need to learn the practice of taking our thoughts and deeds before the Lord to see what He thinks of them.  Ask Him to show you which ones are guilt feelings and which ones are actually sins.  Playing the blame game is a trick from Satan and too often causes us to miss hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit as He is at work convicting us of true sin.

Learn to identify the work of the Holy Spirit in convicting us of sin and to identify Satan’s lies that create our false beliefs.  Reject these false beliefs and replace them with God’s truth.  And thus ‘renew’ and grow….and mature…. ‘so that’ you will produce eternal fruit for the eternal kingdom.

Father..I pray today that you will expand our ability to see and believe that You do speak to us through Your ‘word’ in the Holy Scriptures…help us to hunger and depend on daily communication with You through time in Your word and time spent with you in prayer.  Help us to learn to practice listening to Your Spirit speak to us ‘so that’ we can change and grow and produce eternal fruit.  Amen

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Daily Light – June 5, 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…summary thoughts from…The Search For Significance, by R. McGee

Learning to Walk in Our New Nature

Christ realized that we could never live the Christian life in our own effort.  Our bondage to our old nature and our unrenewed mind hinder us from understanding and applying God’s truth.  It is the role and job of the Holy Spirit, as our Helper, to enable us to understand and apply biblical truth.  Depend on Him, not on your own abilities, to do this:

  • He will teach you all things and help you to remember what Christ said.  (John 14:26)
  • He will guide you into all truth.  (John 16:13)
  • He will show you what things are from God, teaching you by combining spiritual thoughts with Scripture.  (1 Corinthians 2:11-13)

The Holy Spirit uses Scripture for four purposes in the believer’s life:

  • Teaching:  imparting knowledge of the truth.
  • Reproof:  revealing areas in your life where you fall short of the truth.
  • Correction:  getting you back on track.
  • Training in righteousness:  helping you apply truth in the ‘nitty-gritty” of your life:  your finances, your schedule, your relationships.

This morning I pray…  Father…I pray that we will increasingly sense your Spirit working inside us…that we will recognize the wind of Your presence in the sails of our heart and mind.   Oh…to be in tandem and in-tune with You…to make Your presence in our heart and mind the single most thing we seek for each moment of each day.  ‘So that’ we will go-out and share your love and light with the people who are lost in darkness.   Amen

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Daily Light – June 4, 2018

our 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
 
Con’t…More Wrap-up from..The Search For Significance…R. McGee
 
‘A New Birth Has Produced a New Being’
 
Regeneration is the renewing work of the Holy Spirit by which a person literally becomes a new creation.  Our regeneration took place at the instant of our conversion to Christ.  At that moment, we were given more than a change of direction; we received the impartation of new life.
 
That part of us that the Holy Spirit regenerated is our spirit. The Holy Spirit has energized our inner spirit with new life.  Jesus called it a new birth in John 3:3, 5-6, and said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (3:6). Regeneration is the Spirit-wrought renewal of our human spirit, a transforming resuscitation ‘so that’ the spirit is alive within us (Romans 8:10).
 
The Holy Spirit has been joined to our human spirit, forming a new spiritual entity.  A new birth has produced a new being“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
 
Friends….Read, and re-read the main ideas presented in the 3 paragraphs above until the reality of the meaning soaks down and marinates into the area of your understanding ‘where’ it becomes useful and serves to motivate your thinking and thus your behavior and activity in all things.  
 
Ephesians 2:4 says that our new self has (already)a been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth, but we must yet put on this new self in order to progressively produce godly thoughts and actions – as the acorn produces an oak tree!
 
 
I pray that God will give you increasing ability to ‘see and be’…to see who you are in Christ…and then to be all you can be ‘so that’ you will be light to those that are lost in darkness.  😊  

Daily Light – June 1, 2018

our 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.)

 

Con’t …Final Thoughts from …The Search For Significance, by R. McGee

Regeneration

God was not idle during our physical formation in the womb.  He was intimately involved with our creation.  God fashioned each of us to be physically distinct from one another.  Through regeneration, He gives us the capacity to reflect His image through our unique personality and appearance.

Regeneration provides you with a new system by which you can evaluate yourself and your life.   Belief systems based on God’s truth about us lead to:

  • Godly thoughts, which lead to
  • Healthy emotions, which lead to
  • Godly Actions

As your mind is renewed by the Spirit of God, and as you apply the Word of God in relationships with the people of God, your life will progressively change.

Moses used the excuse “Who am I?  No one will listen to me!  And I don’t speak very well, anyway!”(Exodus 3:11; 4:1,10) to try and keep from serving the Lord.  Some of us excuse our unavailability to God by blaming our poor background or lack of education, training, available opportunities, fears, and so on.

God has dealt with your excuses by making you a new person with new potential and new capacities.  Write across your excuses, I am a new creation – complete in Christ!