Devotionals for December 2016

#59 New Stranger in the World

1 Peter 2:11 AMP Beloved, I implore you as aliens and strangers and exiles (in this world)… The ‘new self’ has no identity or place in the world’s system, yet is perfectly and naturally at ease while walking through it … Continue reading

#58 A Deathless Life

Ephesians 2:4-5a AMP But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings … Continue reading

#57 Losing the Old

Philippians 3:8 ESV “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 … Continue reading

#56 New as Never Before

Philippians 3:7-8a ESV But 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. Paul stands as a vivid standard … Continue reading

#55 Christ is All and in All

Christ is all and in all. Colossians 3:11 NASB …there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. As born again to God the Father, your … Continue reading

#54 The New Self is Lost in Christ

Colossians 3:3 Message Bible Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life – even though invisible to spectators – is with Christ in God. He is your life. The ‘old self’ is ever conscious of itself—boringly, unendingly … Continue reading

The Outpoured Fullness of Our Royal Savior

What a time it must have been in heaven when the Son laid down His glory, left His position, abandoned His power, and walked out from the Throne of His Father to step down into His own creation…and limit Himself … Continue reading

From Strange Night to Thunderous Day

We all – ones who know Him and ones who do not – hang suspended between that Strange Night and the Thunderous Day of His coming. When Christ will shake the still-sleeping world by an entirely different appearing: in splendor, … Continue reading

Came HE!

Came He to wooden walls of animal trough, spread on hay He lay. Down to earthy dust came He, gone from home of heaven-wonder. Away came He from His realm of universe-vastness. Into the confines of infant smallness, helpless as … Continue reading

A Love Unfathomable

Jesus left His power and splendor. Sent by His Father in a Love unfathomable, the Prince was born into the most ordinary humanity. No son of priest or prophet was He. Step-child of a poor carpenter. Son of a simple … Continue reading

Lamb King

We briefly pause the devotional series “Let” to take a few days to look at the Lord, our perfectly holy paradox, Messiah. Lamb King “Behold the Lamb of God,” we fail. No horn to tear, no fang to bite. Year … Continue reading

#53 The New Being

Colossians 3:3 AMP For (as far as this world is concerned) you have died, and your (new, real) life is hidden with Christ in God. When you are born again you receive a new self, a new creation, a new … Continue reading

#52 The New Creation

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. What is the new self? The New Testament does little to actually define it. This … Continue reading

#51 The Things That Are Unseen

2 Corinthians 4:18 AMP “…we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are … Continue reading

#50 New Life Rises

Colossians 3:1 NASB “…you have been raised with Christ to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead…” This life, this new form of life, is in union with Christ and it bears His very characteristics. This Life … Continue reading

#49 Raised Anew with Christ

Colossians 3:1 NASB “…you have been raised with Christ to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead…” This verse comes before Paul’s admonition in verse 10 of Chapter 3 to “clothe yourselves with the new spiritual self.” … Continue reading

#48 A New Heart of Flesh

Ezekiel 36:26 ESV I will give you a new heart and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. The heart is … Continue reading

#47 The New Covenant in Christ

Hebrews 9:15 AMPC [Christ, the Messiah] is therefore the Negotiator and Mediator of an (entirely) new agreement (testament, covenant)… There is no end to the NEW that God has given in Christ! Hallelujah! Our God has made a NEW agreement, … Continue reading

#46 Renewed in the New

Colossians 3:10 “…put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” Ephesians 4:24 “…and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds and to put on the new self, created after … Continue reading

#45 The Old Life Must Go

Romans 6:4-5 AMP We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious (power) of the Father, so we too might (habitually) live and behave in … Continue reading