Devotionals for August 2022

#25 That I May Gain Christ

The very things Paul gave up, he then possessed richly in Christ. His position in the religious world became a position in eternity. His knowledge of the Law was lost into intimate knowledge of Christ’s purpose and plan. His strength … Continue reading

#24 Put on Fully the Glorious Christ

From his many years in the desert, taught by the Lord Himself, Paul knew how to “put off the old man” completely, not saving his “old self” in any way. By FULLY discarding even the ‘good self,’ Paul put on … Continue reading

#23 The Good Self Must Go

Paul the Apostle marches through his epistles exhibiting amazing zeal and a fierce endurance by the very character of Christ. He shows the way to possess Him. His own example is a stirring road map. Paul gave up, put aside, … Continue reading

#22 Possessed by Christ Absolutely

Reading Philippians 3:4, 6-7 NASB Paul gave up his ‘good’ – his achievements, his nobility, his very knowledge – to KNOW Christ. He gave it all up to possess Him fully and to be possessed by Christ absolutely. “If anyone else has a mind … Continue reading

#21 The Victim Mentality Is Satan’s Deception

Matthew 15:19-20a NASB For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man. What happens to us does not cause our sin. The ‘victim mentality’ is Satan’s … Continue reading

#20 Losing Our Soul-life

Matthew 16:25 NASB For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. The word ‘life’ here is the Greek psuche, meaning soul. It is our soul-life we must … Continue reading

#19 Whoever Loses Their Life for Him

Mark 8:35 NIV For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me and for the gospel will save it. The word life here in the Greek is psuche, meaning soul. Soul-life is … Continue reading

#18 The Spirit of Your Mind

…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 … Continue reading

#17 What is the Lord’s Joy?

My Lord, for us to recognize Who You are…that is Your joy. Not just our joy, YOURS!

#16 Ready to Have Your Eyes Opened?

That “old self” has no redeeming quality, nothing good in it. Its futility and wickedness is total. We want to keep a portion of self as valid. It takes a long time to utterly despair over our sinful self. Hope … Continue reading

#15 The Nature of the Old Self

We’ve been in Paul’s letter to Ephesus but he gives the same message to Colossae. But now put away and rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, bad feeling toward others, curses and slander, and foulmouthed abuse and … Continue reading

#14 Clothed with Humility

I ran across this statement by Oswald Chambers: “Marvel as you see how God took timid Gideon as His wardrobe, and clothed Himself with him.” Oh, may He clothe us with Christ and possess us with His Life that His marvelous … Continue reading

#13 Possibility of Being Free

Put off the old self… Be renewed in your mind… The lawlessness of society is increasing and it tempts Christianity to lower the standard of holiness…and integrity. We think, “Well, we are still better than the average person of the … Continue reading

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