Thursday

No Longer Dead Men

2 Corinthians 5:17, new creation in Christ
"The whole method of God in salvation proceeds on the assumption that men can be changed." A.W. Tozer 

I always cringe a bit when I hear someone say "God loves me just the way I am." 

I totally agree that no matter how bad we are, God loves us. 

But He doesn't love the way we are. 

His purpose in saving us is to make us a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). And Scripture defines new creation people as those who no longer "live for themselves but for him who died for them" (2 Corinthians 5:15). 

When Christ saved us, we were dead men walking, lost, depraved, slaves to sin. And we Christians still have some of that dead man in us (Ephesians 4:22-24). 

That's why huge portions of Scripture are devoted to changing the person we are to the person we can be in Christ. 

Why not read and pray through Ephesians 4 today.

It should make you dissatisfied to be "just the way you are."

7 comments:

  1. Love this Gail! If in all that we do, our focus is Jesus inside us, we WILL be changed in our actions and thoughts.

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  2. Ah, once again AW Tozer hits the nail on the head. I love that man's writings ...

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  3. Totally agree!!! This post brought to mind what my dad always says: "God loves you just the way you are, but loves you too much to let you remain the way you are". Can't help but think he is absolutely right!!! :)

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    1. You are truly blessed with a precious wise dad.
      Kathy

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  4. This makes so much sense! I absolutely cringe when I think of the way I was B.C. I was selfish, thoughtless of others' feelings, had a terrible temper, and always wanted to get revenge on those who hurt me. Though I still tend to be a tad selfish, the other behaviors have virtually vanished. And I thank God all the time for that. It's also proof to me that God IS in my life, creating that change. When doubts creep in, I have that to hang on to.

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  5. Great post! I too cringe when I hear that saying. One thing I might point out is Psalm 5:5. This is not the only verse but it is the one that came to mind at the moment. There is a time when God hates...

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  6. What a beautiful devotional today, Gail! I so love reading it...and hearing you read it too! Thank you for the time and study it takes to do these!! Hugs, sweet friend! (Praying that many will find hope and peace in these devotionals each day!)

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