Detox: Week 2 - Guilt - Day 4

Opening Prayer:

Lord, help me remember that in Christ I am a new person and I thank you!  

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (NIV)

 “So, from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

 

Reflect:

This Scripture reminded me of George (not his real name), whom I have known well over the last few years.  He is a true example of what it means to have a new life in Christ.  Having spent his earlier years striving for upward mobility in the business world, work became his idol and his family was neglected.  He went through several marriages and reached a very low point in his life.  He met a lady who was at a similar point in her life and when they both wanted to improve their lives, they started going to church Their whole perspective on life changed.  They realized that Jesus was the only answer to their having the quality of life and marriage they wanted and they both made a commitment to Christ and to each other.

 Today, several years later, their lives are drastically improved.  When I first met George, the Bible was a real mystery to him.  He couldn’t imagine where I got the Biblical concepts/applications I drew from the Scripture.  He had to use the index to find a book of the Bible, but now he amazes me as we study the Word together.  He sees applications that I didn’t see. He has read through the Bible several times, studying the Word in a meaningful way. He is constantly sharing his faith with those he meets.  His prayer/devotional life is integral to his daily walk.  Christ has truly entered his life, blessed his marriage, and transformed George.  When we met, I would never have predicted the positive growth he has made.  But God knew!

Apply:

This week, you may not have a perfect life despite your commitment to Christ.  There are going to be ups and downs because we live in a fallen world.  The renewed life that this Scripture promises needs daily nurturing by meditating on the Word and praying.  We all need this lifeline to Christ, our source of strength.

Closing Prayer:

God, may your Holy Spirit guide me as I walk through this new life you have given me. In your son’s name, amen.

Terry Schneider