Unspeakable Joy Devotional

April 5th

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The Old Things Are Passed Away. The past several weeks many people came to the little town of Round Top, Texas to enjoy the spring antique festival. The shows are always to incredibly large and seem to grow more and more every time. I went several times in the past weeks looking for items for a farmhouse renovation we are doing. I love the history behind items and just the thought of what that item has seen and been through for many years…the history of old things. It got me to thinking of the verse in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” We all have history of our lives, the past, but I am so thankful that I don’t have to hold on to all the old things and ways of my life in the past because in Christ and my relationship with Him, I am a new creation and can allow myself to live free of the old things.

2 Corinthians 5:15-16 “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 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.” Paul tells us that all believers have died with Christ and no longer live for themselves. Our “death” is that of the old sin nature which was nailed to the cross with Christ. Romans 6:4 “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

The old things refers to everything that is part of our old nature-pride, love of sin, and reliance on works. The old things died, nailed to the cross with our sin nature. Old, dead things are replaced with new things, full of life and the glory of God. We are now freed from sin and it no longer has power over us. We now have a choice to “let sin reign” or to count ourselves “dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus”.

We are not perfect, nor will we be until God takes us to heaven. But if we know Christ, we’ll want to become more like Him every day. Don’t let pride, or anything else, keep you from giving your life to Him. Give your life to Christ today. Billy Graham

 

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