Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (All scripture is from MSG)
Scripture Quote: Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other.
(2 Corinthians 5:17-18)
The Bible tells us that we are the branch and Christ is the vine. We derive all our nourishment and support from Jesus. Additionally, the branch cannot produce fruit without the vine. We are completely dependent on our Savior to live out our Christian lives. As we abide in Christ, we are sustained by His fullness and share a small portion of His glory. We have literally changed and have become a new creation. Everything about us, our views and feelings, become new.
Satan would have us remember our past faults and rebellious attitudes so that we never really grasp our new status as children of God, who are joint heirs with Jesus. We are forgiven and renewed, while Satan is still stuck in his same old role of tempter and deceiver. Satan wants us to see ourselves as sinners who can never escape our propensity to fail, but God says we are saved saints, who sometimes sin – Praise God, there is an eternity of difference between the two!
Today’s meditation: Faith in Jesus changes everything about our lives.
Memory Verse: Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:7)