Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 24 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 13-14
Food for Thought: Jer. 13:23
“Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots (13:23)?” This comment is not racist or derogatory toward Ethiopians or leopards, obviously. Rather, the Lord through Jeremiah is simply pointing out that one cannot change who he is. Impossible. A person cannot just decide to be good from now on. The true flawed character within will eventually surface again, despite all efforts to suppress it.
This is precisely why Jesus said to Nicodemus, a deeply religious man, “You must be born again (John 3:1-18).” The nature of the “old man” cannot be rehabilitated, not really. So the Lord has provided a way to do away with the old life and give you a completely new identity in the spirit, where the true being exists. (We are a spirit being; we have a soul (intellect, emotions, will), and we live in this earthen vessel called the body.) First Peter 1:23 explains that this new birth takes place by the incorruptible seed through the Word of God which leads us to Jesus as Savior, and the new creation is produced.
Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” The past and the deeds of it belong to the other creature, and you get a brand new lease on life, free from condemnation, through faith in Jesus Christ. Changing identities, letting the old identity die, is really the only way to experience true, lasting change. The apostle Paul explained this concept to new believers saying, “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).” Letting the “old man” die in exchange for the new life in Christ is the only real way to see lasting change.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):