Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
November 22 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 17-18
Food for Thought: Ez. 18:31
Fortunately for us, unlike Israel, we do not have to do the work of casting away all the transgressions which we have committed; Jesus has done that for us! All we have to do is desire it, believe it, receive it, and cooperate by faith with what He has done (see Rom. 10:9). Then we get a new spirit, one that is perfect and literally joined with the Spirit of God (I Cor. 6:17).
We have God’s Word as a guarantee that He takes away the “old man” (the stained, sin-laden, old spirit within us) and makes us brand new, giving us a new lease on life—something so many people long for. They just need to start over, and they can! 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.” Of course, our physical description may be the same (eye/hair color, height, etc.), but our real identity found in our spirit, where it really counts, is completely new. Jesus makes us totally clean and righteous (II Cor. 5:21). What a relief! What freedom!
Then, with the help of the Holy Spirit Who has moved in, the Lord begins to help us transform our way of thinking (our will, emotions, intellect). As we live in and by Him, we no longer desire to be conformed to the world, and by His Word by which we grow spiritually, our minds become transformed (Rom. 12:2), and that will even be outwardly notable.
It’s a whole new way of life. True life, as explained in I John 5:11-12: “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” It wasn’t too late for Israel, and it certainly is not too late for anyone now who is tired of being tired and needs a fresh, new start. All anyone has to do is receive the work that Jesus did and allow Him to move into his/her life and really begin to live.
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.):