July 26, Sunday

Editor’s Note:  The AMI devotionals for July 25-26 are provided by Mei Lan Thallman of GCC.

Devotional Thoughts for Today

2Corinthian 10:17:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

'Remember, Fred - it's called ‘do-it-yourself' not ‘do-it-to-yourself.''
‘Remember, Fred – it’s called ‘do-it-yourself’ not ‘do-it-to-yourself.”

For our first home, we bought a foreclosed house in South Carolina.  But it took some time to make it our home, for there were many necessary constructions—replacing carpets, water heater, windows, garage door, paint, etc.  It was a long process where we had to prioritize and pace ourselves by focusing on one project at a time so that we would not feel overwhelmed.  We, however, learned a lot about patience and perseverance through the inconveniences of the process, and we had to trust and depend on God’s timing and His provision.  But through it all, it was worth all the hard work, time, and energy to finally make this house our home; for to this day, our kids still talk about how much they miss our home in South Carolina.

A believer’s salvation and growth in Christ is also like the process of a house makeover.  The moment we ask Jesus into our heart to be our Savior and Lord, there is an exchange of ownership and a beginning of a lifelong makeover of becoming more like Christ.  Of course our salvation is secure, like the deed of the ownership by Christ himself, but the process of taking on and living out our identity as God’s new creation will take time to cultivate and develop.

God will take His ownership of our lives seriously and begin a reconstruction process through our belief system which is made up of our thoughts and attitudes; and from this belief system, our behavior and habits are formed.  He will not overwhelm us by doing it all at once, but through a process He will begin to renew our mind, thoughts and attitudes by His Word and by the indwelling Holy Spirit.  Our cooperation with Him through our trusting obedience and willingness to change are both important and key to our growth.

Taking captive of our worldly/fleshly thoughts and attitudes, ungodly defense mechanisms and destructive habits, and realigning them under Christ’s truth and character is an absolute must  and fundamental spiritual discipline in living the daily Christian walk.  It can be painful to confront and struggle with our old self, but the end result of making our lives a home where Christ feels welcomed to abide permanently is worth it.  Without His complete ownership/Lordship in every area of our lives, we simply cannot bear fruit for Him.

Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for being the Author and Perfecter of my faith.  Please continue to teach me to a deeper surrender and cooperation to Your reconstruction in my life.  Please forgive me and cleanse me of pride, stubbornness and resistance to the conviction of Your Word and to the voice of Holy Spirit.  Help me to make my life a home that You would feel welcomed to dwell within.  Thank You that through Your work on the Cross, I can be a new creation in Christ.

Bible Reading for Today: Amos 8

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