January 27, Monday

The AMI QT Devotionals for today and tomorrow (new) are provided by Pastor Yohan Lee, a friend of AMI, who has served as a staff at several AMI churches in the past.  He and his wife Mandie have four adorable children: Simon, Maggie, Jonathan and Abigail. 

 

Devotional Thought for This Morning

“New Year, New You”

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed for his compassions never fail; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  

It’s been about four weeks since the calendar turned to 2020, and I can confidently say that the new year has brought about a new me; unfortunately, this has not been a good thing.  I’ll blame it on the Christmas holidays and associated vacation, but for whatever reason, I’ve fallen into a bad rhythm. I’ve probably only been to the gym about four times in 2020, and each time I cut my workout short in both duration and intensity because I’ve been dealing with heart and gut problems (These two organs seem to have gone missing in me).  I’m eating like a teenager and can’t remember the last time I’ve had a salad. I’m sleeping in way later than I want to, and by 7pm at night I feel and act like a zombie. Around the home, all my projects and chores remain incomplete or overdue. And to top it all off, I’m already like 10 days behind in my Bible reading schedule. I think it’s fair to say that I haven’t exactly hit the ground running in 2020.  

Because today’s passage is so familiar to many of us and because it’s written in such a beautifully poetic way, we often take for granted the deep spiritual truth of it.  And the truth is that, even if you’ve had a series of bad days, weeks, months, or even years, God loves you, he has a plan for you, and you are not consumed (or defeated) by poor choices—even if those poor choices have become a hard to break bad habit.  Not only that, his mercy or compassion for you is new this morning as well. In other words, today can, and if you make it, will be different. Today, pick one, two, or three things you want to do, and do them. Start some good habits. For me, I’ll pick up my Bible reading schedule, cleaning my microwave, and perhaps eating a salad! 

Prayer: Lord, thank You for this day.  Each day is genuinely a gift from You.  Help me to have a good day and successfully start a good habit.  Most of all, let me be mindful and obedient to You this day. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Romans 8 


Lunch Break Study

Read Romans 7:14-25: We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Questions to Consider

  1. What was Paul struggling with in this passage?
  2. What truths about the new life in Christ does this passage reveal?
  3. What will be the ultimate prevailing truth (vs. 25), and how is this an encouragement for you?

Notes

  1. In this passage, Paul shares that while he is a new creation in Christ, he still struggles with the desires of the sinful nature.  For example in vs. 15, he says what he wants to do he doesn’t do; but what he hates to do, he does anyway. I think we’ve all been there.  
  2. The spiritual truth revealed in this passage concerns the process of sanctification.  Namely that if we have genuine faith in Christ, we are spiritually changed and the Spirit lives in us, but at the same time, the sinful nature within us is also still alive (though slowly dying).  So in our hearts, there’s always going to be a struggle in us to live for Christ, until we see Jesus face to face.  
  3. Ultimately, we are going to be fully delivered in Christ; and we will be “slaves” to God’s righteous law.  Hopefully, this is an encouragement to you to know that your future will be glorious.  

Evening Reflection

Now that we’re almost a month into 2020, how has the new year been for you?  Are there resolutions you’ve quit on already? Do you need to refocus? Do you already feel defeated?  Don’t; Christ lives in you.

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