Daily Devotion for December 2, 2016
Psalm 32:1-2a NLT
Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt!
For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins!
...the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”
I love the “transfer” reminder. That is, I love remembering that I've been “rescued...from the kingdom of darkness and transferred...into the Kingdom of His dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” This “transfer” we Believers have experienced—through faith in Christ—literally “transplanted” us into “the Lord's own house!” Now we are free to “flourish in the courts of our God...even in old age!” This “transplant” has completely CHANGED us, beloved! Now, as we abide in Christ (in our Lord's “own house!”), we are to “produce fruit” and “remain vital and green!”
Lord, we Believers come before You today...humbled and full of “JOY” because we have been “transferred!” “For once (we) were full of darkness, but now (we) have light from” You! “So” we are to “live as people of light! For this light within (us) produces only what is good and right and true” (Ephesians 5:8-9)! We ask You help us daily remember this “transplant” status, Lord...
So we “do not bring sorrow to (Your) Holy Spirit by the way you live” but “remember (You have) identified (us) as (Your) own, guaranteeing that (we) will be saved on the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:30)
So we remember to listen to, be led by, and “be filled with the Holy Spirit!” (Ephesians 5:18b)
So we remember “that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person! The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
So we remember to “Put on (our) new nature, created to be like (You)—truly righteous and holy!” (Ephesians 4:24)
So we remember to “Put on (our) new nature, and be renewed as (we) learn to know (our) Creator and become like Him!” (Colossians 3:10)
So we remember to “Imitate (You), therefore, in everything (we) do, because (we) are (Your) dear children!” (Ephesians 5:1)
So we remember to “speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church!” (Ephesians 4:5)
Yes, Lord! We ask, in Your Son's name...please help us daily remember!
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