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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-In Christ We Are a New Creation

by Mark Clements

Sunday, July 14

In Christ We Are a New Creation

2 Corinthians 5:17-20

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

During the earthly ministry of Jesus, He encountered a curious Pharisee named Nicodemus. Nicodemus was convinced that Jesus had come from God since it would have been impossible for anyone to do what Jesus did unless God was the One sending Him. The faith of Nicodemus was still developing, and since he did not want to be seen with Jesus as he sought answers to his questions, he visited Jesus at night. Before Nicodemus could even ask his first question, Jesus informed him of his need for rebirth, saying, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Of course, Nicodemus was confused by the statement, and Jesus went on to explain Himself, but He began with a powerful declaration of the new life God brings.

What Nicodemus had difficulty understanding was the nature of man from birth. His religious background had formed his worldview, namely, that man can make himself better by abiding by religious rules and doing good things. However, no amount of religious activity can rid a man of sin and sinful habits, which is why Jesus told Nicodemus he needed to be born again. That is what God does through His Son. By faith in Jesus, God causes believers to be born again, making people who were spiritually dead, alive. Until a person is born again by the Holy Spirit, through faith in Jesus, he is unable to do anything spiritually beneficial for God, for others, or even for himself. Thankfully, in Christ, God removes what is old and He makes every believer new.

JUST A THOUGHT: To enjoy the new life, allow what is old to pass away.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Abounding In Spiritual Power

by Robert Brock

Abounding in Spiritual Power

Romans 15:13

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost,” Romans 15:13.

God is presented to the Romans as the source and dispenser of hope. When a person trusts Christ as Savior, hope and love come with the sealing of the Holy Spirit. It cannot be separated (Romans 5:5).
When I was in the fourth grade, we lived in Winnie, Texas. My youngest brother was born here. This is the same house where I glued all my school valentines to the ceiling by jumping on the bed. I was ten years old and knew it was about time I had a bicycle. I thought if I prayed all night for a bike at Christmas, surely God would hear and understand my dilemma. My hopes were dashed; I got another cap pistol with no caps. My hope was wishful thinking.

The hope Paul speaks of here is supernatural and is based on one’s behavior in Jesus after salvation; then, he is prepared to live in joy, peace and hope of the resurrection. God makes Himself real to the believer by the power of the Holy Spirit. “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). Jesus implies that if one will keep his head in God’s Word, the Holy Spirit will apply God’s supernatural hope to his heart which will increase the Christian’s confidence. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6).

THOUGHT: God’s standing of peace means one has surrendered his arms and admitted he is battling on the wrong side. In God’s army, you are always a winner.

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