FRIDAY 21ST AUGUST, 2020
THEME: The New Man
PASSAGE: Ephesians 4:17–32
HYMN: MHB 361-WHERE shall my wandering soul begin?
MEMORY VERSE: Romans 13:14 “Rather clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”
Peter was a very quick-tempered man. He was also very abusive. Over time his circle of friends had grown thinner as fewer people could tolerate his outbursts. Peter was later ministered to about Jesus Christ and he experienced the true spiritual rebirth. Peter became aware of these unsavoury behaviours that drove people away from him through the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
Gradually, through the help of other spiritual elders and brothers in his fellowship, Peter started mortifying his Adamic nature. He was always eager to learn the Word of God so he hardly missed any Bible Study class. He found strength and direction through the instructions and the discipline of following the Word of God. People started noticing the new man Peter had become. He was now at peace with all those around him.
The Bible describes this life-changing effect that salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit have over our old self as a new being. When we become a new person, old things must definitely pass away. We are no more tied to our old selves, that Adamic nature that Satan uses to enslave us and make us his followers (2Cor. 5:17). We experience freedom and peace which can only come from our spiritual rebirth.
Rev. 21:4 says “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away.”
This is a very necessary experience all children of God must pass through. He gives us an assurance of eternity when we go through this experience.
PRAYER: Loving God, please help me to recognize my failings, confess and turn away from them so that I can have very cordial relationships with you and others in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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