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February 8, 2011: 6:29 pm: Daily Scripture

Deuteronomy 10:17-21
17 “The LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and takes no bribes. 18 He gives justice to orphans and widows. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. 19 You, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. 20 You must fear the LORD your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone. 21 He is your God, the one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done mighty miracles that you yourselves have seen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Once Christ resides in our hearts, we are to imitate Him in all that we do.  It is submission in our hearts as well as our bodies.  It is very difficult to claim to love the Lord with all your heart while being in conflict with the body of Christ.  A measure of our relationship with God is how we get along with others.  How we treat others will show the depth of relationship with God.  If our hearts have been cleansed and made right with God, then our relationships with other people can be made right.  The body of Christ is Church and how we treat each other should reflect the love He gives so freely to us.  We are to show that love to each other, as Christ shows it to us.  This is not always easy, but if we have received the love the God, then it will show in our relationships with others.  We don’t always like what we see others do, but we are to love them as Christ loves us.  Only through His power can this be accomplished, only a sanctified heart can be gracious and show the love received to those in the Church.  But by working with and for the body of Christ will show Christ to those outside the Church.  When your heart has been cleansed and you have been reconciled to God you will begin to see a difference in how you treat others.

Have a God Day!

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: 12:37 am: Daily Scripture

2 Corinthians 3:7-18
7 That old system of law etched in stone led to death, yet it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory when the Holy Spirit is giving life? 9 If the old covenant, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new covenant, which makes us right with God! 10 In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new covenant. 11 So if the old covenant, which has been set aside, was full of glory, then the new covenant, which remains forever, has far greater glory. 12 Since this new covenant gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory fading away. 14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and even to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, a veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, then the veil is taken away. 17 Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, he gives freedom. 18 And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul contrasts the glory of the Old Testament with the glory of the new covenant. No man could live without breaking the law.  The law was given to man by God to show his sin.  And the law could not save us because no person could live without breaking the law.  None of us is perfect.  So God gave man the system of animal sacrifice, blood atonement for sin, to cleanse their sin.  But this was only a temporary system, as it pointed to the One sacrifice that would be complete and permanently unites us to God.  Because no one person could keep the law, God sent a perfect person, He sent His Son.  Jesus Christ was fully human, born to a woman and conceived by the Holy Spirit, and He was fully God, as He came to earth from heaven.  Under the old system, no one could live without sin and animal sacrifices only provided a temporary fix.  When Jesus Christ came He sacrificed Himself for our sin. Whenever anyone turns to Christ, forgiveness is received.  The veil is lifted and understanding comes.  When we believe that Jesus Christ died for our sin, the Holy Spirit of God then lives in us.  And when the Spirit of God lives in us, we have freedom.  We have freedom from sin and we become more like Christ.  We are fully justified when we believe that Jesus Christ died for our sin and the process of sanctification begins.  This is the journey of becoming like Jesus Christ.  The veil is removed and we become more and more like Him Who died for us.  Allow the Spirit of God that lives in you, who believe in Christ, to make you into His image here on earth.

Have a God Day!

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