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Acting Like New Creations

When I first became a Christian 22 years ago, the LORD changed many things in me.  The first thing to go was my potty mouth.  I’m embarrassed to admit that I often used the LORD’s name in vain and used many vulgar words.

Many other things changed in my life as I read the Bible and studied with other believers.  My anger disappeared as did my gossiping.  I was calmer with my children and enjoyed life more.  Sure there were struggles and I continue to have struggles, but staying in His Word gives me the desire to turn away from my old life.

Professing Christians are allowing more and more of the world in.  I have been in churches where couples who are living together are allowed to teach Sunday school.  I have a Christian friend who told me that she wouldn’t wait for remarriage to sleep with someone.  Many of my friends have adult children or grandchildren who are turning away from the ways of God and living sinful life-styles.

In 1 Corinthians 5, the Apostle Paul wrote about this very issue and what we’re supposed to do with Christians who continue to sin:

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.  For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?  God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”
1 Corinthians 5:11-12 (ESV)

Believers should be new creations.  This doesn’t mean that we now have freedom to keep on sinning or that we won’t sin — it means we strive to be more like Christ.  If we truly love Him and say we are His, we will turn away from our sin.

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Heavenly Father, thank You for being a Wonderful Creator!!  Thank You for all You’ve created on this planet in order for us to live and for Your amazing beauty around us!! Thank You for Your sweet, sweet fellowship.  Thank You for each new day to serve You.  Father, please forgive me when I sin and please show me areas of my life that I need to change.  Please show me, Holy Spirit, how to be a new creation.   Please guide me to lovingly help Christian friends/family who have gone back to old ways.  In Jesus’ precious name I pray, for God’s glory.  Amen.  

Committing our plans

 A coworker has started using a weight loss program where she eats mostly carbs one day and then eats mostly protein another day (and also uses expensive shakes and supplements).  She shared with me how she will be under a “certain number” by the end of the year.  This information started to make me sad jealous because that particular number had also been my personal goal weight by the end of December.  

I felt sorry for myself for a few hours, but then I took out my scale as soon as I got home from work.  I had NOT weighed in since Thanksgiving because I had put the scale away while my toddler grandson was visiting — I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I have only gained 3 pounds!!!  I realized I should not have been so surprised because even though I have indulged a bit, I have also continued to drink water, do my yoga stretches in the morning and walk in the afternoon.

I have LOST and KEPT OFF about 25 pounds this year, so I am very, very thankful!!!

I was ashamed at myself for coveting my friend’s weight loss.  By going home and weighing myself, God allowed me to see that what I had been doing was working and that I need to stick with it.  I am committing to get back on my diet plan on December 28th so that I will be under a particular weight by my birthday in April.  I used a weight loss calculator to see if this is a realistic goal and it is — by keeping under 1700 calories per day and continuing to exercise daily, I can do it!!   

proverbs 16-3

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 Do you have any plans you need to commit to the LORD?