TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, June 03, 2019:
A structure consisting of an upright post with a cross beam which was used as an instrument of death. The means by which atonement was made between God and humanity.
For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The cross is of the utmost significance to Christians. For all who have accepted Jesus as their Savior it is the symbol of atonement and represents Jesus victory over death and sin. The cross reminds us of God’s love in sacrificing His own Son to pay the penalty for our sins.
The cross is always about Jesus. Without Jesus dying on the cross we would continue to be sinners without any hope for eternal life with our Lord. Only those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord can truly comprehend the significance of the cross.
Do you understand that when you make a decision to accept Jesus as your Savior you are destined for death? The meaning is that death to self happens at the moment we accept Jesus as our Savior. The verse we have put above tells us that when we decided to accept Jesus as our Savior then our old self, our sinful nature, was crucified with Him.
The old self dies and we are given a new nature as the Holy Spirit comes to live within us all because of the cross. We hand over to God all the worldly things we love and value. God does not stop changing us at the point of our decision to accept Jesus. That is just the beginning of a new life God has for us. He continues to work in our lives. He gives us a new mind set and puts a new desire in our heart. Romans 8:29 tells us that He predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son.
God’s perfect will for us is to become more like Christ. Christ was without sin and His sole desire was to obey the Father in all He commanded Him.
God gives us a new nature when we become His and enables us to no longer be slaves to sin. We are set free from our old sinful nature because Jesus has triumphed over sin and made us new. When we make Jesus the center of our lives the Lord will call us to the cross every day to lay down the things that hinder our devotion to Him and distract us from serving and following Him.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Acts 4:12.
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Thank You Jesus for sacrificing Your life on the cross to set me free from sin so that I can have eternal life with You. Help me to lay down before You at the cross all of the worldly attachments in my life that keep me from becoming completely new and becoming conformed to Your image.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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