TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, November 19, 2018:
Living one’s life like Christ did while on this earth; resemblance; similarity.
Put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
God’s ultimate goal for all of us is that we be made like His Son, Jesus Christ. This was God’s plan and purpose for us from the beginning. As we read in Romans 8:29, “For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son”. The process of becoming like Christ is most of the time painful, but it is always worth it. What we mean by being Christ-like is to do as Jesus did always sowing the spirit of God’s love and forgiveness in all that we do and say.
Becoming Christ-like is an ongoing process that requires us to do battle with our sinful nature. The apostle Paul in Colossians 3:5-9 gives us a list of sinful acts that one must no longer have part of one’s life. The list includes sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language and lying. Paul tells us that we must put to death all these things because they all come from our old sinful nature.
To become Christ-like in today’s society is very difficult because of the pressure to conform to the growing evil that one faces daily. We live in a generation that thinks there is nothing more important than “ME.” One who lives for themselves and will go along with the crowd, being politically correct, cannot be Christ-like.
In the verse we have put above Paul says to “put off’ our old conduct and put on the new man who was created according to what God wants. You can look at the Ten Commandments and they can be a great check list for you as how to live the way God wants you to live.
It is impossible to be Christ-like until we are willing to put aside our sinful will and live in obedience to God’s commandments in the same way as Jesus was obedient to them.
Jesus said of Himself, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what he sees His Father do, because whatever the father does the Son does also.”
I Peter 4:1-2 reads that since God suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men (earthly desires), but for the will of God. We as believers must ask ourselves, “Am I doing the will of God by striving to be Christ-like?”
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 148:1-4.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
Help our family to do the will of our Heavenly Father and strive to be more Christ-like beginning today. May our goal be to put off our old conduct and put on the new man and stand against all the evils of the world that we will face, and lead us to be more and more Christ-like. May Your Spirit be our guide not only for today but until we meet You in the air.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, 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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