LETTING GO - Week 2 Devotions

Monday, February 26, 2024 - Read John 3:1-8 - Even Nicodemus, a religious scholar of his day, had a hard time understanding what Jesus meant by being “born again.” Jesus was not talking about a physical rebirth, but a spiritual one. The kind of birth that results in a change of heart from hostility or indifference toward God to a deep love for and devotion to God. When we ADMIT our sinful condition, BELIEVE that Jesus is the Son of God who takes away the sins of the world, and CONFESS Him as our personal Savior by inviting Him into our lives and following His example, then we are born again.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 – Read 1 Peter 1:3-4 - As a result of our new birth through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ we have a living hope that will never die. Having been adopted into the family of God we are promised an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade - an eternal inheritance kept in heaven for us. Whoever believes in Jesus and receives Him as their personal Savior is promised eternal life - life without end. Those who are born again will indeed see the kingdom of God.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 – Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 - When Jesus takes up residence in our hearts and life, transformation happens. We become a new creation. We think differently, speak differently, act differently. The old ways of living begin to fade away and a new way, a Christ-centered way, begins to take its place. That’s why we must “put to death whatever belongs to your earthly nature” and “put on the new self” which is being renewed in the knowledge and image of our Creator (see Colossians 3:5&10). Are you living like a new creation today? What do you need to “put to death” and what do you need to “put on” to be the person God created you to be?

Thursday, February 29, 2024 - Read 1 Peter 1:22-23 - Before trusting in Christ for salvation we lived in ignorance, served ourselves, and were dead in our trespasses and sins. But all that changed when we accepted Jesus into our hearts and lives.  He rescued us from emptiness and set us apart for His purposes. Something new was planted in our souls and our obedience to His truth continues to purify us and make us holy. A true sign of being born again is a sincere and deep love for others, from the heart.

Friday, March 01, 2024 – Read Ezekiel 36:26-27 - Before Christ, our hearts were like stone; hardened, unyielding, impenetrable. But, by the grace of God, those who put their faith in Jesus Christ and receive Him as their personal Savior get a new heart and a new spirit. Our heart of stone has been replaced with a heart of flesh, in which the Holy Spirit of God Himself dwells. Rejoice today that God saw fit to give you a heart transplant when you were born again.