Daily D – 1 Corinthians 6:11
1 Corinthians 6:11
And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (NIV)
Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (NLT)
What you were does not have to determine what you are or who you will become. Change is possible. Redemption is real.
Saint Augustine, which is pronounced differently from the town in Florida, reportedly said, “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” This was Paul’s message to a messy church full of sinful sinners redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. You think today’s sinners are more extravagant than any ever? Spend a little time reading 1 and 2 Corinthians. Paul’s reports make it sound like they were trying to set Guinness World Records or something.
The Corinthian Christians, then, should give the rest of us hope. If God can redeem that bunch of spectacular sinners, surely he can save your rotten soul. If those guys lived today, they would most likely appear on The View to great applause for their boldness in being who they were.
You may be one of those who considers your past dark and dirty and beyond repair. God sees future you as his uniquely created snowflake sent to adorn the world in purest white and join with others to display unparalleled beauty. You know how snowflakes form, right? A particle of dust rises in the atmosphere and is baptized in moisture. The further the rise, the more solid and spectacular the dust becomes. Then it begins its ride upon the wind and descends through the air until it silently settles into its ultimate beauty.
Change is possible. Redemption is real. Even for dirt-clogged hearts like yours. And mine. And that guy. And that gal. And everyone who will receive God’s gift of eternal life.
Snowflakes melt. Dust returns to dust. Life endures forever in beauty, wonder, and awe.
Jesus is ready to wash you clean. He will justify your life. He will sanctify your soul. He is preparing a home for you with him forever.
Who you were does not have to determine who you are or who you will become. Change is possible. Redemption is real. Jesus cleanses us as white as snow.
I will live according to who Jesus says I am and not who I used to be.
Our Father, thank you for turning dust into snowflakes, coal into diamonds. Thank you for taking us as we are and shaping us into a masterpiece of your unique styling. May the dirty core of our past forever and always drive us deeper into your redeeming blood. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
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Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.