Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Live Out Your New Life In Christ

Tuesday June 13

Bible Reading:     1 Peter 4:  1 - 6
Topic:         Live Out Your New Life In Christ

Peter challenged the audience of his letter to a life patterned after that of Christ, who went through physical suffering, bore the pain of crucifixion on Calvary's Cross.

It is this attitude of suffering in Christ that those who follow Him should emulate in life. We should no longer live our lives for ourselves.

It is not normal to be joyous during suffering or trials; but James 1: 2-3 enjoins us to look forward to the future benefits or outcome of our present trials and thereby receive some soothing balm for our present sufferings.

We are to "count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations" James 1: 2.

The result of the change we have experienced of the new life should spur us to not allow the old or former things to continue in us (2 Cor. 5: 17); we should live by the Spirit and not gratify the fleshly desires.

As Paul said (Gal. 5: 24) "Let us, who are in Christ now crucify the flesh with all its lusts and affections and live out our life as Christians in the Spirit, and walking in the Spirit daily" (Gal. 5: 25)

Lord help me to mortify my earthly members and to live out my new life in Christ daily, Amen.

Memory Verse             1 Pet. 4: 6
"For, for this cause was the Gospel preached also to them that are dead; that they might be judged according to men in the flesh but live according to God in the Spirit."

Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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