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‘GRACE WAVES DEVOTIONAL’

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LET THE REAL YOU COME FORTH!

 Ecc 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.

 satan rules the world’s system within which we live (Jn 14:40) He utilises lies and deceptions to mould the characters of people, to steal their peace and joy and keep them in bondage!

 He knows how to play on people’s weaknesses and push the right buttons, in order to create: Competitiveness (Mt 20:20-24)  Peer pressure (Gal 2:11-13)  Pride (Mt 25:33)  Covetousness ( Mt 19:21-22) Our reputation (Gal 2:6), and comparing ourselves with others (2 Cor 19:12).

 These ways prevent the real us from coming forth! They mask our true identity!

 The Greeks had a word for this. They called it ‘Hypocrite’! A hypocrite was an actor who covered his/her face with a mask when playing various roles. 

 When Jesus told His disciples in Gethsemane that they would all deny Him and be scattered, Peter boldly replied, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” (Mt 26:33)

 Peter proclaimed twice with vehemence that he would not deny Jesus and if it came to it would die with Him! (Mt 26:34-35)

 We all know the outcome of the story! When the pressure came on Peter, he capitulated and swore he didn’t even know Jesus!

 This was hypocritical behaviour of the worst kind! But who of us at times have not done or said similar things!

 So often, we know we are being a hypocrite but feel powerless to change the masks! We are like a chameleon continually changing colour to blend in with our surroundings!

 Only the grace of the Lord Jesus can bring inner change that sets us free to be our real selves, so that no matter the peer group or circumstances, people see the unique us!

 The key Greek thought of the word grace is: The divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life! This divine influence is the life of Jesus within.

 As we feed upon (meditate) Him in His word, we will experience the masks dropping away and our behaviour being influenced by His life. A life that exalts and brings honour to His name!

 Then the new YOU, the real YOU, will come forth in strength, power and beauty!

Meditation Point: Only the life of Jesus (the living word) within is powerful enough to change the life of the flesh and replace it with the life of the Spirit!

 

 


 

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