Proverbs 29 1-29-21

Mary Magdalene was the poster child for humanity. We all need His healing.

6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but [those made] righteous sing for joy and are glad.

In the second episode of “The Chosen,” Mary Magdalene was talking to Nicodemus about her healing. Nic asked her how could this be; she replied, “I do not know, but this I do know: I was one way, but now I am completely different, and the only thing in between was Him [Jesus].”

How about us? Were we one way and now are we completely different? We may say, “but I didn’t have seven demons living in me.” Actually, we have something much worse: our flesh! Beth Moore says that her own flesh is twice the enemy Satan ever thought about being! Even the apostle Paul fought a losing battle with his sin nature,

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. Romans 7:15, 18-20.

Paul then gives us the answer to his—and our—plight:

24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

What came between how we were and how we are now? Jesus! I don’t see how anyone can meet Jesus, trusting Him for salvation, and walk away unchanged. Even today, as we spend time with Him in prayer and Bible study, as we walk along life’s road with Him, we are transformed. In fact, it is the very point of our salvation to become just like Jesus.

Let’s live the transformed life as we continually acknowledge and yield to the presence of Christ in our hearts and lives.

Abba, I was young when I met You, but I knew right away that I was different because You had come to live in me. Even today, I am changing, becoming more and more like You in true righteousness and holiness as I put off the old self and put on Your new self (Ephesians 4:22-24). May I never quit allowing You to transform me into Your image. Amen.

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