Renewed Not Wasting Away
Satan is sneaky. The apostle Peter describes him as a roaring lion, prowling around looking for someone to devour at any unguarded moment. (1 Peter 5:8)
But Jesus gives life and gives it abundantly. (John 10:10)
James 1:17 says every good and every perfect gift comes from above. Good gifts are from God the Father. We can count on it, he never changes.
The apostle Paul writes about what we are gaining day by day. He says although we may be wasting away outwardly, inwardly we are being renewed. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
When I tear my attention from my own image and my loss, I see evidence of this renewing process. Trust in Jesus has given me peace and contentment that wasn’t there when this body was younger. And when I focus on him and his strength, rather than on myself, I have renewed energy for the life he has given. My welfare is secure. My God has planned a life of hope and has given me a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
There is no reason for me to listen to the god of this world, who is a liar and who steals what he can. My citizenship is in Heaven. (2 Corinthians 4:4, Philippians 4:4) I’ll fix my eyes and my thoughts on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith. (Hebrews 12:2) That will never be stolen from me. (Romans 8:38-39)
- Fix your eyes on Jesus.
- Trust in his strength and renewing power.
- Remember and be grateful for his good gifts.
- Share stories of renewal with those tempted to look too long into the mirror of defeat.
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