In Perspective

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There is something spiritually renewing about the Fall season.  As I witness the colors of the Fall leaves, I noticed a remarkable thing. They remain brilliant even as they are dying.   The change of the leaves from bright springtime green to colors filled with the reds, browns and the golden colors of autumn remind me that there are some things that must die that others might live.  Was this part of the master’s plan for humankind to see in his creation the spiritual regeneration of our lives?   We do know that God is a God of purpose, for” to everything there is a purpose”. We were created and designed for purpose.

It was in the beginning that God created something from the nothingness of the void.   1” In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1.   From emptiness God created all things for his purpose.  So I have to believe this season has its purpose of reminding us of the regeneration of our lives.

Even in the death of the spring time green that once adorned the trees, there remains a beauty in the death of that which must die that it might live. Even in the horrific crucifixion and death of our Savior there remains the beauty of resurrection.  This is the resurrection that we can now claim as our own.  I cannot bear to think of the actual brutality of the crucifixion but I can rejoice in the purpose.   Now we have received the grace that allows for the death of all that we once were.  In that dying process we have the hope of a new birth, a new life in Christ. With that is the promise of the eternal life of our Spirit. 5 “Jesus answeredMost assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” John 3:5 (NKJV)

No longer are we of the flesh but we are born of the spirit.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:6    We have died to the flesh and become new creatures in Christ.

Allow those things in your life that must die to die. “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. “1 Corinthians 15:50   Once we allow the corrupt things to die and accept the regenerative promise of Christ we become the new creature declared, in 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new .The Rebirth and re generation into the family of our Sovereign God.

What things in your life do you continue to perform CPR on that should be allowed to die?  As the old things fall away in the autumn of your Spiritual life remember it is only then that the new things can be born.

It is from the nothingness, “without form, and void; and darkness,” that we once called life, that God created something.

Prayer:  Father, help us to recognize those things that must die (sin) that we might live in you.  As we come to know and recognize these things, please allow us to grow in the knowledge and truth of the new life you have created in us. 

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