Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - April 16, 2008

Good morning,

Our devotion for today comes from Colossians 2:7 (LB) "Let your roots grow down into Christ and draw up nourishment from Him.  See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth." 

Wherever you are today, meditate on this; when people see my likeness in my daughter, it pleases me.  God wants His children to bear his image and likeness, too. 

The Bible says, "You were created to be like God, truly righteous and holy."  Let me be absolutely clear: we will never become God, or even a god.  That prideful untruth is Satan's oldest tempation. Satan promised Adam and Eve that if they followed his advice, "ye shall be as gods."  Many religions and New Age philosophies still promote this old lie that we are divine or can become gods.

This desire to be a god shows up every time we try to control our circumstances, our future, and people around us.  But as creatures, we will never be the Creator.  God doesn't want you to become a god; He wants you to become godly, taking on His values, attitudes, and character.  The Bible says, "Take on an entirely new way of life, a God fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces His character in you."  God's ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. 

Have a blessed and developing day!

Your brother in Christ,
J. H. Flakes, III


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