You Are a Man of God Being Transformed to Be More Like Him Every Day! This brand-new 2020 daily devotional focuses on the theme of transformation. Every day for an entire year, you will be encouraged by scriptures and devotional readings that celebrate being made new creations in Christ; becoming more like Him in your thoughts, actions, and attitude; that He makes all things new; the transforming power of prayer; how God can transform situations according to His plan; and how to cultivate courage as God continues to change the world to follow His will. In these pages you'll find challenge, inspiration, and spiritual encouragement as you grow in your faith all 365 days of the year.Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
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Wednesday, January 1 New Year's Day
ARE YOU LIKE ADAM?
Then God said, "Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us."
Genesis 1:26 NLT
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Who doesn't enjoy wandering through the woods, looking out over the desert, walking along an ocean shore, or standing on a prominent hill just before sunset?
God's handiwork shines everywhere you see the beauty of nature. What you see now, however, is dulled and damaged by the ravages of thousands of years of sin.
Imagine what Adam must have experienced when he first viewed creation fresh from the Creator's hand. Every tree Adam climbed, every lion cub he stroked, every rock he skipped on the Tigris River must have radiated something of God's glory. But no plant, animal, or jewel compared with the wonder of Adam caring for the Garden, conversing with the Lord, and listening to his wife's first songs.
The wonders of nature have immense worth because God created them. But the human race holds an incredible place of honor within the universe (Psalm 8). Why? Because you are made in the image of God.
Of course, sin has ravaged more than nature. The entire human race has been infected with this fatal disease.
Thankfully, through Jesus Christ you can receive forgiveness of sins and the sure hope of new, eternal life.
Lord, transform me. Like Adam, I am created by You and endowed with dignity and worth. This year, I want to become a nobler man.CHAPTER 2
Thursday, January 2
ARE YOU LIKE EVE?
And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.
Genesis 3:21 NLT
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Meet the woman who gets blamed for everything. "If only Eve hadn't eaten the forbidden fruit." Not that Adam helped matters any! Who knows what life would have been like without the original sin? But Bible readers do know what life is like afterward. And, like Eve, you know that God will not forsake you when you sin.
As soon as Adam and Eve ate the fruit, they experienced the bitter aftertaste of sin — exposure, shame, and physically painful consequences. Quickly, God also gave them the taste of forgiveness. Later, after a sobering discussion, God would give them coverings for their physical nakedness.
First, though, God gave them hope for their souls. His forgiveness did not undo the damage, but He promised that one day the serpent and sin would be defeated by the Lord Jesus. In the meantime, despite the presence of sin and death, humanity would continue — with Eve becoming the mother of all people.
Your sin brings pain to you and others. Like Eve, you can be confident that God will do more than just forgive you. In fact, the Lord promises one day to remove the curse from the ground (Romans 8:20–23) and live with His people once again in the garden of eternity (Revelation 22:1–2).
Lord, transform me. Like Eve, I know for certain that You forgive even the worst of sins.CHAPTER 3
Friday, January 3
ARE YOU LIKE DAVID?
A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.
Title of Psalm 3 NIV
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Why was David a man after God's own heart? Perhaps because David's every heartbeat pulsed in rhythm with God's own. Few thoughts crossed his mind that did not find their way to David's Lord. His conversation with God was rarely put on hold and never abandoned with disinterest. No matter what happened to David, God was the first to hear about it.
David called out to the Lord for mercy when his reputation was attacked (Psalm 4:1–2).
He pleaded with God for compassion when he was weak in body and sick of heart (Psalm 6:1–3, 6).
He expressed marvel and wonder as he spent the night under the sky — and told God how he wondered at the exaltation of humanity (Psalm 8:3–4).
He questioned the Lord when he felt like God was far away and wicked people were getting away with murder (Psalm 10:1–6).
David's heart lay open before God in anguish, grief, joy, and exaltation — every emotion expressed to God in prayer. David spoke his heartfelt prayers to God, and later God gave his prayers back to humanity as part of scripture.
Whether you echo David's words, or express your own thoughts and feelings, you can share your whole heart and life with the Lord.
Lord, transform me. Like David, I want to share my heart with You in any and every circumstance.CHAPTER 4
Saturday, January 4
ARE YOU LIKE NOAH?
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the floodwaters began to recede.
Genesis 8:1 NLT
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If Noah had been interviewed by Gallup on issues of morality and godliness, he would have found himself completely outnumbered. To his credit, that did not stop Noah from living a blameless life. For the first five hundred years of his life, Noah kept on doing right in a world that was going very wrong.
Even after God called him to make a boat that would be his means of rescue from the coming judgment, Noah endured another hundred years of standing against the tide of growing violence and hatred. But now he was a public spectacle, building a ship that no one but his family and the animals would choose to enter, no matter how diligently Noah warned his fellow citizens. No one listened and no one cared — and Noah and his family alone were left when the Flood swept the inhabited world away.
In the end, Noah received the approval that really mattered. He found favor with God and salvation from otherwise certain destruction.
Like Noah, you are never so outnumbered that it is impossible to live by faith, pleasing God.
Lord, transform me. Like Noah, I want to live a blameless life, even if I am the only one who does so.CHAPTER 5
Sunday, January 5
HEARING THE BEATITUDES AS A COMMONER
Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: "You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule."
Matthew 5:2–3 MSG
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What if you heard Jesus Christ's Beatitudes as a common person of the time? If you did, what Jesus says almost sounds like a fairy tale. After all, Jesus offers you entry into the realm of God's kingdom. Jesus urges you to happily wait to talk with God, for He will grant your wish. Indeed, you can inherit the earth and enjoy its fruitful bounty. Don't worry that God will tell His angels to toss you out of His kingdom. No, God will show you mercy, invite you into His throne room, and adopt you as one of His children. After that, still greater rewards are yours given your love and courage in the face of persecution. Yes, you will be honored the same as the great prophets of old. Like them, you are now the salt of the earth and the light of the world. So, be courageous and bold so others will see the light and praise God as your Father in heaven.
Only it's not a fairy tale, of course!
See for yourself in today's New Testament Bible reading, Matthew 5:1–20.
Lord, I want to re-embrace the Beatitudes anew today. May they transform me.CHAPTER 6
Monday, January 6
ARE YOU LIKE ABRAHAM?
And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.
Genesis 15:6 NLT
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At about age seventy-five, Abram (Abraham) responded to the call of God on his life. Turning from his pagan past, he repented and put his trust in the one true God.
Here in Genesis 15, Abraham was resting in his large Bedouin-style tent to beat the fierce afternoon heat (compare 18:1) when the Lord appeared to him in a second vision. Taking Abraham outside, the Lord said, "Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. That's how many descendants you will have!" (15:5 NLT).
Of course, Abraham couldn't see any stars — the sun wasn't scheduled to set for a few more hours (see 15:12, 17). Yet Abraham knew the stars, as always, would appear in the sky that night. Just as surely, he believed that God's promise to make him the father of many peoples would come about — at the right time.
Because Abraham believed, the Lord declared him righteous (15:6). Not that Abraham became perfect overnight. Seven chapters later, however, Abraham demonstrates complete, unquestioning trust in God.
As a reward for his faith, God blessed Abraham abundantly — with many descendants, much land, ongoing protection, a great name, long life, and much more.
Lord, transform me. Like Abraham, I am the recipient of incredible blessings when I believe You. How good that I can trust You, always.CHAPTER 7
Tuesday, January 7
SAYING THE LORD'S PRAYER ANEW
"This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven."
Matthew 6:8–9 MSG
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When you get ready to read or say the Lord's Prayer, what's most often on your mind?
Is it God the Father's role in your life — in eternal past? in your conception, birth, and life so far? in your destiny and certainty of living with Him forever?
Is it God the Father's infinite and eternal qualities — His sovereignty (greatness), providence (guidance and goodness), holiness (glory), love (graciousness), and mystery ("God alone knows")?
Is it God the Father's marvelous and amazing grace, mercy, care, compassion, love, joy, and peace as He relates to you?
Is it God the Father's deep and passionate love for you, His child?
Don't miss what He's saying to you right now: "I love you! I'm crazy about you! Open your heart wider and experience My love anew."
Lord, transform me. Renew how I think and feel and respond toward You when I pray, when I read Bible verses, when I read each day's devotional. Help me know that You love me! CH7CHAPTER 8
Wednesday, January 8
OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRANSCENDENCE
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
Psalm 8:3–4 NIV
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When is the last time you felt awe-inspired by the sheer beauty of a sunset? By the magnitude and majesty of the night sky? By the ocean's relentless lapping waves? By the immense grandeur of the Grand Canyon or Rockies or Mississippi or Great Lakes or Appalachians?
Those awe-inspired feelings of transcendence can provoke a number of mixed emotions, including exhilaration, thankfulness, and worship — and also including fear, insignificance, and overwhelmedness.
Thankfully, the psalmist David can relate to many such feelings.
First, David is excited how much creation magnifies the Lord's fame. If God crafted the universe by merely speaking the word, then there is no limit to His greatness!
Second, David is thrilled how God can use anything for His glory, honor, and praise. Even little children!
Third, David is humbled by God's special place for mankind here on earth and later in heaven (and still later in the new heavens and earth).
Every man experiences moments of transcendence, when "awe-inspired" becomes reality. Men will fly, drive, and walk long distances in search of them.
After such moments, where does your heart turn? King David shows the way.
Lord, transform me. When I stand outside at night, overwhelm me with thanksgiving to You.CHAPTER 9
Thursday, January 9
ARE YOU LIKE SARAH?
The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised.
Genesis 21:1 NLT
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It isn't always easy to believe the fantastic promises of God.
For years Sarah had heard about the promised blessings to Abraham and his descendants. Tired of waiting, Sarah had even tried to hurry along the process herself by seeking a surrogate son. All she got for her trouble was more sorrow, distress, and pain.
As each year passed, perhaps Sarah felt less and less a part of God's plan.
Finally, God stepped through the curtain to reaffirm His promise to Abraham and to remind Sarah that she herself would be the mother of this blessed people. Even Abraham, who had taken a knife to his own flesh to show that he accepted God's covenant, laughed to think Sarah could mother a child. No wonder Sarah laughed too when she heard the angels predict her coming pregnancy.
As the baby grew within Sarah, God gave her plenty of time for her faith to grow as well. "How could it be?" became "Come, laugh and rejoice with me!" Part of Sarah still couldn't grasp what a marvelous thing God had done. A baby born from her own body. The promised son of Abraham.
Laughter of disbelief became laughter of delight!
Lord, transform me. Like Sarah, I know You will always keep Your promises.CHAPTER 10
Friday, January 10
EMBRACING THE GOLDEN RULE ANEW
"Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them."
Matthew 7:12 NKJV
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Almost everyone knows the Golden Rule, and knows that Jesus said it, but many aren't quite sure how to live it out.
Four centuries ago the KJV translated the Golden Rule this way: "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." That wording, of course, might be a little hard to explain to family and friends.
One of the contemporary English Bibles does a great job of expressing the Golden Rule this way: "Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them" (Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31 MSG).
Of course, Jesus isn't talking about paying for an extra coffee drink at Starbucks. That's nice, but not nice enough. Remember, Jesus is talking about the kingdom. If you are a citizen of God's kingdom, what is the most loving thing you can do for others?
The most loving thing you can do is to invite others to consider Jesus Christ's Good News. After all, in the past someone shared the Gospel with you. Now would be a great time to pay it forward in love.
Lord, I want to embrace the Golden Rule anew. Transform my heart. Then help me talk about the love of Jesus with someone this weekend.CHAPTER 11
Saturday, January 11
ARE YOU LIKE ISAAC?
Isaac pleaded with the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The Lord answered Isaac's prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins.
Genesis 25:21 NLT
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The young couple beamed as they stood in front of the small congregation, their precious new son in their arms.
On either side of them, their parents looked on with equal pleasure as the minister prayed for their new grandson and dedicated him and his family to the Lord. The baby squirmed and cooed, not realizing his tremendous heritage — his family on one side had served the Lord for four generations, on the other for five.
Isaac's heritage went back only one generation, but it would stretch physically and spiritually for scores of generations to come. Isaac passed on to his sons not just a hope and a prayer, but a real spiritual blessing.
Down through the centuries, Moses and later Jesus spoke of "the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." And that faith passes not just through physical families. Many a man and childless couple, although without physical descendants, have gained spiritual children by passing on their faith to others.
Today, all who believe in God are described in scripture as "children of Abraham," the man of faith. Isaac started passing along the blessing. You can do so as well.
Lord, transform me. Like Isaac, I want to bless generations to come by passing on a spiritual heritage to my family.CHAPTER 12
Sunday, January 12
ARE YOU UNLIKE REBEKAH?
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"Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you."
GENESIS 27:8 NLT
Sometimes it seems as if God purposely sets up obstacles to fulfilling His promises so He then can overcome them and build His people's faith.
Like Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah were childless — a problem when you're supposed to be the parents of "many nations." Unlike Abraham and Sarah, Isaac prayed about their difficulty, and God allowed Rebekah to conceive.
Just as God gave Sarah the promise that she would have a son, so He gave a promise to Rebekah. This time, God promised that her youngest son would not only father a nation, but also rule over his brother. When it came to seeing that promise fulfilled, however, Rebekah became desperate and fell into the same trap that Sarah had fallen into.
The day for Isaac to bless his sons approached. These blessings were not "good luck" wishes but in a real sense would predict the destinies of the two sons. To ensure the right outcome, Rebekah used deceit in an attempt to gain what God had promised.(Continues…)
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