Monday, March 11, 2019
Full reading – John 3:1-21
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
My reflection question is “In what ways has Jesus made me new?” To name a few…
I used to be lonely, even around others. I am no longer afraid of being alone nor am I willing to tolerate unacceptable behavior in desperate attempts to maintain or manage unhealthy relationships.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8
I have gone from being a very negative person full of anger and self-pity to living a life filled with gratitude. Even in difficult times I have learned to focus more on blessings than whatever hardship I’m facing.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:2-5
As a result of seeking God’s will for my life, opportunities for me to develop and use my God given talents have fallen into my lap with no effort on my part.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
I have changed from being insecure and always seeking validation from others to having confidence, not self-confidence, but God confidence.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
I praise you Jesus, for making me a new creature in you. You are the light that makes my path straight. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who guides me and gives me discernment. I give you glory for your example of your self-sacrificing love. You are the Good Shepherd who left the ninety-nine to rescue me. You are the word made flesh and your word continues to refine me and redefine me as I long to know you more. Amen.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:10-12