Day 14 – My God Is… Summer Bible Challenge

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 30:1-31:21; Romans 15:1-22; Psalm 25:1-15; Proverbs 20:13-15 (Click here to read today’s passages online.)

Once a woman in my 20s and 30s, far from God, I fully embraced being defined by the illusion of my youth and the things I acquired. Influencing others with my appearance made me feel important, maybe even powerful. Stupidly I put my hope and worth in my looks only to be dragged down more and more each year by gravity’s pull. Gravity is not my friend, y’all.

Today I’m a woman in my 40s chasing after my God. In this season all the new clothes, make-up and hair color can’t camouflage the effects of middle age settling in. I know, I know, gray hair is supposed to be my crowning glory, gained by living a righteous life. God’s Word says ageless beauty is that of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of the greatest value in God’s sight (1 Pet 3:4). But truth be told, I’m wrestling with getting older. It appears that I’ll continue paying a small fortune every 6 weeks to cover my crowning glory as long as I have hair to dye.

But really there’s no hiding it in the long run. Looking reality squarely in the mirror each morning, I’m forced to put my hope in the only One who has the power to cover-up my flaws completely. How can God make someone old new again you ask?

Answer: The Good News is it has nothing to do with surgery.

Under the NEW Covenant, He imparted the best NEWS a Gentile woman could ever receive. You and I, as sinners and non-Jews, are made new through the blood of the Lamb. The Good NEWS came in the flesh of a Jewish Messiah. He died to make us NEW and to give eternal life to all people who believe. Because of His sacrifice on Calvary we can approach and commune with the Holy One of Israel. Sisters, there’s no better NEWS!

Today’s Word in Romans says:

I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God, made holy by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:16)

Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors. He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them. (Romans 15:8-9)

He began a new thing in me and you the moment we first believed. Consider these gifts the Ancient of Days bestows on each one of His beloved daughters:

-He makes us a NEW creation

For if a man belongs to Christ, he is a new person. The old life is gone. New life has begun. 2 Corinthians 5:17

-He gives us a NEW mind

Do not act like the sinful people of the world. Let God change your life. First of all, let Him give you a new mind. Then you will know what God wants you to do. And the things you do will be good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

– He gives us reNEWed strength

Now the God Who helps you not to give up and gives you strength will help you think so you can please each other as Christ Jesus did. Romans 15:5

-He gives us a NEW attitude

Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Ephesians 4:23

And get this ladies, there’s a happy ending to my struggle with aging. He’s given us a promise no plastic surgeon walking the face of the earth can offer.

-He will give us a NEW body like His body of shinning-greatness

He will change these bodies of ours of the earth and make them new. He will make them like His body of shining-greatness. He has the power to do this because He can make all things obey Him. Philippians 3:21

To that I shout, Hallelujah!

Guest blog by Shannon Cooper, 1 Step Closer Ministries

Lord Jesus,

I believe that You are doing a NEW thing in me right now. I know that when I submit and decrease distractions, You have room to tear down and replace my sins with abundant blessings. You sent your Spirit to work a new attitude in me that my marriage would grow stronger when I respect my husband. You promise to develop a new spirit in me that I may be a mother and friend who pours Life into her children and peers. Father, thank you that Your Words are new and fresh everyday. I praise You and proclaim Your fame forever.