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Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

2 Corinthians 4:15-16

"For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.  Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day."

Did you catch the last phrase in today's Scripture?  “Our inner man is being renewed day by day."  In a day when some people are using face lifts, tummy tucks and botox treatments to disguise the aging process, the advance cannot be halted. 

Paul is pointing out to the church at Corinth that "our outer man is decaying."  We may slather on all manner of putty, cream or salve to fill the cracks and blemishes, but underneath the truth remains.

Almost every week, Joyce and I watch the Gaither Homecoming program on TV. In one episode there was a tribute to George Younce, who sang with the Cathedral Quartet for many years.  Bill was telling how George was an encouragement even when he was experiencing major health problems. 

Bill related that one time George had called Bill and sang a little song about an elderly man who had married an elderly wife without really knowing her. On their wedding night the couple went to their hotel room and the wife began to get ready for bed.  She took off her wig and placed it on the chair.  Next she removed her teeth, placed them in a glass on put them on the chair. Next she removed a glass eye and, yes, she placed it on the chair.  Finally she removed a wooden leg and it too went on the chair.

The new bride looked at her new husband and asked if he was coming to bed?  He replied; "No dear, I am going to sleep on the chair—there is more of you there!"

Our physical body may be aging, but for the believer our inner man (the spiritual part of our being) should be growing more and more each day.  This spiritual growth should be evidence of our walk with the Lord.  There is an old song of the church that best illustrates this point: “Day By Day”.

Verse One

"Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here; 
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear. 
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each what He deems best--
Lovingly, its part of pain and  pleasure
Mingling toil with peace and rest."

Verse Three

"Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy Holy Word. 
Help me Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
'Til I reach the promised land."

As we are being renewed day by day, I pray that we will come to the realize that our hope is not in this world.  We have a hope and a calling to be mighty in spirit. As we are renewed in His own image we become more and more a blessing to those around us.  We can be the motivation for others to be renewed in their spirit and give thanks to the Lord.

Blessings dear hearts! Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

--- Pastor Cecil


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