[CF Devotionals] 2015-10-28 - Renewal Process

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When we are in the autumn season, in particular, we get a literal picture of how life changes, as it is displayed to us. Certain trees proceed back into dormancy, with the leaves changing in color, before they are set free and drop to the ground. The temperatures start to get cooler. First it happens mainly at night, and then it’s cool and blustery more often during the day, as well. Other parts of the natural forest renewal process are decaying trees that have already fallen from some of those summer storms, moss and fungus growing in different places. The wind also plays a part, by moving the fallen leaves to various places, too. All of these natural occurrences take place in such a beautiful and painless way, showing us how it’s all part of something much bigger. The forest is full of different forms of life, created to work together in a perfect way. In the Autumn, a larger influx of decomposable materials enters the mix. (According to recycleworks.org: Composting is nature's process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil known as compost.) Then the renewal process, that has us soon back to Spring blooms and fresh green leaves, is well on its way. Life and death are seen as equally important and valuable in the process, too. All of what takes place is necessary.

Death is also necessary, physically, to obtain life in the spirit, so there is a necessity similar to the forest renewal. First Jesus made a sacrifice for us. Then we choose to die to ourselves, in thought and in action, as he did. Then there’s also the fact we have to leave the flesh, in order to obtain the full spiritual connection with our maker. Just as the seed has to die to then become a plant, we have to make our final change, to receive our spiritual bodies. What a glorious day we have, coming soon!

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalms 51:10)

“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

“And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;” (Ephesians 4:23)

“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:” (Colossians 3:10)

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:23-25 NIV)

Deborah

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