Our Daily Bread 16 June 2022 || ODB for Thursday – Devotional

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Our Daily Bread 16 June 2022 || ODB for Thursday – Devotional
Our Daily Bread 16 June 2022 || ODB for Thursday – Devotional

Our Daily Bread 16 June 2022 || ODB for Thursday

READ THURSDAY ODB DEVOTIONAL, OUR DAILY BREAD 16TH JUNE 2022 WRIITEN BY KIRSTEN HOLMBERG (OUR DAILY BREAD MINISTRIES)

TOPIC: New DNA in Jesus

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:17–24

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.

18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.

19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

Our Daily Bread 16 June 2022 || ODB for Thursday – Devotional

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned

21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

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Our Daily Bread 16 June 2022 || ODB for Thursday || ODB KEY VERSE

Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:24

BIBLE IN A YEAR: Nehemiah 4–6, Acts 2:22–47

Our Daily Bread 16 June 2022 || ODB for Thursday INSIGHT

In view of what God has done through Christ in choosing, redeeming, and predestining believers in Jesus to be His children (Ephesians 1:3–14), Paul exhorted the believers in Ephesus and us to “live a life worthy of [His] calling” (4:1). The apostle commanded them and us not to live ungodly and immoral lives that defined our past (v. 17). For now that we know Christ, we’ve been given a new life (vv. 21–24); we’re a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Reminiscent of Genesis 1:27, this new person is “created to be like God”—truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24). To live the new life is to “put off your old self” (v. 22) “and to put on the new self” (v. 24). We’re to “put to death . . . whatever belongs to [our] earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed” and to “clothe [ourselves] with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:5, 12).

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Our Daily Bread 16 June 2022 || ODB for Thursday MESSAGE

Chris had his blood retested four years after his lifesaving bone marrow transplant. The donor’s marrow had provided what was needed to cure him but had left a surprise: the DNA in Chris’ blood was that of his donor, not his own. It makes sense, really: the goal of the procedure was to replace the weakened blood with a donor’s healthy blood. Yet even swabs of Chris’ cheeks, lips, and tongue showed the donor’s DNA. In some ways, he’d become someone else—though he retained his own memories, outward appearance, and some of his original DNA.

Chris’ experience bears a striking resemblance to what happens in the life of a person who receives salvation in Jesus. At the point of our spiritual transformation—when we trust in Jesus—we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus encouraged them to reveal that inward transformation, to “put off [their] old self” with its way of living and to “put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22, 24). To be set apart for Christ.

We don’t need DNA swabs or blood tests to show that the transforming power of Jesus is alive within us. That inward reality should be evident in the way we engage with the world around us, revealing how we’re “kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave [us]” (v. 32).

Our Daily Bread 16 June 2022 || ODB REFLECT & PRAY

How has Jesus changed you inwardly? How does that inward reality show in the way you engage with those around you?

Jesus, thank You for making me new and giving me a new life in You.

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Our Daily Bread 16 June 2022 || ODB for Thursday . Our Daily Bread Ministries (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr. Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread. our daily bread booklet.

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