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January 20, 2017

Forty Days to Flourish: Day 12

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) 

You were made to flourish!  Jesus said He came to give us life – abundant life!  One translation of John 10:10 says “… more and better life than they ever dreamed of!”  Are you experiencing that kind of life? The life that Jesus came to offer you and me is nothing short of His own!  Without Christ, man is dysfunctional.  We were created to be inhabited by our Creator!  It’s only when we are in Christ that we can be made a new creation as our verse this week says.  What does that mean?  When Adam sinned, the life he forfeited was not just physical, but spiritual.  God told him that, in the day he ate of the forbidden fruit, he would die.  Although he would not physically die until years later, he died spiritually and hid from God.  Man has been hiding ever since.

The Bible calls Jesus “the second Adam.”  Think about it.  Adam came into a perfect world and, yet, sinned.  Jesus came into a sinful world and was perfect!  Jesus shows us what God intended man to be.  He lived the life God intended man to live, in perfect relationship with His Father!  When we receive the Lord Jesus as our Savior from sin, God restores in us the life that was forfeited by Adam!  As we abide in Christ and He abides in us, we can experience abundant life, more and better life than we ever dreamed of!  We can flourish when we are in Christ!

“… the old has gone, the new has come.”