2 Corinthians 5:17 - Conversion is

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) Therefore, if 
anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The 
old has gone, the new is here! 


Changing Our Nature
   My dog Molly and I arent getting 
along. The problem is not her personality. A 
sweeter mutt you will not find. She sees every 
person as a friend and every day as a holiday. I 
have no problem with Mollys attitude. I have a 
problem with her habits. 
   Eating scraps out of the trash. Licking 
dirty plates in the dishwasher. Dropping dead 
birds on our sidewalk and stealing bones from the 
neighbors dog. Shameful! Molly rolls in the grass, 
chews on her paw, does her business in the wrong 
places, and, Im embarrassed to admit, quenches 
her thirst in the toilet. 
   Now what kind of behavior is that?
   Dog behavior, you reply.
   You are right. So right. Mollys 
problem is not a Molly problem. Molly has a dog 
problem. It is a dogs nature to do such things. 
And it is her nature that I wish to change. Not 
just her behavior, mind you. A canine obedience 
school can change what she does; I want to go 
deeper. I want to change who she is. 
   Here is my idea: a me-to-her transfusion. 
The deposit of a Max seed in Molly. I want to 
give her a kernel of human character. As it grew, 
would she not change? Her human nature would 
develop, and her dog nature would diminish. We would 
witness, not just a change of habits, but a change of 
essence. In time Molly would be less like Molly and 
more like me, sharing my disgust for trash 
snacking, potty slurping, and dish licking. She would 
have a new nature. Why, Denalyn might even let 
her eat at the table. 
   You think the plan is crazy? Then take it 
up with God. The idea is his. 
   What I would like to do with Molly, God 
does with us. He changes our nature from the 
inside out! I will put a new way of thinking 
inside you. I will take out the stubborn hearts of 
stone from your bodies, and I will give you 
obedient hearts of flesh. I will put my Spirit inside 
you and help you live by my rules and carefully 
obey my laws (Ezek. 36:26"27 NCV.). 
   God doesnt send us to obedience school 
to learn new habits; he sends us to the 
hospital to be given a new heart. Forget training; he 
gives transplants. 
   Do you understand what God has done? He 
has deposited a Christ seed in you. As it grows, 
you will change. Its not that sin has no more 
presence in your life, but rather that sin has no 
more power over your life. Temptation will pester 
you, but temptation will not master you. What 
hope this brings! 
   Its not up to you! Within you abides a 
budding power. Trust him! 
   He who began a good work in you will 
carry it on to completion until the day of Christ 
Jesus (Phil. 1:6 NIV.). God will do with you what 
I only dream of doing with Molly. Change you 
from the inside out. When he is finished, hell 
even let you sit at his table. [Max Lucado Daily 
Devotional at maxlucado.com] 


People who put their faith in Christ are 
brand-new people inwardly. The Holy Spirit gives them 
new life; they are no longer the same. We are 
not reformed, rehabilitated, or reeducated - we 
are re-created, living in vital union with 
Christ (Colossians 2:6-7). At conversion, we don't 
merely turn over a new leaf. We begin a new life in 
a relationship with Christ. [One Year NLT SB 

   When you put your trust in Christ to save 
you, he made you a new creation. You look the 
same on the outside, but on the inside"in your 
heart"you have been transformed. You may say, "I don't 
feel that much different. In fact, I don't even 
act that much different." You may wonder if 
maybe this new faith "didn't take" somehow, or if 
you missed out on something.  
   You didn't miss anything. Just as a 
person grows physically"growth that is 
imperceptible from day to day"so it is with spiritual 
growth. You are just now beginning the spiritual 
growth process. It's going to take some time and 
you may not see big changes on a daily basis. 
But over the course of time, you'll begin to see 
those transformations in your life. Through Bible 
reading and prayer, you will discover some changes 
God wants you to make or areas of service to 
which he is calling you. As you respond to him, 
you will get to know him better. And you will 
grow as a result. The desire to respond to 
God"to sense his leading and obey him"is part of 
the fruit of salvation. [The One Year Bible for 
New Believers] 


   Two hours away from our own front door we 
traveled completely around the world. We didn't miss 
a continent. From Paraguay to the Congo. From 
the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania into the 
tropical rain forests of Malagasy, across the Indian 
Ocean to mysterious Malaya. Then it was the tundra 
of the Arctic Circle, Scandinavia to 
Mesopotamia, Egypt to China, Manchuria to Siberia. From 
the icy heights of the Himalayan peaks, across 
the vast outback of Australia, on deep into the 
tangled jungles of New Guinea . 
   By bus.
   In only forty-five minutes.
   We ooohd and ahhhd our way through every 
conceivable scent, sight, and sound. Nothing was the 
same, except the small familiar sign that kept 
popping up on the trails and the trees: Please Don't 
Feed the Animals. 
   You guessed it. The famed San Diego Zoo 
earned another blue ribbon. Where else can a family 
hear the shrill scream of peacocks running free, 
touch an elephant's snout, study in detail the 
colorful crest of a rare cockatoo, look into the 
ceaseless stare of a silvery gray koala perched on the 
forked branches of a eucalyptus, or stand eighteen 
inches from a cobra  all in one afternoon? I'll 
tell you, it makes the child come out from inside 
us. As we marvel at God's handiwork among His 
creatures, we gain a renewed respect for His creative 
genius. Who else could ever come up with a 
fat-tailed gecko? Or the two-toned tapir? Or that 
weird, long-tongued okapi . . . part horse and part 
giraffe(!)  with fur like velvet and enormous ears? 
   Above and beyond all this, we had a rare 
treat seldom witnessed in that hundred-acre 
nucleus of Balboa Park. It was so unusual that our 
salty guide was suddenly mute. We happened upon a 
newborn. Can't remember the four-footed species, but 
the tiny thing was no more than two minutes old. 
There it lay out in the open. Still curled as 
though in the womb. Wet, wide-eyed, and flop-eared, 
that awkward, fuzzy ball of new life was blinking 
at its very first glimpse of dirt, rock, sun, 
and water. Standing over it was its mama, fresh 
blood on her strong hind legs as she proudly 
licked away the afterbirth and the cord. The other 
animals? Hardly a second glance. They milled around 
totally unconcerned. 
   We could stay no longer. We had to "stay 
on schedule," so we roared off, leaving a 
choking cloud of diesel exhaust in our wake. 
   Many moons have passed since that 
memorable episode, yet I can't get over the analogy. 
What happened down there is an amazingly accurate 
scenario of what happens every day around our world. 
Not physically, but spiritually. Not among caged 
animals, but in human hearts. Whether in Madagascar 
or Monterrey, Zaire or Zurich, Belfast or 
Birmingham, as traffic swirls by and the pace increases 
and pressure mounts  a new birth from heaven 
suddenly transpires. For some, it's in the heat of 
the day and for others it happens toward evening 
or in the dead of night. Some newborns take 
their first breath in a small church on a 
windswept hill after hearing the simple yet stirring 
story of the Savior's death. Others are in a 
lonely prison cell sitting beside a radio. Still 
others are on a campus surrounded by a few 
Christians who care. 
   God steps in. Unannounced, He bursts into 
the soul, bringing forgiveness, cleansing, 
peace, a whole new perspective and dimension. He 
calls it "eternal life." And the newborn? The 
Scriptures paint the same portrait for all newborns: 
   a new creature  old things passed away 
 new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17) 
   New hope. New attitudes. New feelings. 
New direction. New destiny. The newborn shakes 
his head, blinks, looks around at his first 
glimpse of new life, and he can hardly believe it. 
And the world? Why, of course, it rushes on. 
Unconcerned, busy, preoccupied; it has to "stay on 
schedule." Someone's eternal new birth has occurred. 
Although it doesn't attract a second glance from 
those standing around, God's kingdom is being 
silently enlarged. 
   It happens every day in our vast world. 
It even happened today. For all you know, maybe 
two minutes away from your own front door. 
[Chuck Swindoll www.insight.org.] 

Transformation and Process
   Remembering the scene from the Netflix 
series The Crown still gives me chills. Princess 
Elizabeth's father has died, making her Queen of 
England. As she changes into a black mourning dress, 
she reads a letter from her grandmother, 
offering wisdom as she steps into her new role: who 
she used to be will always battle her new self, 
but in the end, "the crown must always win." 
   I've followed Jesus since childhood, but 
only recently have I grasped what it meant to 
become a new person in Him. When my husband left 
and my life changed overnight, I had to put away 
the person that easily gave in to hopelessness 
and fear, and call on Jesus to make me tougher 
than I felt. Almost six years later, on the other 
side of trauma and heartbreak, I was a stronger, 
healthier, more confident woman whose faith had become 
solid. The old me still tried to win occasionally, 
and at times my new life felt foreign. In those 
moments, Jesus sent friends to remind me that these 
changes were good. Unlike Elizabeth, whose new self 
was a result of royal lineage, I'd become - and 
continue to become - a new creation as a result of 
His kindness and grace. 
   "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is 
a new creation ..." Jesus makes us new the 
moment we accept Him, but transformation takes a 
lifetime, even when we are forgiven, saved, and 
longing to be different. When we begin to see His 
work change our lives for the better, we desire 
for His strength to rule. by Jeanette Hanscome 
[Mornings With Jesus 2019 Devotional by Guideposts and 

Crippled by the Past?
   On the television series Fixer Upper, 
which ran for five seasons, Chip and Joanna Gaines 
would choose an old house in Central Texas and 
give it a new beginning. Sometimes the house was 
for a young couple getting their first home, and 
sometimes it was for a retired couple looking for 
somewhere new. Joanna, the designer, came up with 
amazing plans, and her husband, Chip, the builder, 
implemented them. When they were finished, it was hard 
to believe that it was the same house. 
   Have you ever wished you could start over 
again, maybe in your marriage  maybe in your 
relationship with your children  maybe with friends? 
In a way you can, because 2 Corinthians 5:17 
says, If anyone is in Christ, he is a new 
creation; old things have passed away; behold, all 
things have become new (NKJV). 
   As the J.B. Phillips translation puts it, 
For if a man is in Christ he becomes a new 
person altogether - the past is finished and gone, 
everything has become fresh and new. 
   God can do that for your life. You say, 
Its messed up. Its broken down. Its 
falling apart. 
   It can become new and fresh in Jesus 
Christ. It tells us in 1 John 1:7, But if we walk 
in the light as He is in the light, we have 
fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus 
Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (NKJV). 
Notice it says all sin - not just some sin. 
   You, too, can have a new beginning. It 
can start now. It doesnt matter what time of 
the year it is. It can all change because of the 
blood of Jesus Christ. You dont have to be 
crippled by your past anymore. You can put it behind 
you. [By Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 

Mangled Earrings
   I once was wearing a favorite pair of 
gold earrings which were large and square with a 
smooth, shiny surface. While I was on the telephone, 
one fell off. When I backed up my wheelchair, it 
wasn't on the floor. I wheeled into the hallway to 
look for someone to help me, and immediately I 
felt a clunk-clunk. The gold earring was impaled 
on my tire. My friend plucked it off, but it 
was a mangled mess. 
   I asked a jeweler, "Sir, could you please 
make the crumpled earring look like this nice 
one?" He rubbed his chin and replied, "Lady, 
forget it. But I can make this one" - he pointed to 
the smooth earring - "look like your smashed 
one." It was an option I hadn't considered. After 
a few minutes of hammering, I had a unique 
designer-original: a pair of crinkled gold earrings that 
reflected even more light than before! 
   When God allows hammering and hurting, he 
is purposing to transform us into something new 
and different. Like those earrings, we are the 
same, yet poles apart. Best of all, we are better; 
we are closer to reflecting the light of Christ 
because of our weakness. The jeweler at the mall 
could turn a flawless earring into a mangled one, 
but only God can take a mangled life and change 
it into a life that reflects the flawless 
perfection of his Son, Jesus Christ. One day the 
hammering process will cease and we will perfectly 
reflect the image of our Savior. 
   Someone has said, "God ruthlessly 
perfects whom he royally elects." In what way have 
your hopes or dreams been smashed? Agree with God 
to hold on to his wisdom and grace through the 
hammering. It'll be a change for the better. 
   Lord Jesus, I believe you are 
transforming me into someone far more beautiful, more 
complete than if I had never experienced pain. I 
trust you with the hammer! [Joni Eareckson Tada 
Daily Devotional: 


What Kind Of Goggles Are You Wearing?
   With their big eyes and huge pupils, owls 
have amazing night vision. Scientists believe 
owls can spot a mouse running across a field 
under just a bit of candlelight. (But that begs 
the question: What's a candle doing in a field?) 
If we wanted to see as well as an owl in the 
dark, we'd need a pair of night-vision goggles. 
Night-vision goggles were invented during World War II 
and helped soldiers spot danger in the dark. The 
technology has changed over the years, but basically 
the goggles gather and amplify any available 
light. Some newer goggles can even work in total 
blackness, because of an infrared illuminator. As you 
look through the goggles, the images appear 
green, because the inventors knew the human eye is 
extra sensitive to that color. 
   The military frequently uses night-vision 
technology. Many police forces also rely on the goggles 
to track down criminals in the dark. But anyone 
can buy a pair of night-vision goggles for less 
than $200 to well over $2,000 - depending on how 
high tech you want to get. 
   Everybody wears goggles. They might not 
be night-vision goggles, but we all see the 
world through a particular "lens." When you pray 
to ask Christ into your life, you become a new 
creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). At that moment, its 
like you put on "God-vision goggles. You stop 
seeing things the way you used to and start seeing 
them through God's lens. Instead of looking at 
purple mountains' majesty, you now see God's 
majesty in magnificent mountains. Instead of a tiny 
white blood cell, you see God's design for 
protecting your body against disease. 
   As a Christian, you naturally view life 
through a Christian worldview. Scientists and 
scholars who don't believe in God see things 
differently. When people choose to assume there is no 
God, they miss seeing God's handiwork in the 
world around them. 
   When you read articles and books written 
by various experts, remember to think about the 
kind of goggles these writers wear. As you read 
and learn more about the Bible, you can test and 
approve what is right or wrong according to God's 
Word. Some scholars only want to disprove the 
Bible - no matter what the facts say. They can't 
see God's light, because their goggles block it 
out. Embrace the best information. Make sure your 
goggles are tuned into seeing the light in the 
darkness. [Case For Christ For Kids by Les Strobel] 

Treasure Hunt
   Many people saw Jesus as a man. He was 
certainly an unusual man, but in their eyes, still 
just a man. They didn't understand the cosmic 
conflict behind the scenes, the spiritual 
significance of His work, or the divine source of His 
words. They regarded Him from a worldly point of 
   That was a mistake. Spiritual eyes see 
differently, and some people saw clearly enough to 
recognize Jesus for who He is. Jesus demonstrated this 
kind of vision by calling Peter a rock long 
before Peter acted like one, by recognizing 
Nathanaels sincerity before they even met, and by 
seeing the potential of a woman with a bad 
reputation. He saw with spiritual eyes, which rarely 
agree with the superficial vision we so often 
apply to each other. He looked into hearts and 
recognized true identity. 
   We have to learn to do that too. In the 
Kingdom, we have to ignore natural perceptions and 
see the truth of each other's identity. We no 
longer define people by their past or even by their 
present. We anticipate their potential in Christ. We 
no longer consider only the exercise of their 
natural gifts but also the quality of their faith, 
through which God can do wonders. We see children as 
mighty people of faith, the poor as privileged 
experts in depending on God, the quirky and 
eccentric as those who are free to follow the Spirit 
rather than being enslaved by the opinions of human 
beings, the servant-hearted as great in the Kingdom 
of God. We don't measure with worldly 
measurements; we measure with the heart of God. 
   Cultivate true vision. Hunt for treasures 
in people rather than looking for flaws. 
Instead of seeing what someone has done, see instead 
what God can do in them. Before you were a new 
creation, you were potentially a new creation. 
Everyone in the world falls into one of those two 
categories. Learn to look past the old and see the new. 
[The One Year Heaven On Earth Devotional by Chris 


   I am the risen One who shines upon you 
always. You worship a living Deity, not some 
idolatrous, man-made image. Your relationship with Me is 
meant to be vibrant and challenging, as I invade 
more and more areas of your life. Do not fear 
change, for I am making you a new creation, with old 
things passing away and new things continually on 
the horizon. When you cling to old ways and 
sameness, you resist My work within you. I want you to 
embrace all that I am doing in your life, finding 
your security in Me alone.  
   It is easy to make an idol of routine, 
finding security within the boundaries you build 
around your life. Although each day contains 
twenty-four hours, every single one presents a unique 
set of circumstances. Don't try to force-fit 
today into yesterday's mold. Instead, ask Me to 
open your eyes, so you can find all I have 
prepared for you in this precious day of Life. (Mat. 
28:5-7; 2 Cor. 5:17) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


Christianity elevates every human experience 
into a new relationship, designated by the term 
in Christ. [SDA Bible Commentary] 







1st of 28: Divine Dining: 
2nd of 28: Pictures of the Divine: 
3rd of 28: A Dirty Bible: 
4th of 28: Cared For: 
5th of 28: Saved: 
6th of 28: You Can Change: 
7th of 28: Reprogramming Our Brains: 
8th of 28 Our Holy Father: 
9th of 28 Gifts of Service: 
10th of 28 The Holy Spirit: 
Live ongoing series in progress.


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred