Day By Day

In II Corinthians 4:16, the Apostle Paul wrote: “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, our inner man is being renewed day by day.”

We looked previously at how a Christian does not become holy all at once, in a crisis experience, but in the “process” of sanctification, “day by day.” (See devotion on that topic here).

But this should also lead us to consider our daily walk with the Lord. If our inner man is to be be transformed spiritually “day by day”, then we should ask ourselves: am I indeed participating in this process “day by day”?  Am I spending time in God’s word each day? Am I spending time in prayer daily? Am I daily confessing and repenting of sin, and allowing God’s Spirit to make the changes that He desires to make in me each new day?

It is one thing to claim the overall process of this verse, that God is making you gradually more holy each day that you live and walk with Him. But we also need to realize that this gradual process of sanctification will not just “happen.” We have to participate in that process each day.  Are you indeed doing that? Are there specific things you are doing each day to work with God in His process to make you more holy “day by day”?  What are you doing as a part of that process TODAY?

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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