March 17th

“But now being made free from sin, … ye have your fruit unto holiness” (Rom. 6:22)
                        When a wound becomes infected it gets filled with pus, but when it heals you find the old flesh getting fry gradually and new, clean flesh forming. In the same way when the life of the Lord Jesus comes into us, old things like hatred, malice, jealousy and enmity dry away and new attitudes appear in their stead (Col. 3:8-10). That is why we read, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering” ( verse 12). There virtues come by themselves when the power of resurrection works within us. Everyone who has wronged you, you will have a desire to forgive. God’s love will come into you and make you forgive others and will keep your heart free from bitterness and hatred. Heavenly peace will fill your soul. Your heart will be full of gratitude to God and you will end every day with thanksgivings as you constantly remember how the Lord Jesus Christ suffered for your sins and forgave you. This threefold union with the Lord Jesus Christ, in His death, burial and resurrection will fill our lives with His divine power of resurrection and make our lives like Aaron’s rod that budded, and brought forth almonds.
                        Now let us see what almond stands for in the Word of God. “Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what sees thou? And I said, I see a rod of and almond tree. Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it” (Jer. 1:11,12). Whatever God declares in His Word, will be fulfilled one day. Whatever has proceeded from the mouth of God must come to pass. His Word cannot fail (Psa. 33:9; 148:5). Thus, resting upon His promises which never fail and by being filled with divine life, we can serve God in newness of Spirit.