Worship Devotions

Your spiritual past doesn’t have to determine your spiritual future

"...for you have been born again, not from perishable seed, but imperishable, through the word of God which lives and abides forever." 1 Peter 1:23

Every person on the planet has a spiritual heritage- even if it is a bad one. Whatever your past is- that’s what it is. You can’t change the decisions you made any more than you can change the decisions someone else made that affected you. Spiritually speaking, however your past affected your human soul in the natural, the effects have become part of your spirit as well. Yet, unlike your natural DNA, which cannot be altered, your spiritual DNA can absolutely be transformed. In fact, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says exactly that: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” The phrase “new creation” there refers to the same process as a metamorphosis– the transformation of one creature into an entirely different one, even at the molecular level.

The “imperishable seed” Peter wrote about is that which is born out of the Word of God. No matter what your spiritual heritage from the past is, you have a role in the spiritual DNA of others- believers and non-believers alike- based on how you live out the Word of God. “…which lives and abides forever” Peter wrote. It is how we plant our spiritual heritage in the next generation that becomes the spiritual heritage of “imperishable seed”.

No matter what your spiritual heritage from the past is, you have a role in the spiritual DNA of others- believers and non-believers alike- based on how you live out the Word of God.

When you worship God, you testify as a first-hand witness of what God has done. Psalm 145:4 says, “One generation shall praise your words to another.” You were given a spiritual heritage in Christ, a new DNA, that supersedes anything the world could give you. And just like you were given a spiritual heritage, you are also giving one- to the next generation: Your children in the natural world, and that which you give in the spirit to those around you is a direct result of your lineage in Christ.

Thought for today

Do you realize the impact you have on the world around you- without even realizing, or intending it to be so?? You may not feel like someone of importance or visibility, but that’s a lie from Satan. You are being watched. Here’s your challenge: Be intentional. Be deliberate. Live out loud in your faith and especially in your worship. Let the spiritual heritage you give to the next generation of believers be on purpose- infuse them by your example with faith, character, growth, strength, determination, joy and victory.

“Imperishable seed” is that which comes from the Word of God. Worship with purpose, with passion. Slay that flesh on the altar and it will inspire faith in those who see you, who want to run after Christ like you.

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