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Devotional for Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Today's Prayer Note from The Navigators:

The Navigators - Europe
Please pray for Navigators teaching and discipling in countries throughout Europe. Pray for hearts to be open to the love of Christ.

Transforming Power

Today's Scripture: Romans 6
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And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. - 2 Corinthians 3:18

The closer we got to the airport in Monrovia,West Africa, the more agitated the man became. He was sitting in the row in front of my wife and me. When we landed in Sierra Leone--the last stop before Monrovia--he went to the flight attendant and asked if she had any rubber bands.

"No," she said, "we have no use for them." So during our short stop in Sierra Leone, he went up and down the aisle asking people if they had a rubber band. I had no idea why he wanted one, but I looked in my briefcase, and found two.

When the man returned to his seat, I handed the rubber bands to him. Boy, did that light up his face! He told us that on his trip to Europe he had bought a shirt but had forgotten to check the sleeve length. He feared what his wife would say if he stepped off the plane with shirt sleeves hanging down over his fingers. We watched him take off his suit coat, adjust the sleeves using the rubber band, and put the coat back on with a look of satisfaction on his face.

"Now I am a well-dressed gentleman," he said in broken English. Amazing! Moments before, the man had been ashamed of himself, standing there as a poorly-dressed klutz. But with a slight "rubber band" adjustment, he was transformed into a well-dressed gentleman.

That's a picture of what happens when we become Christians. One moment we are lost sinners on our way to hell. The next moment--when we receive Christ and the Holy Spirit comes to live in us--we become a child of God and joint heir with Christ.


Lord, thank You for Your amazing transformation in my life, based on my faith in the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ for my sins. Amen.

To Ponder

How has the Holy Spirit living in you transformed your life?

The text for this devotional comes from the NavPress book Daily Discipleship, which features devotionals taken from radio broadcasts by long-time Navigator LeRoy Eims. For more information or to order a copy, visit the NavPress website.

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