Friday, July 7, 2017

A New Creature

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians:17)

The new man and woman is a work wrought in the spirit. Therefore, the "new" is not at all dependent on the old. God is not bound by the past when He shapes us for the future. He does not have to re-invent us, to clean us up, or re-outfit us. We are not re-creations, but new creations, and the new man is not hindered by old considerations. God does not need the permission or approval of anyone in our past to bless and help us in the present and future, because he alone is our God and Provider. What the Lord is going to do with us is not dependent or determined by our experience, nor does He take heed to our résumé or qualifications. He does the new thing in us according to His own will and counsel, not according to what we've done, good or bad. We must learn to see ourselves in the light of God's sovereignty, not our history.

For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. (Hebrews 8:7)

The Lord is too wise and shrewd to ever pour new wine into old wineskins, so we can only go forward with Him when we cut ties with yesterday's relationships, methods, and ways of thinking. We often hold on to temporary things as if they are eternal, and we regard eternal things as temporal. That is a grave mistake, because what God is going to do is entirely separate from what He did in the past. Let the Holy Spirit refresh you with a new heart and mindset. Look ahead and not back (this takes a tremendous amount of effort, but it is worth it). Set your eyes on Jesus, put your hands to the plow and don't look back. Your best days ahead of you.

Let's Pray - Dear Father, thank You for making me new and setting me free from the baggage of my old life. I will praise You with the renewed vigor of a new man. Amen.

2 comments:

  1. Such a great word..
    Thank you Pastor Eric..

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  2. New every morning!!!! NEW!!!! Brand new!!!!! Great is HIS faithfulness. Holy Spirit thank for leading me into the truth. Father I am grateful for your patience and longsuffering with me. Oh how wonderful you are to me.

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