All Things New

by Brenda Kuseski

Last week, Pastor Brian inspired us to anticipate our future in the New Jerusalem, the home being prepared for us.  Some time ago, Callie Redfield led a great prayer meeting as we prayed about all the “new” things God has given us. This week, reflect on these things that the Bible tells us God has made new:

 A New Self—“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self…to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  Eph. 4:22-24

“[You] have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator…Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”  Col. 3:8

A New  Commandment—“A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  John 13:34

One New Man—[speaking of the separation between Jews and Gentiles] “His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility.”  Eph. 2:16

A New Life—“Then the high priest and all his associates…arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.  But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison and brought them out.  ‘Go, stand in the temple courts,’ he said, ‘and tell the people the full message of this new life.’”  Acts 5:17-20

A New Heart and New Spirit—“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”  Ezekiel 36:26-27

New Treasures/New Wine—“Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”  Matt. 13:52   “Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins.  If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.  No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”  Matt. 9:17

This week, meditate on these NEW things God has promised for your life; let them renew your joy!

 

Becky WarnerComment