October 20th 2010

Making Things New

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new…”
Revelation 21:4-5 (KJV)

We all enjoy receiving new things, new toys, new clothes, new cars, going to new places we’ve never been to before and especially new babies, whether human or animal.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) tells us, “…that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives” (Romans 6:4 NLT).

To help us to do this, God gives us a new heart. He says, “I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart” (Ezekiel 36:26 NLT).

“Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him.  In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or Gentile, circumcised, or uncircumcised, barbaric or uncivilized, slave or free,  Christ is all that matters and He lives in all of us.”  (Colossians 3:10-11 (NLT).

“Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.  Instead let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.  Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”  (Ephesians 4:22-24 NLT).

So, “…give yourself completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life” (Romans 6:13 NLT).

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for giving me a new life. My heart is yours and my life is yours forever. Please help me to always depend on you.
Amen

Study by Jill Newman 

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