God is making all things new, not all new things!

imagesRevelation 21:5 says, And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new ” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

Isaiah 65:17 says, “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.”

Ephesians 4:22-24 says, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” 

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It’s been almost three weeks since the calendar started over, time for the gyms to clear out and resolutions to fade, but I wanted to continue in that spirit of starting over, of not letting it fade…

 

New and fresh beginnings are great. A slate wiped clean, literally or figuratively, feels great. An Etch-a-Sketch is shaken and clean after all sorts of squiggles and smears. The turning of a page in a notebook in order to capture a well intended TO DO list or maybe fresh thoughts and ideas, all representative of you.

The concrete substance remains the same – the Etch-a-Sketch or the notebook – but the content gets a new lease on life. Note – God is making all things new, not all new things! Same with the New Year. We are all still here on earth but the clock restarts in a matter of speaking. New goals, new months and a chance to regroup and restart. Same with our lives. The old is dead in Christ, the new has been promised and is ours to claim. We don’t revive the old dead ways of yesterday, instead we get to claim and take possession of who we are in Christ. Christ IN us, not the old us in us. His life given to dwell in us, awakening us to the true us!

God gave us a “new year” of sorts with Jesus. In Ephesians 4, we are reminded of the gift received through the sacrifice made at the cross. Jesus died for ALL of us, all our sin, corruption and general humanness, in order to give us life. A life promised to bring us back into union with our Father. A gift we dare not leave unopened. Gifts at Christmas, a new start before New Years. How perfect.

Jesus wants us to see and receive the fullness of His life, given up for us. If you think you might be missing part of the story…the part that says this is a gift, even for YOU, then start this New Year with a new perspective, one that shows you your worthiness for a new life, a new beginning brimming with the promises of God. Each verse above is for YOU…not to mention, every single one in the most amazing book ever written! If you are into resolutions, consider asking yourself if you are excited about new years and the idea of a fresh start. If so, ask yourself “why?” For me, I realize just how much I am wired to want to be more and more like Him. I want and I long for a clean heart, a new life and fresh beginnings. Every day is a new day when my life is aligned with my Maker’s. Ask him how to see your life and everyones’ life as fresh and new, starting with a simple prayer asked in the most sincere way you know and then believe He will come for you as you wait expectantly.

Happy 2016 and every abundant year that follows.

Father, I long to start anew with you. Come close, Father. Show me who I am in You. Show me how to celebrate New Years every day. Show me Your love for me and remind me of the story of Jesus and the tender sacrifice You gave for me. Tell me this story through Your loving mercies for me and for all Your children. I am Yours, let me know You as You long to be known.

Comments

  1. Marge Thompson says:

    Thanks Amy – inspirational reminder, well crafted! Continuing to keep you and your family in my prayers.

  2. Cheryl Bertrand says:

    Amy, thank you for this post. The words spoken through you are a blessing I needed to hear. “All things new, not all new things”