If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Grace and peace to you fellow sojourners! Did you grasp that verse wording? OLD things have passed away, and NEW things have come. What a fantastic gift praise God.
As we retrieve our latest calendars and behold the old year being eclipsed by the new, let’s remember with a fierce tenacity that with the Lord every day is a new day; a fresh beginning. Are His mercies not new every day (Lamentations 2:22-23)? I encourage you to begin this day and this year anew by possessing eager anticipation to BE new. May I suggest such a newness that you are unrecognizable by those closest to you. The momentum indeed is not found by merely evaluating our slack dietary habits nor by increasing our less than enthusiastic physical exercise patterns but found by an honest appraisal of the very condition of our heart towards the things of God.
Perhaps Paul recalled, “Do not call to mind the former things; pay no attention to things of old” (Isaiah 43:18) when he said if anyone was in Christ he was a new creation.
“For I will create a new heaven and a new earth; the past events will not be remembered or come to mind” (Isaiah 65:17). I surmise that this is what God intended when He creates the new. The new things are not added to the old; the old things pass entirely away. Shall this be our mindset as we apply 2 Corinthians 5:17 to our reality in this ‘new’ year? I am a new creation IN Christ. The old things HAVE passed away, and they will NO LONGER be a defeating thought or even come to my mind as something I cling to, or even behaviorally or emotionally respond to. I say this by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in me, amen.
Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to possess an accurate knowledge of Christ that has the power to alter me, my judgments, my manners, and make me new. Therefore, I repent and turn away from my sins so that they may be wiped out, and season of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19). Repentance makes me a new creation and cleanses me from all unrighteousness. Amen.
In His grace,