New Creation

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

You are a new creation in Christ.

This statement is not past tense. It doesn’t say you were a new creation the second you got saved and from that moment you have been getting old again.

No, the Word says you are a new creation. Present tense.

What does God want to today?

He wants to create a new thing in you.

A new mentality.
A new habit.
A new hope.
A new attitude.
A new love.
A new life.

You don’t have to be caught in the momentum of past habits or past regrets, past failures or past mistakes. The past is over. You don’t live there. You live here and now in Christ.

Let go of “what-if’s” and embrace the possibilities with Jesus in “what is”.

That doesn’t mean your perfect but that you are present and open to live new, now.

Are you caught in the doldrums of “what if’s”?

What letting go of the past mean to you?

You are a new creation.

May you live fully in Christ today and discover the wonder of new things He wants to do.

Habits


We all have old habits that we want to get rid of.

The thing is, you have had those habits for so long and they are so ingrained that you do it without even thinking It is almost unconscious.

That kind of habit takes an enormous amount of energy to reform or get rid of but in Christ it is possible. It might take almost as long to unlearn as it did to learn but you can unlearn it.

However there is a particular old habit that Jesus is more concerned about than the one you are thinking of.

It is a habit that belongs to your old nature: you desire and even expect to get your way in everything and work to make sure that it happens. Maybe even unconsciously, you maneuver to manipulate circumstances or people to make your way possible.

“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:1-2‬ ‭MSG‬‬

It IS human nature but you have a new nature in Christ. You have been recreated in Him. The old has gone, the new has come.

But old habits die hard.

When we struggle, we think it is because God doesn’t love us. In reality, it might be that He loves you so much He is using the stressful opportunity at hand to break an old nature habit.

The old habits of your old nature are sabotaging your freedom to live in your new nature.

Getting your way makes you feel secure. Except your way hasn’t really worked out has it?

When you feel insecure, instead of harking back to old habits, make a new habit of seeking God and asking Him to show you how to think like Him in it.

Old & New

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Every day can be a new beginning. Or it can be the same old, same old.

You choose.

Whether you have been walking with God for twenty minutes or twenty years, he has new things to show you, new things to grow in you, and new things to discover with you today.

You are a new creation in Him.

Are you living in that truth?

What is stopping you?

What “old” thing needs to go?

What will launch the new work God wants to do in you?

Is it a matter of obedience? Do It.

What “new” thing do you need to begin walking in?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

Let the old be go.

Focus on the future and who God has called you to be- everyday, a new creation.

The Old Habits

We all have that one old habit that we want to get rid of.

The thing is you have had it for so long and it is so ingrained, you do it without thinking. It is almost unconscious.

That kind of habit takes an enormous amount of energy to reform or get rid of.

It is possible.

And it might take almost as long to unlearn as it did to learn.

However, there is an old habit that Jesus is more concerned about than the one you are thinking of.

It is a habit that belongs to your old nature: you desire and even expect to get your way in everything and work to make sure that it happens. Maybe even unconsciously, you maneuver to manipulate circumstances or people to make your way possible.

It is human nature. But you have a new nature in Christ. You have been recreated in Him. The old has gone, the new has come.

But old habits die hard.

When we struggle, we think it is because God doesn’t love us. In reality, it might be that He loves you so much He is using the stressful opportunity at hand to break an old nature habit.

“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him.

Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way.

Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.” (‭1 Peter‬ ‭4‬:‭1-2‬ MSG)

The old habits of your old nature are sabotaging your freedom to live in your new nature.

Getting your way makes you feel secure.

Except your way hasn’t really worked out has it?

When you feel insecure, instead of harking back to old habits, make a new habit of seeking God.

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New Way Out

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I drove into San Francisco with my husband yesterday morning. After a delightful day in the city, we began to drive out of the city.

But was many people have discovered, it is a lot easier to drive into San Francisco than it is to drive out of it. Especially for those of us who don’t know how. Every street was new to us, we didn’t know where it went or where it might lead.

After feeling like we were going in circles, we pulled up iMaps on the phone and plugged in the audio to come through the radio. Soon a new route was made and directions were given to us.

We obeyed the voice and turn by turn onto unknown streets, we began to exit the city. We trusted that if we followed the directions, we would get to were we wanted to be: home.

If I lived in the city, it wouldn’t have been such a mystery on how to get out. I would have followed the roads I knew, the ones I would always take. But I don’t live there. It is new territory for me and because of it, I depended heavily on iMaps voice.

That is exactly what we do in life: when were are in a new area where we have no experience, we lean heavily on the guidance of God to show us how to go. But in the areas we know, we do what we have always done and take the roads we have always taken. It’s like saying “that is okay God, I’ve got this- I know the rules, I know the ways, I will get out of this in my own”.

The problem is when you surrender your life to God and ask him to make you a new creation- it is ALL new.

He has ways you don’t know about and places to take you that you have never been. He can only take lead you in or lead you out if you are listening to his voice and leaning on his knowledge.

“But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” (Romans 7:6 NIV)

If you want to learn a new way to live, you must let your old way to live die.

You must obey the voice of God and follow him turn by turn onto unknown paths. He will lead you. You must let your “rules” die and trust that if you follow the new directions that God gives you every day will get to where he wants you to be.

Any place in your life where you find yourself doing what you have always done- stop. Ask God for new directions, a new way out and then listen to his voice then follow it.

New You

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I just wanted to remind you that you are a new creation in Christ. You are being re-created.

You have a past but you are no longer defined by it.

You are not who you used to be or what happened to you or what you did to others.

You are not obligated to continue making decisions according to who you used to be.

Who are you?

You are a sinner saved by grace, redeemed by love and filled with power.

You are a new creation, developing new skills, new dreams, new purpose and new hopes.

You have a future before you that is guided by God, provided by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

You are not who you were but you are on your way to who you are going to be.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)