We serve a God who creates; a God who re-creates, a God who renews, who restores, who refreshes, who revives, who resuscitates; A God Who Makes Things New
He is a God whose steadfast love never ceases, whose mercies never fail; rather, they are made new every morning, with the dawning of every single new day.
God says, “Behold, I make all things new.”
As we enter into a new year, we want to focus our hearts and minds, through Scripture and song, on the God who makes new and on the new life He has given us in Jesus Christ.
Through Jeremiah, God promised to make a new covenant with His people.
Through Isaiah He declared, “Behold, I am doing a new thing.”
To make this a reality, God sent His Son
Jesus came with a new teaching; teaching with authority. Even His enemies said, “This is new; this is unprecedented; no one ever spoke like this man.”
The new wine of the Gospel could not be contained in the old wineskins of the Law; new wineskins would be needed; the wineskins of grace and truth.
Jesus spoke a new commandment.
Jesus spoke of the new birth.
His apostles would describe this new birth as the creation of a new self that is clothed with Christ and led by God’s Spirit; the old self dies and is buried; the new self is raised to walk in newness of life – just like a newborn baby
The old things have passed away, behold new things have come!
We share in the blessings of God’s new covenant, with a better priest, a better sacrifice, and better promises.
In Christ we have a new mindset, a new agenda, a new set of values
We have the hope and promise of a new heaven and a new earth, the new Jerusalem, where we will receive a new name and sing a new song. The former things will be no more.
The One who sits on the throne says, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
As another new year begins, let us continue committing ourselves to:
Walk with God more devotedly
Love Him more dearly
Trust Him more deeply
Receive His grace more freely
Praise Him more adoringly
Talk with Him more intimately
Feed on His Word more regularly
Obey Him more consistently
Follow Jesus more closely
Listen to Him more carefully
Accept His promises more trustingly
Share our faith in Him more courageously
Sense the Spirit’s presence and power more keenly
As a result, may we:
Treat one another more kindly
Speak to one another more graciously
Listen to one another more attentively
Respond to one another more compassionately
Serve one another more humbly
Bear with one another more patiently
Forgive one another more readily
Defend one another more valiantly
Give to one another more willingly
Trust one another more implicitly
Lord, let it begin with me!
Submitted by Tim Pyles