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01/18/2019

Behold, I Make All Things New

  • Behold, I make all things new, announced God in Revelation 21:5.
  • O sing to the Lord a new song, begin Psalms 96 and 98.
  • I give you a new commandment, says Jesus in John 13:34.
  • I am about to do a new thing, says God in Isaiah 43;19; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
  • So if anyone is in Christ, writes Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:17, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

Behold, I make all things new—that was our theme in worship on December 30.  We pondered what new name God wants to give us (see Isaiah 62:2-4).  And instead of simply making a New Year’s Resolution, we asked God to give us new wineskins—new habits, new attitudes, new ways of living--to receive the new life God gives in Christ. 

Too often we settle for faith simply as a way to cope with our same old (sometimes miserable) lives; or worse yet, we use faith to cling to what is old instead of embracing  something new.  But Jesus did not come to help us hold on to our same old lives.  God longs to give us new life in Christ. 

So how do you pray for your life to be new this year in Christ?  What behaviors, attitudes and feelings do you want God to change in you?  What circumstances do you long for Jesus to make new?  How can your life become a container for the grace and mercy Jesus gives?  Don’t settle for the same old, same old.  God makes all things new!

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