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Welcoming In The New!
There was a couple who were sitting with their marriage counselor for their first session and the good doctor asked them to identify what seemed to be the root of their problems. The wife responded, “It all started when we thought it would be cute to think up each other’s New Year’s resolutions.” Well, that could be a recipe for a disaster!
What is your resolution for 2019? Some people want a new body- get more exercise or lose weight. Some are tired of the old- out with the old- in with the new. They want to get a new acquisition- a new car, a new home, new clothes etc.
Last year you may have said, “I am going to grow in my relationship with God. I am going to pray more, read my Bible more and get more involved with my church. I’m going to spend more time with my friends and family.
The list could go on and on. The fact is, all of us perhaps made some mistakes or bad decisions that hindered us from doing those things that we wanted to do.
Ezekiel and Jeremiah, faithful hearers and accurate speakers of the word of God, proclaim a newness in the midst of the most discouraging circumstances.
Through them God says, “I will give you….
A new heart
A new spirit
A new covenant
“A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit I will put within you.” Ezekiel 36:26
“I will make a new covenant…. I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. Jeremiah 31:31
Are you ready for that stony heart to be healed? Are you ready to allow the Lord to create within you a new heart? He can and will make you whole again if you will come to Him. The good news of the gospel is this- God says, “I want you to have a fresh start in life, I want you to have a new beginning, I want to do something new in your life.”
In John 10:10 Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” Then he goes on to tell us that there is an adversary, called the Devil, that seeks to steal, kill and destroy that life. The devil will remind us of our past in order to keep us from enjoying the life that God gave us to live.
My prayer for you at the beginning of this New Year is that you will receive the gifts of God. A new heart that is open to His love, a new spirit through the power of the Holy Spirit and a new covenant relationship with God for a new beginning!
“If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creature: old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Pastor Barry Taylor