A New Year…A New Us Each New Day. Each day we are blessed with the grace to begin each day with new beginnings. What matters is this present day and our outlook for this day. As a Christian, we are able to start over each morning, no matter what happened the previous day or what may happen the next day. We are forgiven. We are overcomers. We are more than conquerors. We are becoming more and more like Jesus each day! As brothers and sisters in Christ, we have the opportunity to begin afresh as we arise. We have the ability to grow with each opportunity that presents itself throughout the day. We are graciously given the Holy Spirit to direct, guide, and teach us each new day and to help us grow, to learn, and become more like Jesus.
“When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!” 2 Cor. 5:17 (TLB) When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we automatically become a new person. Instantly, all of our sins are washed away. We immediately are made new. All this is true, so believe, because God’s Word says so and He is the Almighty powerful One.
“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?…” Isaiah 43:18-19 (MSG) Many times our past, guilt, and unforgiveness gets in the way of our new focus on the new thing that God is doing. Forget the past, forget what happened yesterday and live this new day we are blessed with. Making mistakes and bad choices are all part of life for everyone and all part of the growing process for each one of us. It is how we react to those decisions and what we learn from them and whether we apply our new knowledge to help us with today that matters. We are free in Jesus. Our past sins no longer hold any guilt, bondage, or shame within us. If we know and believe God is doing a new thing in each of us each new day, then we ought to know He is working with us and for us and will help us each day to become more like Him, righteous and holy.
that, regarding your previous way of life, you put off your old self [completely discard your former nature], which is being corrupted through deceitful desires, and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation]. Eph. 4:22-24 (AMP)
When are hearts are changed by the acknowledgment of Jesus being our Lord, our actions, thoughts, and behavior also will change. Sometimes it is gradually done and at times these changes will quickly be noticed. All these changes and reformation of our beings is in God’s hands and His timing. These changes will manifest and continue to do so until we are reunited with our Father in heaven. Be patient. Renewing takes time. We need to trust God and His timing. “Be still before the Lord; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him…” Psalm37:7 (AMP) Sometimes while we wait on God for changes, it is tempting to give up or try to fix ourselves or others on our own. Many times we exhaust ourselves and get frustrated. While we wait, He will strengthen us. He will refuel us. He will refill our joy and patience – all while we await. But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] will gain new strength and renew their power; they will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not grow tired. Isaiah 40:31 (AMP)
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know Gods will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NLT)
We are all renewed in Christ every new day. Let us be patient and understanding with our brothers and sisters. We are all a work in progress. God is working with each one of us and knows what is best for us. “Don’t tell lies to each other; it was your old life with all its wickedness that did that sort of thing; now it is dead and gone. You are living a brand new kind of life that is continually learning more and more of what is right, and trying constantly to be more and more like Christ who created this new life within you. In this new life one’s nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant; such things mean nothing. Whether a person has Christ is what matters, and he is equally available to all.” Col. 3:9-11 (TLB)
An important way we can display our acceptance and love for our Lord and that we are anew is by obeying God’s command to love one another. I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another. John 13:34-35 (AMP) “Now I ask you, lady, not as if I were writing to you a new commandment, but [simply reminding you of] the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love and unselfishly seek the best for one another. And this is love: that we walk in accordance with His commandments and are guided continually by His precepts. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should [always] walk in love.” 1 John 1:5-6 (AMP)
Thank you for a new year. Thank you for a new us each new day. Thank you for the opportunity to become more like you each moment we live by your grace. Thank you Lord for each morning we awaken and are alive and can display your love. Thank you for the rest and restoration in you and the patience to wait on you Lord. You know what is best and thank you for the trust, hope, and faith we have in you. You are almighty and wonderful and love us so much. Thank you for caring for and loving each one of us as much as you do. Amen.