I remember the excitement I experienced when I repented of my sin a few short years ago and became enlightened to the fact that my life had been truly changed and I was, proverbially speaking, made "brand new". Once I got off my knees in prayer, the sun seemed a little brighter and sky seemed so blue. I felt as if a boat load of guilt, shame and sin had truly been lifted off my back. I felt lighter and happier. I felt a peace of mind and deep sense of relief from being forgiven for all my past sins. I had experienced a new Spiritual birth by God's grace through faith in Christ. Jesus said, ...Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:5
After many years of sensing how spiritually unclean I was because of the deeds of my old life; I, miraculously, now felt clean and so brand new! What a beautiful treasure I have received! The Bible says, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
I was so sick and tired of constantly being defeated by my sin, myself and the devil that when I heard that Christ had the power to deliver me, I was so ready to do whatever needed to be done just to be free! How God could love us and give so much for us; and how Christ Jesus would give his own life for us to be free from the bondage of sin - is just beyond my comprehension. Christ took my old filthy life of sin, misery and shame and exchanged it for his new and much more abundant life of righteousness, peace and joy. One chorus of a song says, "I'll tell you the best thing, I ever did do – was to take off the old life and put on the new." Now, years later, my new heart and life are preserved and kept pure by the power of God and his precious Holy Spirit. I do not desire the old habits of my old life. I long for walking only in the newness of my new life in Christ. In this new life, I have a new way to conduct myself and a new path to walk upon.
My conduct now, is holiness unto the Lord each day. My new path is one of light and it is perpetually lit with the lamp of God's word. I can say as David said in the book of Psalm, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
My new life I can fully embrace and live now, only because I have a new mind, a new heart and a new spirit. The Bible says, ...put off ...the former ...the old man... And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and... put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24
A new heart also will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you... I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgements and do them. Ezekiel 36:26-28
I am convinced that when God makes all things new, we as his children are completely equipped to live out his divinely designed plan for us. It is God's plan and desire that we serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness all the days of our new life. As God performs new things in our lives, he calls for us to let go of old ambitions, old habits, old ways about ourselves, old friends and their old sinful influences, old negative thoughts about ourselves and others, as well as our old ways of worldly dress and old worldly slang talk. God is faithful and committed to teach us how to walk in the newness of this glorious life if we surrender to all his will, obey his word and pray without ceasing. The best life to live is the one that is simple, pure and sweet. The life in which all things are made new and all things are of God is the only life worth living!
-Pray for me,