The Newness!

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Sunrise, flower buds, childbirth, January 1st, are all signs of life and newness.

They are all indicative of a fresh start. But over time, the sun will set; the bud will become a flower, then a fruit and it’s gone; a child grows and eventually dies; every new year will give way to another, just as the newness of the year 2017 has waned. Newness of this sort is sure to be affected by the passage of time.

In time, everything new gets old.

But not so for the newness that comes with accepting Jesus as Saviour and Lord – it is both progressive and eternal.  This is the newness that is referred to as being born-again (1 Corinthians 5:17) – the newness that is not adversely affected by time, instead it gets better, like wine.

Physically, new becomes old. But the newness in Jesus remains new and gets better. This is only possible through the Holy Spirit.

“…’not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”
(Zechariah 4:6).

Also,

“Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil (old self) is taken away. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like Him [new continually] as we are changed into His glorious image.”
2 Corinthians 3:16 (NLT) (Zechariah 4:6).

You can download a booklet on how to live the Spirit-filled life here

Our world desperately needs ‘new’ people. Young men and women who are in a growing relationship with Jesus;  whose minds are renewed daily by God’s word, the Bible, not without the unmistakable beauty of godly, purposeful and authentic living.

This is God’s will for you and me. He wants to use our youthful exuberance, abilities and relationships to make a lasting impact for eternity. Please do not put off making the commitment to a life of total devotion to Jesus and complete obedience to the Holy Spirit.

If you make yourself AVAILABLE, He will make you ABLE.

What do you think about this kind of newness?

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Devotions & Discipline

Devotions
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Early at dawn
Daily as time moves on
Diligently, don’t laze, keep on
Consistently, you can, so go on.

Deny yourself early, in the morn.
Deny yourself daily, on and on.
Deny yourself diligently, till its done.
Deny yourself consistently, till life’s gone.

Yield yourself early, before the sun.
Yield yourself daily, just like the Son
Yield yourself diligently, all distractions shun
Yield yourself consistently, by the Spirit, not brawn.

Jim Elliot said, ‘He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.’

The unwavering commitment to God’s word (reading, study, meditation, memorisation) and prayer (confession, adoration, thanksgiving, supplication) is the rewarding investment for a full and satisfying life.

Newness

It’s been quiet here for a long while. My ‘weekly posts’ goal has not been met for exactly one month. I am trying to climb out of the rut I find, better still, landed myself in. In the meantime here’s a blast from the past. Sorry, blog post from the past. This reblog though is slightly different from the original.

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Sunrise, flower buds, childbirth, January 1st, are all signs of life and newness.

These are all indicative of a fresh start. But over time, the sun will set; the bud will become a flower, then a fruit and it’s gone; a child grows and eventually dies; every new year will give way to another, just as the newness of 2015 has waned. Newness of this sort is sure to be affected by the passage of time. In time, everything new gets old.

But not so for the newness that comes with accepting Jesus as Saviour and Lord – it is both progressive and eternal.  To be born-again is to be new (1 Corinthians 5:17) – a newness that is not adversely affected by time, instead it gets better.

But how does one consistently live the new life in Christ and grow to become a better person?

The answer is the Holy Spirit. Victorious Christian living is only possible in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is “…’not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty (Zechariah 4:6). Also, “Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil (old self) is taken away. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like Him [new continually] as we are changed into His glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:16 (NLT) 

You can download a booklet on how to live the Spirit-filled life here

Our world desperately needs people who fit the above description. This is God’s will for you and me. He wants to use our youthful exuberance and abilities to make a lasting impact for eternity. Please do not put off making the commitment to a life of total devotion to Jesus and complete obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 

If you make yourself AVAILABLE, He will make you ABLE.