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when newness isn’t easy


Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. – Isaiah 43:18-19

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

“if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17.
That is, when we trust in Christ, God gives us a permanent fresh start, an everlasting new beginning, regardless of what we’ve done or who we’ve been. Our deep desire to “begin again” is satisfied once and for all because of what Christ has done for us on the cross.

(pause)

If you have tried and ‘failed’ enough, you’ll know how hard it can be when newness comes knocking——Here’s to saying yes to the newness of today and embarking on the adventure of the moment that God’s inviting us into.

C. S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity: “God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature.”

New, unimaginable changes await all God’s children because God promises a new, unimaginable power.

Because God has given us a new beginning, a new family, a new purpose, and a new power, let us celebrate true newness tonight. And in doing so we will point a watching world to the only One who can “make all things new.”

PRAY

God of gracious transformation; when I’m too afraid to accept Your newness, lift courage from the mire within me, and help me take the first step.

How do you feel led to pray?