Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
You have been made new. You have been given a new life in me. Your old life has passed away; it is dead and gone. You are my new creation. Was I changed all at once or will I continue to be changed? You know the answer to that question. You were changed all at once and you will continue to be changed until the day we meet face to face. Then you will become like me because you will see me as I am. I thought I was becoming like you now. Yes, you are becoming like me now. Now you see in part. Then you will see me face to face. Now you know in part. Then you will know in full.
I welcomed you into my life. Did you welcome me all at once or will you continue to welcome me into your life every day as you follow me? That sounds a lot like the question I just asked you. Yes, it is. I will answer your question in the same way that you answered mine. I welcomed you into my life all at once and I will continue to welcome you into my life every day as I follow you. Yes, you will.
I will be changing you, day by day, as you continue to welcome me into your life. I will continue to make your life new every day as you follow me. Have you noticed how I have been changing you? Yes, I have noticed that you have been changing my heart, transforming my mind and guiding my life. I’m thinking new thoughts. I’m feeling new feelings. I’m doing your will. I’m following you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. Yes, you are.
What are some of the new thoughts and feelings I have given you to think and feel? You speak to me, every day as I meet with you in your word. I never know what you are going to say to me. I never know what you are going to show me. Following you is a journey and an exciting adventure. But, I’m not sure how to answer your question. Go ahead anyhow. The priorities of my heart and mind have changed. The focus of my life is different. How so? I am no longer living for the pleasures and the comforts of this life. I want to think your thoughts. I want to feel your feelings. I want to do whatever pleases you. At one time I tried to follow, obey and serve you because I thought I must. Now, I follow, obey and serve you because I love you. Of course, the reason I love you is because you loved me first. You continue to show me your love. Yes, I do. In response to your love I want to love you right back. So, it is no burden for me to love, follow, obey and serve you. The desire of my heart, mind, and life is to love you with all that is within me. That is how my heart and mind and life are being changed. This is the new life that you have given to me. Yes, it is. That is my answer to your question. That is a very good answer.
Lord, thank you for giving me a new life and fresh start. My old life has passed away and is dead and gone. You have made me into a new creation. Make my life new every day as I continue to follow you as my Savior and Lord. Amen
Key Question…What are some examples of what is alive and part of your new life you have in Jesus Christ?
Living It Out… Leave your old dead life behind to follow Jesus Christ in the new life He has given you to live with Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that Jesus Christ has made your old life dead and gone so that you can live a new life in Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how Jesus Christ is continuing to make your life new on a daily basis.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you live the new life that Jesus Christ has given you to live as you follow Him as your Savior and Lord.
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