2 Corinthians 5:17 (TLB)
When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!
A normal life is a rut. It is a huge whole that swallows up our dreams and aspirations. It sucks in those ideas and innovative goals that keep us progressively moving through life with purpose. I thought when our son was finally in remission that life would be back to normal. I even began to think that living with cancer might be the new normal. Who wouldn’t? Our son was diagnosed, treated and went into remission but relapsed three more times beginning the fourth when he received a bone marrow transplant. I was a wife, mother, employee, primary caregiver and full-time healthcare advocate fighting for treatment both in the world and on my knees. Secretly in the recesses of my mind, I believed that when it was all over our life would be the same. But it’s not. We are forever changed. Not because cancer did anything to us, but in the process of brokenness – a new life was born.
It has taken months for me to embrace this change. There are days I begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Then some days, I long for yesterday when life was simple and chaotic with a houseful of kids and blaring noise that now seems so silent. With just two children at home our normal has changed, we have changed. This is life as God designed it and planned it. He wants to move us from Glory to Glory. It is a process of death and life over and over again. As those parts of our life not yet secured by faith and hope are challenged to reach higher, deeper and farther for His Plan and Purpose. It can be a painful process. You have everything to lose but oh so much more to gain. I am challenged today to do something new. I want the Lord to comes inside of me and make me a brand new person all over again. This was not my idea but a necessity to continue the process of grace that I live in and achieve the prize of the high calling of God for my life.
John 3:5-7 (TLB)
Jesus replied, “What I am telling you so earnestly is this: Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. Men can only reproduce human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven; so don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again!
Jesus said, “You must be born again!” Water birth is our natural birth that propels us into existence. Spiritual birth propels us into the Kingdom of God. Men can only reproduce human life. The Holy Spirit is the One who gives new life from Heaven. It doesn’t matter what religion, doctrine or lifestyle one chooses, it does not change the fact that we must worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth to get it. These two are partners in the rebirth and renewal process promised by Jesus to His Followers. We live in a seeker sensitive environment in every level of life including the church packaging and selling what man wants rather than what God promises those who call on Jesus and choose to follow Him. I cannot have God’s Way my way nor can I be born of the Kingdom locked in my flesh. There must be a death and burial of sin to make room for more and more of the Spirit in my life.
To do the same thing over and over expecting a different result is classified as insanity. We do it all the time because we cannot let go of what we want long enough to let God give us something better. We call out to the Lord asking for more but holding on the past and clenching our comfort zone. If we want more, we have to let go. To be more, we must do something new.
Romans 6:2-7 (TLB)
Of course not! Should we keep on sinning when we don’t have to? For sin’s power over us was broken when we became Christians and were baptized to become a part of Jesus Christ; through his death the power of your sinful nature was shattered. Your old sin-loving nature was buried with him by baptism when he died; and when God the Father, with glorious power, brought him back to life again, you were given his wonderful new life to enjoy. For you have become a part of him, and so you died with him, so to speak, when he died; and now you share his new life and shall rise as he did. Your old evil desires were nailed to the cross with him; that part of you that loves to sin was crushed and fatally wounded, so that your sin-loving body is no longer under sin’s control, no longer needs to be a slave to sin; for when you are deadened to sin you are freed from all its allure and its power over you.
Sin is the very thing that kills spiritual renewal and rebirth. It is what will keep you in bondage unable to live a new life. It is doing the same thing but expecting different results. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by me.” Got it! You cannot follow Jesus into the Presence of God dragging your sin along with you. These are the things that we know are wrong but do nothing about. You have to want to let it go to release it. Remember, God is always first and foremost looking at our heart. He would rather you keep doing what you are doing wrong in public than to pretend you are not sneaking off in the darkness. The fight against our flesh is real and continuous. The older I get, the more I realize just how infiltrating the sin condition we all have. We cannot willfully keep doing what we know is wrong and expect God’s Will and Way to prevail in that area of our life. There must be a change. We must do something new.
Faith opens every closed door in God’s Kingdom. It is the Kingdom Keys that the Lord gives to Peter upon His Confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Son of God and Messiah. Jesus told Peter that day that man didn’t tell him that but his heart did. When our heart falls in love with Jesus, things will begin to change. You will want to do something different to know Him more and live in His Presence. David was a man after God’s Own Heart. He was not perfect. His heart was intent of pleasing God even when his flesh failed. This is the point of grace. Not to live any way that we want and expect God to bless it. Are you doing something new today? Or living in the past expecting God to change your future?
We should enjoy life. If you are unhappy, discontent, or dissatisfied with the way you are living don’t look for the world to fix it, ask the Jesus to come inside and fix you first. I promise when God changes our heart the world won’t change your mind anymore. Though still a fight to the finish, each step of faith that becomes confident hope will keep you anchored to the Kingdom so you don’t run to the world. Baptism is the burial of our old life to receive a new life. Have you been baptized? Oh friend, it symbolizes every new thing that you want, need and desire from the Lord as you lay down this life to pick up a supernatural existence in God. If you take your heart with you when you step into the water, allow it to die with Christ in the likeness of His Death, the Living Breathing Spirit, and the very essence of God will come to fill your body, mind and spirit and you will experience a new life. I do not regret a single day of following Jesus Christ.
This month is very special. Forty six years ago, the love of my life was born. Sixteen years ago, God united us as husband and wife. I gave up my old life to follow Jesus at that same time. The three of us (God, my husband and I) have enjoyed a successful union. Our lives have changed completely for the better in all ways possible. Now we are about to celebrate our son’s new life. When someone receives a bone marrow transplant, they are given a new birthday on the day that they receive the blood cells. A bone marrow transplant follows weeks of extensive chemotherapy that essentially kills every single blood cell in your body. When the new cells are introduced, it is like receiving new life and rebirth. What if as believers, we strived to remove every single sinful cell in our body and allow the Lord to make it new in Him. What if we tried really hard not to do any of the things that the Bible says not to? How about if we let the Love of God dominate our life? Putting others before ourselves. What would happen? Something new for sure.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (TLB)
But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I’m going to do! For I’m going to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Don’t you see it? I will make a road through the wilderness of the world for my people to go home, and create rivers for them in the desert!
God is doing something new in your life today. The Holy Spirit is always trying to give you a better life. He is just waiting for us to make some room. The Lord is speaking to our hearts today. “Forget all that…” Forget the past, the problems and the pain. Forget the fear, failure and every single fault. Focus on Jesus who is the Author, Finisher, Initiator and Champion of Faith. Follow Him to the Cross and give Him every sin that is holding you back so it can be nailed to the Cross. This is not a once in a lifetime event – it’s called repentance. The complexity of human nature means that we will always find more ways to surrender. Once it is removed, if you have not already been baptized – get into the water. If you have, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you anew. His Mercy is new each morning because we need it. Don’t be ashamed to use it. Expect something new. Expect things to change. Be willing to do something new and be willing to change. Working in cooperation with God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit step into that new life, new thing, new existence that belongs to you simply because you have been born again. Don’t let the enemy or the world hinder you from having all that God promised through fear and doubt. God said it. Believe it and settle it in your soul today. The Promises of God for your life are incomparable to anything that He has done before so don’t compromise. He is doing a brand new thing. We see it through hope and achieve it by faith. Be unstoppable today as you do something new in the Power of His Name.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NLT)
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”