Day 50: n e w

Don’t you love getting something NEW? New shoes, new car, new house, new hair-do…..whatever it may be, NEW is exciting, isn’t it? A new start filled with hope and thanksgiving. The old is okay, but when we can get a new something it can be quite thrilling. Especially if it is something we’ve never had before. A NEW car compared to a NEW mop may be just a little bit more exciting. Maybe not. I suppose it all depends on what you value. I think most of us would agree. “OUT with the old and IN with the NEW!”.

Do you think God would agree that NEW is better?  Or rather, we could agree with God.

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. Revelation 21:5

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3: 22-23

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  Revelation 21:1

Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved. Revelation 21:1

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Psalm 96:1

Jesus came to bring the NEW!  The old way to live, the old way to be forgiven, the old way we are filled, the OLD simply will not due! Jesus came to bring LIFE! NEW LIFE to us, each of us!

May your heart and mine be made new by the power of the name of Jesus.

“The old is gone the new has come we are reconciled by love”-New Song We Sing by Meredith Andrews.

 

Day 27: What should we do?

What do you like to do? What is LIFE-giving to you? Which activities make you feel really good?

We are so blessed to be able to choose life-giving activities that rejuvenate and refresh us. So what are they? Do we partake in them regularly? Do we think they are important or do we feel guilty about enjoying them when there is so much else to be done?

For some, this may be a no-brainer. Of course they know what they like to do, and they do those things. For others, something so simple may turn into something quite complicated and even elusive.

Psalm 37:4 tell us to, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

When we come seeking Life-giving activities, may we be mindful to delight in Jesus. May we delight in His death and resurrection rejoicing in our death and resurrection with Him. May we delight in His delight for His people. May we delight in His unfailing love for us. May we delight in the forgiveness and mercy He pours on us. May we delight in all the promises He has for us. May we delight that we can come boldly before God, for we are made righteous in Him. May we delight in the joy He strengthens us with.

We can delight in the Lord indefinitely, and we will. And as we do, He will give us the desires of our heart. He will give us more and more LIFE. For He values us more than we value ourselves. He knew us before we were born. As we delight in Him, who knows what we will discover? We do know it will be the desire of our heart. This is wonderful and amazing.

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?  Numbers 23:19

May your heart and mine seek the Lord to delight in Him. May we take great joy in delighting in Him. May we receive the desires of our hearts as God’s promises are released. May we rejoice in the work of His hands. All in the name of Jesus.