Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I'm a brand new man

Every one of us has choices to make.  We can dwell on things that are wrong and evil, or we can think about things that bring peace and encouragement.  Far too many people let their past cripple their future.  That crippling can come through unforgiveness, hatred, bitterness or a number of other things.

But I chose to believe the things that God says about me.  As I mowed the grass Tuesday evening, I heard this song:

I remember the day that I met You.
The emptiness I had
Could fill a mountain.
And I believed it was true,
My pain would never go away
But there was comfort in Your breath,
You made me believe that life was worth it.
And I’m not looking back…
My past is far behind me, yeah
I’m stronger every day
You’ve made me a brand new man
(lyrics from “Brand New Man” sung by Seventh Day Slumber)

It is time to believe the facts of what God says.  I have been talking to several people lately who chose to believe things that aren’t true, chose to let the warped world we live in overwhelm their lives.  That is a sad outlook.  Plus it is just wrong.  When we believe what God says about us and take them to heart, things will look up because we will realize as I was reminded … I’m a brand new man.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Being in Christ is the issue of being saved.  That is something only Jesus can do.  I’m new because the old me died when Jesus died. 

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

This is not an easy concept to grasp, but when we know Jesus, we are forgiven.  That is totally forgiven of the wrong things we have been part of.  God makes us new.  God gives us a chance to start over.

that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,

By believing what God says, by living as the brand new person God has made us we will be strengthened.  I don’t know about you but being strong is not an option.  I need God’s strength to live each day. 

Chose to be who God made you to be … a brand new man … all because of Jesus!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

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