We often hear everyone we know talking about their resolutions for the new year. If we want to really see true newness and change in our lives this year, it takes starting with the only one who can make something out of absolutely nothing, that one is Jesus Christ.
Live in Christ – 2 Corinthians 5: 17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
We chose this scripture to be first because this is where newness begins, with being in Christ. It is through him that we can begin a new fruitful and abundant life. It’s important that we remember this coming into the new year, no matter what resolutions we have to change our habits!
Praise God – 1 Peter 1:3
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
This new year as we embark on true life change, we should get ourselves into a truly humble position and start off the year with a spirit of praise.
Be New – Ephesians 4:22-24
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
The first scripture we looked at encouraged us to realize that we truly are a new creation. This one encourages us to not only realize that we are new but to keep ourselves from slipping back into the old. This scripture tells us that it’s not enough to just say we are done with our old lives but we need to put them off and put on the new life. Life is about action, not words.
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