“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
If you are Born Again “in Christ” you have a new life; you are a whole new person, with a spirit that has been made like Christ’s with the gift of His righteousness within.
Then, why don’t we see that reflected all the time in daily living. Rom. 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to this world. How? By being transformed through the renewal of our minds. That’s the secret to releasing the new you.
We renew our minds to the truth of God’s Word concerning us. It is seeing ourselves in the mirror of God’s Word, seeing His glory within our Born Again spirits, that changes us from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18). That knowledge, that awareness of His grace is key to a changed life.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). It is the knowledge of who we have become in Christ that gives us the hope and confidence to change in daily life. Therefore, as Joe Cala wrote elsewhere:
“Allow your new you to come through this new year ahead! Allow what has begun in your heart to come into completion in this life!”
Joe is right, and we do that by coming to know and believe and stepping out in faith in that awareness of who we are now in Christ.
No longer a sinner, in spite of many falls, but a saint, because of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, we are free to live without the guilt and shame of the past, arising to the empowered life of following after the spirit rather than the flesh.
A new hope, a new year, bringing victory for all who will believe who God has made them to be.
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
Only we can hinder that by unbelief. Choose to believe today and for the new year that He is completing the good work that He began in you.
This is your year to let your light shine. This is your year to start showing forth all that your can be in Christ. Shovel away from memory all the old dirty snow of the past, and allow the fresh, pure snow within your heart to sparkle in the sunlight of the Son in your life.