Friday, January 21, 2022

The Newness of Life

 

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 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life. Romans 6:3-4 (NKJV)

 

As I understand what Paul writes here is that when a person is baptized, the sinful part of him or her dies. We were not only baptized into our death but into Jesus’ death as well.

 

We should walk in a new life because when God raised His Son, He raised Jesus into a new life by resurrecting Him and taking Jesus to live with Him. Because God did this for His Son, the Son will do it for us.

I wonder, do those who submit to baptism realize what it means to go through this ordinance. It was a long time before I did.  When I returned to the LORD, I started attending a church near our home. This church was of the same denomination of the one in which I was baptized but they spoke of people being saved.

 

I now believe that present day churches need to return to the scriptures and their meaning rather than allow the world to shape their theology.

 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A New Name

 

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             The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name.  Isaiah 62:2 (NKJV)

 

The LORD gives Isaiah assurance of Israel’s salvation from her enemies. God will allow the non-Jews (the Gentiles) to see Israel’s righteous living for Him. In return for their righteousness, the nation will be given a new name, chosen by The LORD himself.

 

In the past, when a young woman married, she took her groom’s surname as hers. That was a new name. When a family receives grandchildren, the grand parents choose what name they wish those children call them. Another new name.

 

When a candidate for ordination into the ministry completes his coursework and receives his license and ordination papers, his name to those to whom he ministers becomes “Pastor (insert first name and last name.)

 

All these changes of names in our society recognize a change in a person’s status. When the LORD chooses to give each of His children a new heart, He recognizes his or her change of character. The interesting part of this process is that God Himself is the one who gives a person or a nation a new name.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

A New Heart

 

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Then, I will give them one heart, and put a NEW spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19 (NKJV)

 

The prophet Ezekiel heard from God. Part of what He said states a very basic belief. God gives new hearts to those who believe in Him.

 

When a believer truly lives for Jesus, his or her life changes. Nothing is viewed in the same way. This does not mean that all is easy for the believer. God will bring His children through very difficult times. The Israelites were being hauled into exile when God spoke to his prophet Ezekiel.

 

In our present world, God speaks to each of His children, as He has need. A man and his wife at our church are praying for their son’s soul. He was hurt in an accident in March of 2021. He can’t go back to his job until he is completely healed physically, it could be another year. When you pray, please remember this couple and their adult son.

“The Lord will cleanse His people from sin as they repent. He will transform their hearts and minds and place His Spirit within them to empower them to be obedient. They will repopulate the desolate land and enjoy His rich covenantal blessings”. (1)

(1)   Jeremiah Study Bible© 2013 Worthy, Hachette Book Group, New York, NY. Page 1064 (FYI) Sidebar.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Put On the New Man

 

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if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:21-24 (NKJV)

 

Paul wrote these words to the believers at Ephesus.

 

He points out that believers should not dabble in the ways they pursued before they came to Christ. The decision to NOT partake in the ways of the ‘old man’ must be a daily decision. (1)

 

The decision to allow the ‘new man’ to be seen in our lives is ultimately up to God. (2)

 

Certain times, our attitudes might not reflect God. When this happens, we must ask God to forgive us. It isn’t always easy for me to keep a reign on my attitude and even sometimes my mouth. But God is always there to hear my pleas.

 

God can help us put off the old man in our make ups. He desires us to put on the new man for us to reflect Him to those around us.

   (1,2 Jeremiah Study Bible, © 2013, Worthy, Hachette Book Group, New York, NY. Page 1645, Study Notes.

 

Friday, January 7, 2022

God Makes All Things New

 

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This is a repeat of a post from 2018. I have updated it to include thoughts I have recently had. 

 

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:4-5a

 

I dearly love this description of the New Jerusalem. God is taking an active part in the lives of His people. He will minister to those who are sad. He will comfort those who are hurting. Death will not enter the scene. Ergo, mourning will not be a phase of life. Can we begin to imagine life without pain? For a lot of people, this will be wonderful.

 

The absence of these five realities of our lives will be no more because God will make “all things new.” Do we understand what God means here? Can we fully understand what He means?  As I sit her in my little home, I cannot fully comprehend how this new However, I have these words to guide me until the day I see Him face-to face.

When we hear of sad events happening to those around us, we have someone who can guide us through the heartache and that sadness. Since COVID has been in our world, I have noted that there is a lot of heartache in our world other than that virus.

We must trust God for our concerns and lean on Him for His guidance through all the issues that plague us. He gives us strength to withstand all the sadness and heartache the world gives us.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

December Reflections

 


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Reading List for 2022

 

In the New Year, I will be reading two devotional books.

            Mornings with Jesus, a Guideposts book 

 

            Mornings and Evenings by C. H. Spurgeon.

 

I got these books for Christmas:

 

            The Jeremiah Study Bible

Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado

The Essential Tozer Collection, James L. Snyder, editor 

(The Pursuit of God, The Purpose of Man, The Crucified Life)

 

Also, a friend from church gave me an updated copy of My Utmost for His Highest for Christmas.

 

I have also chosen to re-read the following:

           

            Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe

 

            How To Live the Holy Life Stephen M. Miller (editor)

 

            The Practice of Praise by C.H. Spurgeon

 

            The Absolutes of God, Ricley

 

I want to find a classic, and a book or two on writing. (These might be re-reads as well.)

 

Concern About Mayfield Ky.

We were under a tornado watch and then warning on December 10. The next day, I called my best friend to see if I needed to pick her up for an afternoon meeting we had. She told me about the town of Mayfield and the candle factory being flattened. Everyone I talked to was aware of this disaster. One of the women at our meeting said she cried when she heard about the factory.

 

Substituting for Sunday School Leader

            I was asked by the lady who leads our Sunday school class if I would fill in for her on the 19th. Her family Christmas celebration was moved to that date and to her house. I said I would.

 

On December 12, I noticed their car was not in the church parking lot. About the time class would have started, our pastor’s wife came into our class and asked, “Cecelia, do you know you are teaching?” I didn’t know what she meant. The class leader had texted me. Her husband was sick. She didn’t know if I found it. (I didn’t.) So, I wound up teaching. On the 12th, we had a good-sized class. The class on the 19th was with fewer people but it was another good class.

 

Their Christmas celebration with their family got postponed until this past Sunday, January2. Due to the issues with their family, she has not been able to talk to the class about what they want to do next. So, I get to teach/lead class on a subject of my choosing. (Normally, I would be walking on eggshells right now.) God led me to use one of my journaling posts as a possible lead-off to the class discussion.

 

A New Study Bible

 

Hubby gave me some money to order what I wanted/needed for Christmas. One thing I needed was a new Bible. My NIV (cross reference with concordance) had its back cover come apart from the spine.  I found a Study Bible and ordered it along with the Lucado book and the Tozer book I talked about earlier. That box came but Hubby first told me I had to wrap them up and not use the Study Bible until at least December 24th. On December 16, I woke up to a note that said I could unwrap and use my new Study Bible and those two books. 

 

Journaling

 

I have journaled the scripture verses that highlight each fruit of the Spirit. It has been an eye opener for me. I plan on using each fruit in my blog monthly, starting in February through September and again in November. January theme is “New”. In October, I will explore what my word of 2022 will have taught me.

After I finished journaling the Fruit of the Spirit, I started journaling the scriptures that spoke of my word for 2022.

My Word for 2022

My word for 2022 came to me this past fall. As in the past, this word has come up in my reading several times. My word for 2022 is PURPOSE This stems from my wanting to find a purpose for my life, given my health issues.     

 

 

Friday, December 31, 2021

NEW

 

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Happy New Year!

I thought I would get started with January's Theme a bit early this year.


 

Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another.” John 13:33-35 (NKJV)

 

A NEW COMMANDMENT I give to you, that you love one another

 Jesus doesn’t say “You can do this if you want to.  He tells us this is what He expects us to do.

 as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

How does Jesus love us? Does he remember what we did that was wrong when we were growing up?  Of course not!  When we ask Him into our hearts, He forgives us of ALL our sin.

 

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 (NKJV)

 

These are the words of Paul. He is the example of the power Jesus has to change people. Jesus gives each person who comes to him, In the Old Testament, Ezekiel tells us: “God says ‘Then I will give them one heart, and I will put  a NEW spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh.’’ ’Ezekiel 11:9 (NKJV)

 

As we enter the new year of 2022, none of us knows what lay ahead for us, as individuals, as a church, as a society, or as a nation, or as a world. Let us, each one stay as close to the Lord as we can during the new year.

The Newness of Life

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