Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
According to the above passage, if you are in Christ Jesus, meaning you have repented of old things and habits that are not pleasing to God and you have accepted Jesus Christ as your lord and savior and you abide by his teachings, you should now be experiencing the newness of God. However, some do not experience this newness because they are still holding on to some old stuff from the past. This stuff includes, but is not limited to people, places or things. We need to let go of things and unfortunately people who do not allow the newness of God to flow in our lives. We do not have to stop loving them, we can offer them salvation and if they reject it, we will continue to pray for them but do not allow them to make you go back to your old ways.
With the new year around the corner, many people usually take time to come up with a new year’s resolution. I stopped making new year’s resolutions a long time ago because the truth about that is, when we make these resolutions we often don’t keep it. Think about it, how many times in the past have you made a new year’s resolution and how long did it last? What I do now is reflect on what God has brought me through the past year and what I learned from everything he helped me overcome. Then, I thank him for his grace and mercy and ask him to continue to allow me to draw closer to him in the up coming year.
As you go into this new year don’t take any of the old stuff with you, let it go with the old year. The mercies and goodness of God are new everyday and this gives us hope as well as something to look forward to everyday. God bless you all and your families, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ that God will protect you and your families from all evil and evil doers, provide for all your needs and bless the works of your hand in 2019 and the years to come. Amen. Please continue to follow me on this platform for more spiritual encouragement for everyday living.