May 26, 2016

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“a NEW MAN in the New Year!” (finding new life in the year ahead)

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New Year New Man New Life
In 2016, the NEW YOU is the new NEW!


What would a NEW YOU look like in the NEW YEAR?

Do you want to be the SAME OLD same old?

or do YOU want to be the NEW YOU?

God wants YOU to be NEW!


Do YOU?

Do you want to be a NEW MAN in the NEW YEAR?

Cheers!

Here’s how you’ll be the NEW YOU…

It begins with NEW LIFE in the NEW YEAR!


The Bible is full of men and women who became new.  Two of those bold souls were The Apostle Paul and The Apostle Peter – both of them even had a name-change involved.  You can read more of their personal stories beginning in Matthew 4:17-20 & John 1:40-42 for Peter and Acts 9:1-31 & Acts 13:9 for Paul (for their full stories on how they became ‘NEW’ read the entire books of Matthew, John, & Acts and then continue to read the rest of the New Testament) (that’d be a good goal for the New Year – read the entire New Testament) (then, read the entire Old Testament) (that’d be a great way to spend the New Year, trust me!).

Ok, now back to Peter and Paul!

We’re going to take a quick look at what ‘NEW’ looks like in the very own words of Peter and Paul – two men who were phenoMENally changed by Jesus Christ  [did you see it – ‘men’].  😉  Two men who went from being the same old same old – an everyday fisherman (Peter) and an everyday torturer and terrorist (Paul) to being NEW MEN – “two new yous”, if you will.

This is what it looks like to be and become a NEW YOU / NEW MAN in the NEW YEAR!

Are you up for it?  What say you about becoming new too?

Paul wrote:


2 Corinthians 4:6-18 For it is the God who commanded light (new) to shine out of darkness (old), who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (new).  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels (old body), that the excellence of the power may be of God (new body) and not of us.  We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus (old), that the life of Jesus (new) also may be manifested in our body.  For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus (new life) also may be manifested in our mortal flesh (old life).  So then death is working in us, but life in you.  And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus (new life/new man), and will present us with you.  For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.  Therefore we do not lose heart.  Even though our outward man (old life/old man) is perishing, yet the inward man (new life/new man) is being renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen (old), but at the things which are not seen (new). For the things which are seen are temporary (old), but the things which are not seen are eternal (new).”

Wait for it!…

Paul continues in 2 Corinthians 5:1-21 “For we know that if our earthly house (old body/old man/old life), this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens (new body/new man/new life).  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.  For we who are in this tent groan (old body/old man/old life), being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life (new body/new man/new life).  Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.  So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.  For we walk by faith, not by sight.  We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.  Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good (new man) or bad (old man).  Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.  For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart.  For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you.  For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died (old man/old life); and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again (new man/new life).  Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh (old man/old life).  Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION (new man/new life): old things have passed away (old man/old life); behold, all things have become new (new man/new life).  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us (old), that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (new).”

Do you see it?  Do you see what Paul is saying?

Do you see the phenoMENally new life / new man / new you that Paul experienced through Jesus Christ?

I’m tellin’ ya too!

The new year is a new time for you to be a new man and a new you.

Peter wrote it this way:


2 Peter 1:1-12a “Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness (new man/new life), through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature (new man/new life), having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (old man/old life).  But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (new man/new life).  For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins (old man/old life).  Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure (new man/new life), for if you do these things you will never stumble (old man/old life); for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (new man/new life/new body).  For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things…”

That’s what it looks like!


A NEW YOU as a NEW MAN in the NEW YEAR.

That is what NEW LIFE looks like –> like Peter and Paul phenoMENally changed.

The NEW YOU – a New Man ever becoming a newer man in Jesus.

In 2016, the NEW YOU is the new NEW!


Do you want to be the SAME OLD same old?

or do YOU want to be the NEW YOU?

God wants YOU to be NEW!


Do YOU?





New Year New Man New Life

“The First Christmas ‘Eve’! (God promised Eve a seed)”

God promised Eve a seed

Eve & Mary

Introduction


I love the imagery in this picture of Eve and Mary.  In the Garden, way back in the beginning, God promised to save the world thru the womb of the woman.  God promised Eve a seed – a ‘her seed’.  And as you may recall, hers don’t have seeds, hers have eggs.  But God promised Eve that one day – one special Christmas day – a ‘her’ would have a seed (aka: ‘the virgin will conceive’).

Genesis 3:15-16 And the Lord God said, ‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed, He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.'”  What a promise!  And Eve took God’s promise to heart.  Eve saw salvation begin to be ‘delivered’, to her and the rest of the world, when she gave birth to her third son, Seth. Genesis 4:25 “And Adam knew his wife again, and Eve bore a son and named him Seth, ‘For God has appointed another seed for me.’”

For thousands of years after Eve, thru 76 women’s wombs, God kept the promise of the Seed alive:

Old Testament


Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, THE VIRGIN SHALL CONCEIVE and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel.”  Isaiah 9:6-7 “FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 49:1-6 Listen to Me, O coastlands, and take heed you peoples from afar!  The Lord has CALLED ME FROM THE WOMB, from the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.  And He said to me, ‘You are My Servant in whom I will be glorified.’  And now the Lord says, WHO FORMED ME FROM THE WOMB to be His Servant (for I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord and My God shall be My strength), indeed He says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel.  I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’” [also read Psalms chapter 22 “You are He who TOOK ME OUT OF THE WOMB. You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts. I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s womb You have been My God.”]

Jeremiah 31:3,22b “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.’  (v22b)  For the Lord has created a new thing in the earth— A WOMAN SHALL ENCOMPASS A MAN.”

New Testament


Matthew 1:18-23 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.  Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.’  So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: ‘BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, “God with us.”

Luke 1:30-38,46-48 “Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, YOU WILL CONCEIVE IN YOUR WOMB and bring forth a Son and shall call His name JESUS.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest.  And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever and of His kingdom there will be no end.’  Then Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be since I do not know a man?’ And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Highest will overshadow you, therefore also, THAT HOLY ONE WHO IS TO BE BORN will be called the Son of God.  For with God nothing will be impossible.’  Then Mary said, ‘Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.’  And the angel departed from her.  (v46-48)  And Mary said: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.  For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant.  For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.’”

Luke 2:4-21b “Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary his betrothed wife who was with child. While they were there, THE DAYS WERE COMPLETED FOR HER TO BE DELIVERED, and she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger.  (v10-11)  The angel said, “Do not be afraid, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  (v21b)  His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before HE WAS CONCEIVED IN THE WOMB.”

Galatians 4:4-7 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, BORN OF A WOMAN, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons and daughters.  And because you are sons and daughters, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son or daughter, and if so, then an heir of God through Christ.”

Conclusion


For thousands of years God promised, and then one day – one special Christmas day – God ‘delivered’ on His promise, and Mary’s womb became the birthplace of a Savior for all people.

What a thought to ponder! God entered our world… God chose to save the world through the womb of a woman!  May you and I, like Mary and Eve, ponder the wonder of it all this Christmas.  The entry of God into our world to save us.  God in a womb for us.  God born for us.  God with us.

The First Christmas ‘Eve’ for you and I and all of the world.

May you have a “Mary Christmas Eve!

God promised Eve a seed

“DECEMBER DEPRESSION finding peace of mind this Christmas”

December Depression finding peace of mind:
Peace (gold) (large)

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“It’s a holly jolly Christmas, the best time of the year… the hap-happiest season of all… it’s a wonderful life… in the most wonderful time of the year… in a wonderful world…”

RIGHT?


Yet, of all the months of the year, there is more ‘oh oh oh’ than ‘ho ho ho’ in December. More people are stressed, anxious, and depressed in December than any other month. And not to be a Grinch or Scrooge (bah-humbug), but trends show that more and more people in general are dealing with temporary and long term mental illness and depression than ever before.

How does one have a wonderful life in a less than wonderful world?

The reality is that much of our ‘mental illness’ in America and in our world is really ‘spiritual unhealedness’, and much of our depression is really spiritual oppression and/or suppression. You see, the truth is, that spiritual healing drives mental health. Spiritual healing produces peace of mind, and peace of mind produces mental health.

It is our spiritual unhealedness that creates an absence of peace in our minds and emotions.

A mind at peace is a healthy mind AND a healed spirit.

Who needs healing?

We all do.


Who needs peace – peace of mind?

Well, you have to answer that for yourself.

If you are struggling with depression or mental illness today, temporary or long term, may I be so bold to tell you that you are unhealed. You need to heal spiritually from the wrongs others have done against you, and from the wrongs that you have done to yourself. You need to heal from the loss you have experienced in this not so wonderful, unhealed world in this not so wonderful, unhealed life. As you can imagine, spiritual unhealedness, mental health, and depression is not a new issue. And, you are not alone!

This is the whole reason Christmas came some 2000 years ago.

This is the whole reason a Savior came to earth.

To bring us peace, and healing, and health.

But don’t take my word for it!

No no no, Ho ho ho!!! Don’t take my word for it. Let the words of these ancient Scriptures, written long before Christmas ever happened, begin to heal your spirit and change your mind. These are my 12 favorite Old Testament bible verses (that my True Love gave to me) on finding peace of mind – the peace of mind that Christmas came to bring.

As you read and set your mind to these verses, please note two very important truths about peace:

1) Peace is a Fight.
2) And, Peace is a Person.

Who are you allowing to fight for you? to fight for your peace? to fight for your healing? to fight for your life? My friend, one Christmas night… Peace came to fight… for you and I and all people.

Don’t miss these life-changing, mind-changing verses on Peace…

Exodus 14:14
“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

Judges 6:22-24
“Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the Lord. So Gideon said, ‘Alas, O Lord God!  For I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face.’  Then the Lord said to him, ‘peace be with you, do not fear, you shall not die.’  And Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it THE-LORD-IS-PEACE.”

Psalms 4:8
“I will both lie down in peace and sleep, for You alone Lord make me dwell in safety.”

Psalms 55:16-18
“As for me, I will call upon God and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me.”

Psalms 94:11,17-19
“The Lord knows the thoughts of man that they are futile. Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul would soon have settled in silence. If I say, ‘My foot slips,’ Your mercy, Lord, will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me (aka: in the absence of peace within me), Your comforts delight my soul.”

Psalms 119:165
“GREAT PEACE have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.”

Proverbs 3:17-18
“Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She (wisdom) is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.”

Isaiah 26:3-4,12
“You will keep him (or her) in PERFECT PEACE whose mind is stayed on You, because he (or she) trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yahweh the Lord is everlasting strength. Lord, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our works in us.”

Isaiah 32:17-18
“The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness is quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings and quiet resting places.”

Isaiah 53:5
“He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed.”

Jeremiah 29:11-13
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, THOUGHTS OF PEACE and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 33:3,6
“Call to Me, and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know. Behold, I will bring it health and healing. I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.”

Peace came to bring us healing.


Peace is a Person, and peace is a fight. You see, there is only one way to find (and have) peace of mind –> peace only comes to those who come to Him. Let the Lord begin to fight for your peace!  After all, it’s what He came here to do.

My friend, may Peace be with you this December.

“Happy Christmas to all,
and to all a good ‘fight’!”

December Depression finding peace of mind