All Things New Part 4

PART 4

With us wrapping up this series of “All Things New” we had 3 different highlights of how:

Part 1 — “God Loves Doing New Things” 

Part 2 — “Grace Makes Room for the New”

Part 3 — “ Growing in Christ”

Part 4 — “No More Idols”

Today in our last part of the series I would like to ask ourselves how do we maintain this “newness” of life and to sustain it. What are some points that we can ask ourselves?

One thing that will keep our hearts soft and receptacle of the Spirit are to have no idols. 

Jesus spoke in Matthew 22” …“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

That’s why we cant serve God and another god.

Matthew 6

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

ANYTHING THAT TAKES PLACE THAT ONLY GOD SHOULD HAVE IN OUR HEARTS IS AN IDOL.

REMEMBER:

WHAT WE BUILD WE CANNOT SUSTAIN

WHAT GOD BUILDS HE WILL SUSTAIN

Israel tried to serve other idols and God but found out that it cannot work that way.

1 SAMUEL 7:2-3

So it was that the ark remained in Kirjath Jearim a long time; it was there twenty years. And all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.

“THEY HAD THE ARK BUT NOT HIS PRESENCE” THEY CRIED OUT TO GOD FOR 20 YEARS UNTIL GOD SENT SAMUEL TO LEAD THEM. 

Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths from among you, and prepare your hearts for the Lord, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” So the children of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and served the Lord only.

REFLECT//

  1. RETURN TO GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART — HE WANTS OUR HEARTS FIRST.
  2. PUT AWAY ALL STRANGE GODS — IT TOOK ISRAEL MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS AFTER LOSING THE ARK TO REALIZE THIS.
  3. PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR THE LORD.
  4. SERVE HIM ONLY.
  5. HE WILL DELIVER. — WE ARE POWERLESS WITHOUT HIM, HE IS FOR US AND NOT AGAINST US.

RESPOND//

WHATS A FOREIGN IDOL WE’VE BEEN CARRYING AROUND THATS CAUSING US TROUBLE OR TO WORRY, IS IT A SUBCONSCIOUS OBSESSION TO PLEASE EVERYONE EXCEPT GOD? 

All Things New: Part Three

part three

GROWING IN CHRIST/NEW LIFE

HOLINESS IS THE KEY TO A LIFE THAT WILL ALLOW US TO GROW IN CHRIST.

YOU WANT MORE OF GOD – BE HOLY

YOU WANT TO LIVE A LIFE OF FREEDOM FROM SIN – BE HOLY

YOU WANT TO SEE GOD – BE HOLY

YOU WANT TO HAVE NEW WINE, NEW POWER – BE HOLY

GOD SAYS BE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY.

God all made us for His Glory, we are His creation and He has made us with intricate intent. We may think at times and question God concerning the situation we are in. You may feel like you are at a dead end but God sometimes has to bring us to the end of ourselves for us to acknowledge the only One who can get us out of the mess that we have made ourselves to be in at times. We were wired and designed to grow in Christ. But this World is constantly trying to persuade us to give, to grow not in God but in our passions, our own desires that are not of God.

Galatians 5:24 ” Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” 

So what does it take to “Grow in Christ” Paul says it in Galatians 5:24 “Crucify the flesh” The only way that we can grow in Christ is when we are dead! Not physically speaking but to put off the flesh, 

Ephesians 4:22-24 says it better…

22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

To “put off our old self” meaning to not live that life anymore. 

To throw it out!

God is saying be Holy!

To be set apart from sin and evil.

The Road to Growth is Holiness

We have to make intentional choices in order to grow. There is no growth without change, there is no change without loss without pain. If we are going to grow, you will have to change, and change means you let go of some old things and grab hold of some new things.

“Put off your old self”

24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:24

LET IT GO

> Old habits

>Old hurts

>Old patterns

>Old sins

Throw them off and trust that God is working in you because without holiness we are unable to see God. We are made holy through the finished work of Christ!

Holiness has to be continuously followed, put on and lived out in our daily lives. It is a work of God in us through the Holy Spirit that enables us to demonstrate holiness outwardly.

All Things New: Part Two

all things new — Part Two: GRACE MAKES ROOM FOR THE NEW

Grace, if it weren’t for grace, we couldn’t be a “new creature in Christ…” we would still be stuck in our old ways, but grace not only covers sin, it empowers righteous living. Shame, grief, pain, old habits; it doesn’t have to stick around. Just like a piece of cloth sewn on an old wine skin, it won’t hold. What you used to do isn’t possible when you’re in Christ. “Old things have passed away, behold new things have come.”

MARK 2:21-22. 21 No one sews a piece of un-shrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”

1. The Pharisees had become rigid, like old wine skins. They couldn’t accept that Christ was the son of God. They were trying to mix the old covenant with the New covenant.

IF WE CONTINUE IN OUR OLD WAYS OF LIFE WE WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE THE NEW WINE THAT HE HAS TO OFFER.

THERE HAS TO BE A SEPARATION, BEING SET APART FOR HIS GLORY.

WE can’t grow in faith By ADDING IN THE NEW WINE into YOUR OLD WINESKIN… IT DON’T WORK THAT WAY!

WE CAN’T BRING THE OLD INTO THE NEW

WE CAN’T PUT SOMETHING OLD INTO SOMETHING NEW

WE CAN’T BRING THE PAST INTO THE NEW

BUT Thats The Power of Grace, it makes room for the new!

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Jesus came to redeem, He didn’t come to patch up the mistakes in your life,

He didn’t come so that you would live in bondage,

He didn’t come so that we would wear patches of shame and guilt. He came to redeem and fulfill the Old Testament, He would be the “lamb that would take away the sins of the World”

The LAW couldn’t wash away, clean the conscience like the blood of Jesus.

He came to deliver, he came to replace the old with the new!

2. JESUS came to give a new life, a new heart, new wine, which is His Spirit.

NEW WINE BRINGS NEW POWER WHICH BRINGS NEW LIFE!

IT’S HIS GRACE THAT MAKES ROOM FOR THE NEW!

Grace pushes out what doesn’t need to be in our lives and ushers in the new wine!

All Things New/Series

part 1

With every new year is like a fresh start, for me it is anyways. I get out the planner and try at least to sketch out my biggest plans and ideas for the year. Sometimes I fall short. The momentum I have in the beginning starts to slack off and I’m in a rut. Ever feel this way? But reading throughout the Bible we start to see that God’s character is all about making things new. From the Earth He created & the Heavens. And His most prized possession, us.

REVELATION 21:5 “And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” 

ALL THROUGH TIME WE SEE THAT GOD LOVES NEW THINGS:

LEVITICUS — ASKS FOR A NEW GRAIN OFFERING

NUMBERS — GOD GAVE ISREAL NEW WINE AND NEW GRAIN

PSALMS — GOD TOLD US THAT HE LOVES A NEW SONG

ISAIAH — GOD DECLARES NEW THINGS FOR HIS PEOPLE, HE GIVES US A NEW NAME AND PROMISES TO MAKE A NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH

JEREMIAH — GOD MAKES US PART OF A NEW COVENANT

LAMENTATIONS — GODS MERCIES ARE NEW EVERY MORNING

EZEKIEL —  GOD GIVES US A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT

MATTHEW — JESUS LOOKS FOR NEW WINE SKINS TO USE

JOHN — JESUS GAVE US A NEW COMMANDMENT

2 COR — GOD MAKES US A NEW CREATION AND PROMISES TO MAKE ALL THINGS NEW

REVELATIONS —GOD PROMISES A NEW JERUSALEM


LOOKING AT THE WORLD TODAY WE MAY THINK FOR A MOMENT THAT HE IS DONE MAKING NEW THINGS. BUT ITS PART OF HIS NATURE, HIS BEHAVIOR, HIS CHARACTER.

HE’S NOT DONE MAKING HIS BRIDE NEW

HE’S NOT DONE MAKING THIS COUNTRY NEW

HE’S NOT DONE MAKING THIS WORLD NEW

IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS, THE FIRST FEW VERSES WE CAN SEE THAT GOD IS SUPREME IN HIS PERSON — AS A TRIUNE GOD; HIS POWER – IN ACTIVITY AND WORD; 

AND HIS PURPOSE – AS CREATOR, DESIGNER, REBUILDER, RESTORER. HE CREATED OUR WORLD AND US WITH A PURPOSE.

IN THE FIRST CHAPTER OF GENESIS WE READ THAT

  • GOD CREATED  
  • THE SPIRIT OF GOD HOVERED
  • GOD SPOKE
  • GOD NAMED

THIS YEAR LETS ENGAGE WITH THESE 4 ACTIONS OF GOD

  1. WHAT DO YOU NEED GOD TO CREATE IN YOU?
  2. AS THE SPIRIT HOVERED OVER THE DARK AND EMPTY WATERS, WAITING TO CREATE — WHAT ARE THE DARK AND EMPTY PLACES OF YOUR OWN LIFE AND WHERE DO YOU NEED THE SPIRIT OF GOD TO HOVER AND MOVE?
  3. WHAT WORDS DO YOU NEED TO HEAR HIM SPEAK OVER YOU OR WHAT TRUTH DO YOU NEED TO SPEAK INTO YOUR OWN SITUATION?
  4. HE SEES YOU, HE LOVES YOU, HE CREATED YOU – ON PURPOSE AND FOR A PURPOSE.

Life is but a vapor

Life is short. And the older you get the more you realize just how short of a time we have on this Earth. We are here today and can be gone tomorrow.

James 4:14 “Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

Trips to grandma’s house for me and my sister when we were kids was something I had always looked forward too. The times that we would hang out all day and at times stay the night were the most memorable. At every occasion she would always talk about the Lord. She was a Saint, she had a prayer life that I admired. But how I wish I could go back and treasure those moments.

And now here we are, it’s been almost one year from my grandmothers passing and the trips that I have always looked forward to are now trips that are hard to bear. Theres no more of going to grandmas house. No more smelling of her fried chicken or talks about the Lord. She is home. Death can be seen as a dead end for some. But I see it as a homecoming.

Psalm 116 “Precious in the sight of the lord is the death of his saints.”

For those who are in Christ. It is a promise that we should always remind ourselves. That He has defeated death, hell and the grave. As 2021 comes to an end, for 2022 I’m believing a greater sense of His presence for me and for you. Just as death has been defeated he has defeated loneliness as well, we have Immanuel God is with us. 

Cultivating A Heart of Thanksgiving

We are reminded in this story that what Jesus has done in our lives should never be forgotten. Past, present and future.

LUKE 17:11-19

11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 

  • ITS COMMON TO SEE A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HAS THE SAME OUTLOOK AND THE SAME ATTITUDE OF A CONDITION HUDDLED TOGETHER. 
  • Those who are not thankful are those who conditions never change

SOMETIMES WE ARE NOT PRESENTED WITH A QUESTION FROM GOD BUT AN ACTION AND THAT ACTION IS THANKFULNESS, PRAISE AND HONOR!

“Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. “

There’s something powerful about taking a step of action. 

I believe sometimes God does this to show our Re Action. 

Remember that action portrays character.
We may say we can believe God in a certain area, but are we acting in faith? 

15 And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 

16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” 

THE LEPERS WERE WANTING HEALING BUT ONLY ONE CAME BACK WITH A HEART OF PRAISE! 

THE BEGINNING OF REBELLION IS A THANKLESS HEART.

I NEVER WANT TO ARRIVE AT A PLACE TO WHERE IM NOT GRATEFUL FOR WHAT HE HAS GIVEN ME.

I NEVER WANT TO THINK THAT I CAN MAKE IT ON MY OWN



Take a minute and reflect on what the Lord has done, remember when we weren’t faithful, He was faithful!

Remember that pit that He got you out of!

Remember the sin that He freed you from!

Troubled

Psalm 3:1-5

O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.”

But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill.

I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.”

In this text we read of a story of Absalom, David’s son who has rebelled against God and his own father to overthrow David on his throne in Jerusalem. Terrified as David was, David knew who to call in this troubled time. Even those of David’s closest friends would too forsake him and join the ranks of his son. Many thought that David was to far gone for God’s salvation but little do they know that the presence of trouble doesn’t prove the absence of God.

The presence of trouble doesn’t prove the absence of God.

God is the lifter of not only our heads but everything that involves life. He wants to lift our attitude, our hope, our hearts, our minds, our burdens, our feeble hands and most of all our burdens.

When you feel troubled, who do you call? Your spouse? Your pastor? Maybe a close friend? But remember who the lifter of our souls are and that is the Lord.

He is waiting for you, to call out to Him. He will always answer.

Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”