Isn’t it amazing that we serve a God who makes all things NEW? Doesn’t that just blow your mind?
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything NEW!" (Revelation 21:5)
That means whatever baggage you are carrying, the wounds you are hiding, the brokenness you feel, he can make it NEW! He can take it away. And he leaves a NEW creation!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW creation; the old has gone, the NEW has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
This newness truly has nothing to do with us. Talk about grace! It isn’t about us working really hard to change our personalities or get rid of old habits. No, it is about God taking us, changing us, and making us whole!
It is not what you and I do—submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally NEW, a free life! (Galatians 6:15)
You know what I pray almost every day? “God, thank you for your mercies that are NEW every morning! Lord, satisfy me this morning with your unfailing love so that I don’t go running after other things to find satisfaction.”
For His compassions never fail. They are NEW every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
God is faithful to work in our lives, renew us completely, and change us from the inside out when we surrender everything to him.
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a NEW heart and put a NEW spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (Ezekiel 36:25-27)
God wants to make us NEW! Why? NOT because he hates our old selves. He does hate sin, but he LOVES us. He loves us so much that he wants us to die to sin and have REAL LIFE in Jesus Christ.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made NEW in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the NEW self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
He wants to heal us. He wants to give us a more rich and abundant life. He wants to make us whole. He wants to heal our wounds. He wants to take our porcelain hearts and not just glue them back together where you can still see where the broken parts were; he wants to take them and reform them so that they are completely whole once again!
And he can do it.
I know from experience. God fixed me. God put me back together.
I am facing something really difficult in my life right now. And it is something that I have faced before, and almost didn’t recover from. But two years ago, I went to a prayer walk at a church.
And at one of the stations, I picked up a rock, and prayed over it to release all the stuff I was holding on to, all the issues I carried (because I had more issues than a magazine stand). And then I THREW that rock down into a bucket of water. Water splashed everywhere because I threw it so hard! And I never have picked those things back up again.
And I know that God completely made me NEW, because if he had just glued me back together, my scars would be reopened. But they are not. I don’t even have any signs of the old wounds, because God healed me completely.
He makes all things NEW.
For you too.