New Year, New Creation!

January 11, 2014

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The wonderful gift of seasons is it reminds us of renewals.

[2Cr 5:17 NIV] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

New Creation not old religion
[Gal 6:12 NIV] Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ.
[Gal 6:13 NIV] Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh.
[Gal 6:14 NIV] May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
[Gal 6:15 NIV] Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.

How to become a new Creation? You must be Born Again.

Born Again
[Jhn 3:3 NIV] Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again."
[Jhn 3:4 NIV] "How can someone be born when they are old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother's womb to be born!"
[Jhn 3:5 NIV] Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.
[Jhn 3:6 NIV] Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
[Jhn 3:7 NIV] You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'
[Jhn 3:8 NIV] The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

Born Again is a work of the Holy Spirit.
No Worries. If you desire the Holy Spirit to change you, most likely He has already changed you.
If you could care less, then you have not been born again and you are a child of God’s wrath.
If that statement offended you, then you are clearly an enemy of God. Your heart has exposed you.

Once Born Again, Always Born Again. (Imperishable)
[1Pe 1:23 NIV] For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

The Holy Spirit enables a person to respond to Jesus Christ

[Jhn 3:9 NIV] "How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.
[Jhn 3:10 NIV] "You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things?
[Jhn 3:11 NIV] Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.
[Jhn 3:12 NIV] I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
[Jhn 3:13 NIV] No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man.
[Jhn 3:14 NIV] Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
[Jhn 3:15 NIV] that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him."
[Jhn 3:16 NIV] For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
[Jhn 3:17 NIV] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
[Jhn 3:18 NIV] Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

You are reconciled to God the Father through Jesus Christ.
[2Cr 5:18 NIV] All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
[2Cr 5:19 NIV] that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Born of God
[Jhn 1:10 NIV] He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
[Jhn 1:11 NIV] He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
[Jhn 1:12 NIV] Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--
[Jhn 1:13 NIV] children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

Only Hope in what has been precisely Told US
[1Jo 3:1 NIV] See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
[1Jo 3:2 NIV] Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
[1Jo 3:3 NIV] All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Have you been Born of God?
[1Jo 5:1 NIV] Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
[1Jo 5:2 NIV] This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.
[1Jo 5:3 NIV] In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,
[1Jo 5:4 NIV] for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
[1Jo 5:5 NIV] Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
[1Jo 5:10 NIV] Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.
[1Jo 5:11 NIV] And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
[1Jo 5:12 NIV] Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
[1Jo 5:13 NIV] I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Sanctification: Despite Us.
[1Jo 3:4 NIV] Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
[1Jo 3:5 NIV] But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
[1Jo 3:6 NIV] No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
[1Jo 3:7 NIV] Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
[1Jo 3:8 NIV] The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.

You are UNABLE go on sinning.
[1Jo 3:9 NIV] No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.
[1Jo 3:10 NIV] This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God's child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

Consider the most unpopular verses in America
The Message is about Unrepentance.
Instead of making excuses to continue your sin, you admit it is a sin and begin the fight of turning away from the sin.
God made me that way . . . . You can use that argument for ANY sin. Even murder. Abortion doctors.

[1Cr 6:9 ESV] Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
[1Cr 6:10 ESV] nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
[1Cr 6:11 ESV] And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Consider 1 John 3:9 and Gal 5. Which is or was your pet sin?
You sins should be slipping away from you, because God is winning the war in you.

You should be developing a profound hatred of your own sin.
[Rom 7:14 ESV] For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.
[Rom 7:15 ESV] For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
[Rom 7:16 ESV] Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.
[Rom 7:17 ESV] So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
[Rom 7:18 ESV] For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
[Rom 7:19 ESV] For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
[Rom 7:20 ESV] Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
[Rom 7:21 ESV] So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
[Rom 7:22 ESV] For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,
[Rom 7:23 ESV] but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
[Rom 7:24 ESV] Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
[Rom 7:25 ESV] Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

How long should a Christian punish oneself when you openly commit a sin against your God?
To punish yourself is not repenting, it’s works.
Godly Guilt leads to repentance, repentance leads to hatred of your sin.

A Godly man knows he is a sinner in need of a savior.
[Rom 12:3 NIV] For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

[Rom 12:1 NIV] Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship.

The definition of Christianity!

The Great Commandment and The Great Commission. 
The Five Disciplines

[Rom 12:2 NIV] Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Like Fire: Change is always internal first and emanates outward
New Heart

[Eze 36:26 ESV] And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
[Eze 36:27 ESV] And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
[Eze 36:28 ESV] You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
[Eze 36:29 ESV] And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you.

You can only be born again once
but you are being renewed every moment.
[Psa 51:9 ESV] Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
[Psa 51:10 ESV] Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
[Psa 51:11 ESV] Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
[Psa 51:12 ESV] Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
[Psa 51:13 ESV] Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
[Psa 51:14 ESV] Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
[Psa 51:15 ESV] O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
[Psa 51:16 ESV] For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
[Psa 51:17 ESV] The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

You now live to Serve Jesus
[2Cr 5:14 NIV] For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
[2Cr 5:15 NIV] And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Go tell somebody!
[2Cr 5:20 NIV] We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
[2Cr 5:21 NIV] God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

New Year, New Beginnings

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