Monday, March 22, 2010

The Old is Gone

Its an amazing Friday! We love you and we prayed for you this morning again. Prayer moves the hand of God!!!!!! You are so loved by Him. Today I want to encourage you in the Lord! It is such a magnificent miracle what happens to us as the New Birth! When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord we are Born Again. Remember Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3 that "you must be born again" in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. As an act of our will, we receive the free gift given to us by God! Literally, old things are passed away, all things become new! We become a new creation (2 Cor 5:17) Here is what happens.

By the operation of God, the Holy Spirit, using the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, recreates you, putting into you eternal life. When you believe the Word of God, the first thing the Holy Spirit does is resurrects your dead spirit out of spiritual death and sin. He then translates you out of the Kingdom of Darkness and into the Kingdom of His dear Son (Col 1:13) Next He clothes you in the very righteousness of Jesus. Next He comes inside you, to dwell and live forever, sealing you with Himself (2 Cor 1:22) When He seals you, (the guarantee of your salvation) He gives to you the gift of eternal life. The result of all this is that you become the very home of the Holy Spirit and now possess the abundant eternal life of God Himself. According to 1 Cor 6:17 you and the Holy Spirit are now joined together and are considered "one spirit", much like in a marriage when the husband and wife come together and are considered "one flesh." The result of all this is you are born again into the very life of Jesus Christ. You are now a "new wineskin" ready to be filled with the new wine of the Holy Spirit. As a born again child of God, you are a brand new, never before in existence creation or species of man. Not only do you have a human nature, but you also have been made a "partaker of God's divine nature."(1 Peter 2:24.)

Also, at that moment of the new birth, you are not only forgiven, given a new nature, reconciled to God to be able to fellowship with Him again, but you are put into a new family, with a new Father! You are translated from darkness to light, death to life. All that was lost in Adam, is restored to you and more. The Lord gives you His authority over all the works of the evil one. He commissions you to take His presence and life to the world. He clothes you with His very righteousness.

You were alienated from God, but at the moment of your decision to receive Christ and His forgiveness and be born again, you were not only joined back with Him, but put into Him. You have become the temple of the Holy Spirit, His very dwelling place. You formerly bore the image of Adam, the earthly man, but now you bear the image of Christ, the heavenly man. You were dead, now alive. Made a partaker of the divine nature. Your name written in the Book of Life. You are given the gift of eternal life with God forever.

And all this, we could never earn by our good works. It is a free love gift from our Father who loves us and wants us to be with Him. It is by grace. All by His grace. And it is received through faith. For this purpose was the Son of God manifest, to destroy the works of the evil one. And He did. Death no longer has a hold on us! Sin has no power over us! Remember this today!

Walk in the miracle of the new birth. Be who you are in Christ. Don't live like the old man, live like the new creation. Walk in relationship with Him, His blood made a way for continual fellowship. Receive His lavish love, and be filled to overflowing with it so that it touches everyone in your world today.

The old is gone. All is new. What an amazing miracle that is ours today. I'm rejoicing with you. It is a good day, because we were destined for eternal separation because of Adam, now we are destined for eternal life because of Christ. By one man, Adam, sin came into the world, and death through sin. So by one man Jesus Christ, came forgiveness of sin and eternal life in Him. The greatest miracle of all. And because He made us a new creation, now we can be filled with all the fullness of God this day and every day.



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