Isaiah Chapter 43
18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert.
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new
Matthew 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved KJV
Lamentations Chapter 3: 22-24
22 [It is of] the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 [They are] new every morning: great [is] thy faithfulness.
24 The LORD [is] my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
Ephesians Chapter 4
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Luke 22:20 – Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup [is] the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
As I was preparing to write this editorial, I thought about the significance of the New year, and asked myself exactly what makes the year new? The scientist in mean quickly jumped to the forefront of my mind and reminded me that, since it takes the earth roughly 356 days to travel completely around the Sun, the new year is the beginning of each orbital lap! The Christian in me, exclaimed that it marked 2015 years since the blessed Lord Jesus left his throne of Glory to walk on this Earth. Yes, I replied but why is it so important to celebrate its “newness”. After all, there are people on the earth who are either blissfully ignorant, or willfully disregard the fact that this will be the year 2015 “Anno Domini (A.D.), which is a Latin phrase that mean in the year of our Lord.
The dictionary defines “new” as either “not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or for the first time” or “already existing but seen, experienced, or acquired recently or for the first time” Many times in the Bible we are told that the Lord’s mercies are “new every morning”. The book of Lamentations tells us that it is because of these mercies that “we are not consumed. So a “new thing , is a good thing”
As Christians, we are told that “if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” All the old habits, all the missteps and wrong decisions can be put aside and we can begin again, grounded in the righteousness of God! The book of Ephesians actually tells us that we should put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Even Jesus warns us about not putting new wwine into an old bottle and not patching and old piece of cloth with new material. That is why he offered us “the new testament in HIS blood, which is shed for( us).
So as we move into the new year, let us take time to review those things that we must put aside as we step onto the new path down which we must travel in 2015. As for the reason why we celebrate the answer is simple. The Lord God Almighty still has a purpose for us here on Earth, therefore we must rejoice that He who is mighty will use us to accomplish His great works. Glory be to His Holy name.
Take some time to ask God exactly how you can serve Him in 2015. Listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit as he guides and directs you, and seek to do that which will glorify your Father in Heaven. In Jesus name I pray. AMEN!
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