IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: A DAY FOR A GREAT NEW BEGINNING, NEW PURPOSE, NEW POWER, NEW DESTINY
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“This is what the LORD says- he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, ”Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”– Isaiah 43:16-19
A New Year is like a new baby, many changes will be necessary, some of which will be challenging, some rewarding and some will be interrupting.”
That is the challenge of all New Beginnings.
God has seasons for each of us to have new beginnings during our lives.
We need all new beginnings!
In fact God’s Nature Dictates A New Beginning.
The Bible is filled with instances of new beginnings.
Just after the time of creation God identified seasons of new beginnings.
”As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
- After the flood, God set a rainbow in the sky to show that He’d given a new beginning.
- The establishment of Passover was a new beginning.
Exodus 12:2 (NKJV): 2 ”This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. A new start for Israel after the slavery of Egypt.
- When the Children of Israel crossed over the Jordan river into the land of Canaan, God told them that they had ”not passed this way before.” He gave them a new beginning.
- David sinned and repented and God gave Him a new beginning.
- Jesus established a New Covenant, which was an opportunity for a new beginning.
Man’ s fallen nature is in a very chaos, “without form and void,” with darkness thick and sevenfold covering all. The Lord begins his work upon man by the visitation of the Spirit, who enters the soul mysteriously, and broods over it, even as of old he moved upon the face of the waters. He is the quickener of the dead soul. In connection with the presence of the Holy Spirit the Lord sends into the soul, as his first blessing, light. The Lord appeals to man’s understanding, and enlightens it by the gospel. The heavenly light reveals to man his obligations to God and his forgetfulness of them; it shows him the evil of sin, his own guilt and consequent danger, and the impossibility of his escaping from that danger by any efforts of his own. That same light, also, reveals to man God’s way of salvation— shows him the person of Christ, his work, its suitability, and its freeness, and lets him see how he may obtain an interest in redemption by the simple act of believing. It is a blessed thing for any man when the Lord God says concerning him, Let there be light.” If you keep your eye upon the chapter you will observe that the light came into the world at first by the word— “God said, ‘let there be light.’” It is through the word of God contained in this book, the Bible, that light comes into the soul: let me correct myself— it is by him who is called the Logos, THE WORD, that light is poured into the heart of man, for “in him was life, and the life was the light of men.” This is that true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
“He that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new.”– Rev 21:5
Would you begin anew, lo, there is one who can help you to do so! From the throne where sits the once crucified but now glorified Saviour, there comes a whisper of hope to each and every soul who would be made new, and would begin life anew. “Behold I make all things new.” In trying to bring out the thoughts contained in this exclamation from the throne, from the Emperor of the Universe, from the court of the King of Kings.
“I make.” That is a divine word. “I make all things.” That, also, is divine. “I make all things new.” This our Lord Jesus Christ has done upon the greatest scale. We must view his purpose. It is the purpose and intention of the Lord Jesus to make this world entirely new. You recollect how it was made at first-pure and perfect. It sang with its sister-spheres the song of joy and reverence. It was a fair world, full of everything that was lovely, beautiful, happy, holy. And if we might be permitted to dream for a moment of what it would have been if it had continued as God created it, one might fancy what a blessed world it would be at this moment. Had it possessed a teeming population like its present one, and if, one by one, those godly ones had been caught away, like Elijah, without knowing death, to be succeeded by pious descendants-oh! what a blessed world it would have been! A world where every man would have been a priest, and every house a temple, and every garment a vestment, and every meal a sacrifice, and every place holiness to the Lord, for the tabernacle of God would have been among them, and God himself would have dwelt among them!
In addition to the new covenant, Christ has been pleased to make us new men. His saints are “new creatures in Christ Jesus.” They have a new nature. God has breathed into them a new life. The Holy Spirit, though the old nature is still there, has been pleased to put within them a new nature. There is now a contending force within them-the old carnal nature inclining to evil, and the new God-given nature panting after perfection. They are new men, “begotten again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” This new nature is moved by new principles. The old nature needed to be awed with threatenings, or bribed with rewards; the new nature feels the impulse of love. Gratitude is its mainspring: “We love him because he first loved us.” No mercenary motive now stirs the new creature:-
A New Purpose
Some people are very focused, using all their energies to reach their goals. Others drift through life with little purpose or direction, living for the moment and never thinking about where they are headed. Most people probably live somewhere in between. But they all have this in common: They are living only for themselves and their own happiness.
But when we come to Christ, God gives us a new purpose. Now we want to live for Christ and not just ourselves.
A New Power
One of the Bible’s most comforting truths is that when we come to Christ, God Himself comes to live within us by His Holy Spirit.
When you come to Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to live within you.
God has given us a new purpose − but without a new power we’ll never be able to achieve it.
Jesus promised, “you will receive the power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8). We weren’t meant to live the christian life in our own strength. God has provided His Spirit to help us.
A New Destiny
The word “conversion” means “change” − and the most radical change of all when we come to Christ is that God gives is a new destiny. Once we were headed for hell; now we are headed for heaven. Once we were bound for eternal separation from God; now we live with Him forever. Once we had no hope of eternal life; now we do. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death. but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
In the midst of life’s problems and heartaches, never forget: This life is temporary. One day all our burdens will be cast aside, and we will be with Christ forever. Before us is a new destiny when we belong to Him.
“Just as I am, without one plea,
But that thy blood was shed for me,
And that thou bid’st me come to thee,
O Lamb, O God, I come.”
“Oh! make me a new creature!” If you have said that from your heart, you are a new creature, dear brother, and we will rejoice together in this regenerating Saviour.
“Behold I make all things new.”
Courage, my brethren and sisters. We will not entertain any more doubt about Christ’s power to save. Rather, by God’s grace, may we henceforth believe more in him, and, according to our faith, so shall it be done unto us. If we can only trust him for those of our friends whose faults seem to us few and light, our little trust will reap little reward; but if we can go with strong faith in a great God, and bring great sinners in our arms, and put them down before this mighty Regenerator of men, and say, “Lord, if thou wilt thou canst make them new”; and if we will never cease the pleading till we get the blessing, then we shall see ever-accumulating illustrations of the fact that Jesus makes all things new; and calling up the witnesses of his redeeming power, we shall cry in the ears of a drowsy Church and an incredulous world, “Behold, behold, behold! He makes all things new.” The Lord give us eyes to see it. Amen.
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