Friday, February 5, 2021

New Every Morning

“For His compassions never fail, they are new every morning, great is God’s faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

It is pre-dawn as I await light in the darkness of this day and world, recollecting this promise of God’s faithfulness. I have written a book Great is God’s Faithfulness to rejoice in it as the psalmist did and we can even before the morning light.

Now the cardinals are beginning to announce the new day. So our compassionate God is starting afresh today. Can you do that? Can you say goodbye to the troubles of yesterday or even your fears for tomorrow? He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true”  (Revelation 21:5).  What a promise to start over or proceed into this new day with confidence, if of course you know and trust in God.

I am particularly inspired by this promise today as I have recently made pledges to God and people close to me to turn over a new leaf by putting aside the past, thoughts and behaviors, and pressing on to the goal of the higher calling in Christ Jesus as Paul proclaims in Philippians. For me it is former sinful behavior including a habit of drinking. Now before you get all excited saying that the Bible doesn’t say we can’t drink, I want you to consider why I made the decision. It is one that I make for today, with the faith that God’s faithfulness and my obedience to His commandments will strengthen me for the long journey. I just taught a men’s Bible study centering on the theme verse of Nehemiah, “The joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). It is in this and other promises of God that I am empowered for today.

Much before Jesus Christ proclaimed the coming of a “New heaven and a new earth” in Isaiah and Revelation, He spoke of making us new creations in His new covenant. The Apostle Paul said to the Ephesians, “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 4:23-24). He said the old self was stuck in its deceitful and sinful desires of which he made a long and ugly list for our dark imaginations to reflect. 

Throughout Scripture, particularly the Psalms, God says that He will put a new song in our mouths and hearts.  We are to sing a new song of joy to Him who has made us new. He has healed us and given us a rock on which to stand, a firm place where He has put a new song in our hearts as Psalm 40 rejoices. Then is psalm 30 David says, “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever” (Psalm 30:11-12).

Paul again admonishes us in Colossians, “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator”  (Colossians 5:10). This new self is being renewed day by day as we trust in Him and walk in His way. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  (2 Corinthians 5:17).  What a wonderful promise of God. Gone is the old self, replaced by the new way of the Spirit as Romans 7:6 tells us. Every time we take communion we are being reminded of the new covenant in His blood poured out for forgiveness of our sins so that we are continually being made new in Him. So, turn over a new leaf, you’ll like it.

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