By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com
“So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old is passed away; look, what is new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Are you in Christ, my friend? Have you been made new? Think, just for a moment, what it would be like to be a completely new person. Think about the possibility of walking away from your old life and starting fresh, with the old baggage dead and gone, buried in a grave. Wouldn’t that be wonderful, if it were possible? God has made a way for it to be so. God has fashioned a deliverance for you, from your old life that is slowly crushing you, into a New Life waiting to be appropriated and lived!
” And all these things are from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18
Yes, this is God’s free gift to you. Freedom. Freedom from darkness, from sin, from shame and from guilt. No matter what you have done, God desires to be reconciled with you; and for you to be free to live the life you were truly created for. Bound in chains no more, the prison door opened wide; just like a calf let out of the stall, skipping and leaping and playing! This is your possibility . . .
The perfect gift. The most costly gift ever given. Jesus’ very life offered for you . . . Will you receive it today?
‘In other words, in Jesus Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and He has given us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:19
This is how we serve God, by offering His free Gift of Salvation to others, because we, ourselves have received it. Instead of offering people the things from our old life; angst, criticism, judgement, anger, bitterness, hatred, pride, etc.; we offer them the newness of Life that we have been given.
“Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, ‘Be reconciled to God!’ “ 2 Corinthians 5:20
What Good News it is to know this:
“God made the one who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 2:21
And, let me just say this: For any of my brothers and sisters in Jesus, who have gone back and dug up that grave where the old things are buried, I want you to know that your wandering back to the old things is forgiven as well. You can begin your walk with God anew. Take a moment and go again to the grave of the old things, put them were they belong and move on, celebrating your freedom in Jesus Christ!
“For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
His Eternal Blessings upon you, Ron
Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com