A New Creation.

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

Tribulation.

Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

I had a rough day yesterday. Nancy and I were travelling to North Carolina for a ‘Hearts & Hands for Haiti’ Board meeting. We’d stayed in a Hotel the night before to break up the long trip. When I woke up, I knew immediately that something was very wrong on the ‘inside’ of me. Do you know what I’m talking about? The day was beautiful, I was travelling with my lovely wife. Everything was great on the exterior. But, inside me, I woke up to a war zone of despairing thoughts and darkness.

Have you ever had a day where you’ve woken up, and from the get-go you’re in some dark, funky place in your mind? No matter what you do you cannot shake the mood that has taken over. You attempt to change your mindset by thinking about good things, but like molasses, the darkness inhabiting your mind at the moment oozes out and covers every effort to break free. Nothing you can put your finger on has caused this funk, it’s just there, like some uninvited green monster hulking about in living room of your mind!

That’s tribulation.

Oh, there are other forms of tribulation, but this type of torment is tribulation of the spirit. It is darkness from the enemy (you know, Satan, the Devil and his minions). It is his attempt to overwhelm us from the inside-out and cover us in a blanket of despair. After all, the last thing the Devil wants to see is a free and joyous Christian!

We are told in the Bible that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and dark spiritual forces in heavenly places . . .

My friend, these things are true. I think we can all attest to it. When, for no reason whatsoever, we are driven like sheep into a dark cave of despair, we can know with absolute certainty that it is a spiritual attack. And, with a spiritual attack, we can only overcome with spiritual weapons.

” . . . for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of strongholds. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3,4

One of the greatest spiritual weapons we have is The Word of God. Opening God’s Word and reading it will often bring us instant victory and relief from Satan’s lies. In my dark place I found relief here, in this cozy corner of God’s Word:

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ . . . and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character, and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the Love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:1-4

I pray, my friend, when your dark day dawns, that you to will find victory over the enemy with the mighty weapon given to you: The sword of the Spirit, The Word of God!

His grace & Mercy upon you! ~Ron

Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

Humility.

Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4

Humility is unnatural. Humility is despised by the world. Humility is the antithesis of what is valued and encouraged by the ‘elite’ of mankind. When Jesus spoke the words written above, those words would have been deemed at that time, insanity, a joke, preposterous. To become a child? To submit to the degradation of dependence, of neediness, of vulnerability? NO! Those concessions were considered to be a ridiculous proposal; the path of a fool!

Not so for Jesus. God, choosing freely to enter into the world as a man, to submit to the wrath of sinful men. To take their sin; the very hate they had for Him; upon Himself. To surrender to a punishment He did not deserve, to a judgement that was not His own, but ours!

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8

How can we not but follow this Glorious One? How can we not, but imitate His wonderful character? How can we not, but choose to walk through this world, as He walked; despised, yet continuing to love; rejected, yet continuing to offer Himself as a ransom for His enemies? Should we defend ourselves; or, be as He was, and commit our reputation to our Heavenly Father? What will bring God more honor, to scratch and claw for a positive impression of ourselves among people by fighting for our reputation, or, to submit it all to God’s loving oversight?

Jesus showed us the glorious way. Jesus revealed the heavenly way. Jesus walked the narrow way. Jesus laid His life down to declare the godly way.

My brothers and sisters, we must follow. We have no choice if we would desire to bring honor to our God. After all, He poured all His glory out for us!

And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be brought low; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. Matthew 23:12

May The Lord be exalted within our humility; by us choosing to be submitted to His shining pattern for us!

Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

His Grace, Ron