Pastor’s March Blog

A New You Requires New Thinking

You may recall that we started 2019 with a message I gave entitled, “New Year; New You.” In last month’s newsletter I highlighted four practical tips to help you achieve your personal goals. In this article, I would like to share with you seven powerful Bible verses to help you also. Fact is, without new thinking we will never change. The battle to change and grow begins in the mind. Proverbs 23:7 in the KJV says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is.”

Spring is coming and so is the opportunity for growth and new life.  New beginnings bud around you and within you every day. You don’t need to wait for a clean slate. God is in the business of making all things new. His healing brings restoration beyond understanding, no matter where you come from or what you’ve done. To help you cling to the promise of God’s restoration, here are seven powerful Bible verses about a new beginning to experience in this world–and the next. Take time to dwell on each one and let God’s truth sink in.

God has made us new.

1.  2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Truth: You are new in Christ, even today.

  1. Colossians 3:9-11

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. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Truth: Your old, sinful nature is dead. You learn to grow in your new identity in Christ as you learn more about His character.

  1. Isaiah 43:18-19

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 wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Truth: God calls us to let go of “former things,” so we can cling to our new identity in Christ.

  1. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

Truth: God continually makes us new. Every moment of every day brings a fresh beginning.

God is making all things new.

5.   Genesis 1:31a

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Truth: In the beginning, God made all things and called them good.

  1. Lamentations 3:22-24

Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

Truth: Though we may face difficult times, God renews His grace in every situation we face.

7.  Revelation 21:1-3

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, & there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, & he will dwell with them. They will be his people, & God himself will be with them & be their God.

Truth: God’s ultimate goal of renewal is to become perfectly united with His people, as things were in the Garden of Eden.

These Bible verses about a new beginning reveal that every moment brings a fresh start. God has made and is making all things new – and this includes you. Truth is: You are already new in Jesus Christ! The challenge for us now is to be who we are. That is, to live into and appropriate the new life and new identity God has already given us. A new you requires new thinking!

Sincerely in Christ,

Pastor Dave Van Netten