New! – Jan. 1st, 2019

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.   2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

New! – Jan. 1st, 2019

Behold, all things are new!

Welcome to 2019. I’m a little late this morning getting this devotional blog written.  See there is something new with the blog today. You’ll notice something different about the way that the blog will be displayed going forward. I was using Adobe Spark to compose the daily messages for Selah Musings. Even though I enjoyed the function and styling that the tool brought to the blog, I really didn’t care for having to send my readers to a different web host to pick up there devotional.  So that is fixed now. A new tool allows me the liberty of formatting my content externally and then simply including it for you to read, right here, right on Selah Musings.

New Also…

A Love Relationship – Let Us Pray was released overnight. The Kindle eBook edition is now for sale on Amazon. The paperback edition should be available in the next couple days, but today, this new book is now available.

I’ve been working on this book for a little more than 18 months. I was hoping to get it to release on New Year’s Day and just made it by the skin of my teeth.

Of course, we have a new year we have embarked on as of this morning. I hadn’t planned on staying up past midnight but with the release of the book and trying to get this new interface working for the website, I spent some time tinkering with it and before I knew it the countdown had been accomplished on Fox News and it was January 1st in the central time zone.

That, of course, signaled time for bed, past time actually.

Constantly New

For disciples of Jesus New Year’s comes as a different type of celebration. Perhaps better described as a celebration and a call to action.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!   2 Corinthians 5:17 (CSB)

The King James version says “behold, all things are become new.” We are awash in newness this first day of the year.

We should be ‘becoming new’ constantly as followers of Jesus as his grace renews us all the time. But it is especially noteworthy this first day of a new year.

But I mentioned a call to action as well. And that call to action is also persistent just as we are blessed with our spiritual renewal constantly, Jesus charges us with the task he left for us to accomplish.

That task is to ‘Go’.

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20 (CSB)

Go, be his disciples. Go, make more disciples. Go, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Go, teach them as we’ve been commanded. Just go!

Our going to and from the store. Our going to work and back home again. Our going to be with friends. Our going to share the light in us with those we might not normally see ourselves associating with.  After all, if you’re going to “make disciples”, it helps a great deal if we are able to reach those who are not disciples already.  Yeah, that ‘E’ word. And yes, you too!

It really isn’t that big of a deal to put yourself out there on the front lines of evangelism. If you have given your life to Christ Jesus ‘you’ have a story to tell. You have the experience to share. That experience may be a bit rusty because you have not bothered to polish it up, so you can show it to the world, but you need to! You are called to!

But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.   John 1:12-13 (CSB)

That Experience

It just doesn’t get any simpler than to take what you know and share that knowledge with someone who hasn’t experienced it. Witnessing isn’t a hard thing to do. It’s natural if we are properly equipped.

Each and every believer has the knowledge of what their lives were like before Christ Jesus took control. Each of them should remember what it was like when the burden was lifted from our backs and we realized that surrender meant freedom for the first time in our lives. We know what Jesus has done and is doing in us and through us.

Why is that such a difficult thing to share with people?  It isn’t, but we tend to think of it as being hard and scary.

All we need is something to break the surface tension of being separated from others. Those ‘others’ that we are to love, the way Jesus has loved us.

I can only think of two possible reasons why we don’t.

The first is that the enemy has convinced us that we are unworthy to represent our Master, or we haven’t made him a master in the first place, so we don’t have the experience to reference.

Yes, that would scare me too!

So, the call to action is the same one that we’ve had from the beginning, go! Go and tell your story when you’ve been given the opportunity to give it. Go and make the opportunities to give your story. There are tools to help you. I like the Million Dollar Bills that are available from livingwaters.com. They make them for special dates on the calendar and in simple $1,000,000 form.

We can also be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, which we are supposed to be in the first place and reach out to the ‘others’ asking them for what you can pray for on their behalf. There is nothing that can lead to a spiritual conversation than opening up the possibility of God intervening in their lives.  If they take you up on it, they are placing some modicum of faith in what you’re offering them, opening. If they pass, they pass. But often they will present an objection, protest, or excuse why your intercession on their behalf is not worthwhile, or necessary. It is then that the greatest opportunity for you to share ‘YOUR STORY’ with them exists, and you may well find that the Holy Spirit transforms the chance encounter into a ‘new’ divine appointment.

Behold, all things have become new!  Revel in the newness today and every day. Polish up that story of yours and if you don’t have one, consider getting one by giving your life to the one that gave his life for you, Jesus!

Happy New Year!

In His Grace!
Kip…

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