A New Year. A New You.
Today’s post comes from an amazing woman I’ve had the privilege of not only getting to know this past year, but also running a half marathon with! Brew your favorite cup of coffee and dive into the incredible truth that God is making us new in 2015 with my friend, Brett Detken…
Recently, I was looking through some old albums with my family. Each picture, each card, and each memento brought back so many memories. There were the good memories, the things I was proud of, the things that made me smile, and then there were the not so good memories…Like this…
I mean what was I thinking? Could my hair be any bigger?? UGH!
Maybe you can relate? Maybe, when you look into the mirror there are parts of you that you wish you could makeover in 2015. Maybe, you would like to make something new out of your temper, your insecurity, or how impatient you can be with those closest to you. Maybe you would change your need to people please, or control, or the fears that keep you stuck. But, no matter what OLD part of us we want to change in 2015, there is a way to be made over, and be made new.
“Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5
The word “behold” actually means “to fix one’s gaze upon,” in which I hear God beckoning us, “Don’t miss this! Don’t skim over this and don’t rush by! STOP! Stop what you are doing right now, before 2015 gets going so fast, that you wake up and its 2016…STOP and listen and hear me….I am making ALL things new!”
What great news that is for anyone who has dead, OLD, or weary hearts and souls. Right in these pages, it says that we can truly have a NEW year—if we let Him make all things new.
In fact, here are two areas I believe He wants to make new in us in 2015:
1. New mind
I used to hate staying by myself at night. I would hear some creak or noise in the backyard, and instantly my mind would be imagining every bad thing or person getting into my house. I would panic.
It was then, that I would remember every scary movie, where some young, gorgeous woman is home alone, (and yes…I am the young woman! I mean just because you are scared doesn’t mean you can’t still make yourself pretty!) and I would literally freak out. And the funny thing is, I knew it was probably just a cat, but my mind had taken over and blew it up larger than it ever needed to be.
Our minds are powerful things. In fact, God knew that the battle for our hearts, in many ways, would start in our heads. Check out 2 Corinthians 10:4-5:
“We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
The first thing that keeps us stuck in the past, and stuck with the OLD, are the lies we listen to in our heads. God is telling us in this verse that this is a battle, and you will either need to take the thought captive, OR you will be taken captive by fear, insecurity and all of those thoughts that tell us we are not enough.
So, how do we do this? Well, much like I do when I am scared at night, I turn on the light. We need to turn on the light of truth immediately in our minds.
When we feel those lies sneaking up, we need to shine the light of truth on those defeating words. Instead of listening to the voice that says, “You can’t…”, we need to go to battle and say, “I can…because God has chosen ME.” When our insides are screaming out that we can’t let go of the fear, we must scream back into the fear, that God will never leave or forsake us. And when we are feeling like we can’t forgive, like we can’t forget, risk, sing, serve, lead, coach, or sometimes just get up, we need to speak the truth, and say, “with God all things are possible!”
If we want God to make ALL things NEW, then it starts in our minds. We need to speak truth into our fear, into our weakness and let the light of truth bring us peace.
2. New Words
The second thing we need to do so that God can make all things new in 2015, is to let Him give us new words.
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25
If we want a new life, then we must live generously especially when it comes to our words. Often we tear others down, instead of building them up. We gossip, complain, talk behind each others backs, and we judge each other more than we would like to admit. But what if this year we committed to stop spreading toxic words, and instead are generous. The word “generous” means that the person we are extending our words to, did nothing to earn or deserve them, and yet we still choose to give them generously. How might this year look different if we were generous with our words to our families, our spouse, to our boss, to those who made demands on us, demeaned us and to those who sought to hurt us? How might God make new our hearts and our relationships, when we replace anger, passive aggression and distance, with love?
God wants to do NEW things in our lives, but it starts with generous living!
What a tremendous promise He gives us this year. More than just a New Year, we can be made new if we choose to take every thought captive, and if we choose to be generous with our words.
How will you allow God to do a new work in you in 2015?
Author: Emily B. Cummins
Emily Cummins is a University of Florida & College of Central Florida grad who is passionate about partnering with people to become who they were made to be. Emily is the Online Campus Pastor at Church of Hope in Ocala, Florida. She’s passionate about storytelling, good cups of coffee, and jamming to country music. And most importantly, she’s passionately pursuing becoming the woman God made her to be.