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A 'New Creature' and What it Means for You Today

Have you ever taken a moment and watched an old family video?  Recently I had the opportunity to watch my wedding video with two of my children.  The videographer was amazing and did a beautiful job capturing the ‘behind the scenes’ of my big day.   It was a very odd experience.  As I watched myself in the recording; moving, talking, joking and my overall behavior it felt like I was watching a person I barely remembered.  At this time in my life I did not have a personal relationship with Jesus.  It would be six years and three children after this video was taken that I would be ‘born again/saved,’ so I was watching on tape my ‘old self’…pre-Jesus, and based on God’s Word I knew ‘that person’ I was watching on tape is dead.  

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV ran through my mind:  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new..” (bold added)

The Bible verse above is explained in Rick Renner’s book “Sparkling Gems from the Greek” in this way “The word ‘new’ (in 2 Cor. 5:17) is from the Greek word kainos, and it describes something that is brand new or recently made.  It also carries the idea of something that is superior.  This means that when Jesus Christ came into your life, you were made brand, spanking new!  The new you is superior to the old you!  In fact, you are so new that this verse calls you a new ‘creature’!  The word ‘creature’ is the Greek word ktisis.  It is the same word used to describe the creation of the world.  When God created the universe, he used no existing materials or old elements to make it.  Everything in creation was newly made.  Now that same word is used to describe what happened to you the day you got saved.  Everything about you is new!  You’re not an amended, corrected, improved version of what you used to be.  You are an absolutely brand-new creation!  You are completely detached from the person you once were before Christ…That old person no longer exists.  She is dead.  You are brand new.” 

While we were watching the video my daughter said she couldn’t figure out why I looked so different.  I agreed with her and explained that since I didn’t know Jesus when my wedding pictures and video were taken everything about me was different, including my countenance.  I sat in awe, so thankful that I have been made ‘brand new,’ my spirit is new, my salvation is secure and I am fully alive through my belief in Jesus.

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Praise God today that you have been made a completely new creation and as Rick Renner says in “Sparkling Gems from the Greek” stop “laying claim to your family’s genetic problems, inheritable sicknesses, dysfunctional behavior, disorders, hang-ups, curses, or any other negative thing that was a part of your life before Christ.  That old person no longer exists.  He is dead.  You are completely and totally brand new!…Don’t you think it’s time to stop moaning about how dumb, stupid, ugly, (fearful, timid) or untalented you ‘feel’ compared to others?  Those ‘feelings’ are all lies.  Some of that may have been true before you were born again, but none of it is true of you now that you are a new creature in Christ.”  

In what ways do you most enjoy being ‘a new creature in Christ?’ 

(To learn more about how to have and grow in relationship with Jesus click here.)  

Written by Jamie Shaver

 

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The "Tug" In My Spirit Doesn't Make Sense!

As I lay down on the hotel bed to take a one-hour nap before we left for a church service in a large Midwestern city, I kept feeling a “tug” in my heart to stay home from the meeting that night.  But I wanted to go hear the special speaker that evening.  Besides, many of our ministry friends were going to be there, and I wanted to tell them goodbye since this was to be our last night in the area. As we walked out the door of the hotel room, I turned to Denise and said, “I don’t know why, Denise, but I think I’m going to let you go tonight, and I’m going to stay here.”  As she walked out the door, however, I couldn’t bear the thought of missing a fantastic night at the meeting, so I headed downstairs to the car that waited to take us.  I couldn’t figure out why I seemed impressed to stay in the room that night, so I overruled what my spirit was telling me and went on to church.

When the car pulled up to the church, I was overwhelmed with a “knowing” that I had to go back to the room.  Once again, I told Denise, “I’m going to tell everyone goodbye right now before the meeting begins; then I’m going back to the room.  I’ll see you when you get home from church tonight.”  But as I went around telling people goodbye, I got involved in first one conversation, then another, and then another, until time began to slip away.  Finally, the turmoil in my spirit became so strong that I asked the driver to take me right back to the hotel.

As I drove to the hotel, I kept thinking how irrational it was for me to feel like I needed to be at the hotel that night.  Why would I need to be there?  There was nothing urgent to do and no calls to make, so why did I have this incredible “urge” to get back to the hotel room?  But when I opened to the door to our room, I was stunned to see that the entire room had been ransacked.

  • Suitcases were sprawled across the room
  • Clothes were hurled all over the place
  • Denise’s jewelry boxes were opened, empty, and scattered on the floor.
  • My computer had been taken from the desk where it had been sitting
  • My briefcase that contained my tickets, my passport, and my visas was gone

When I saw that my computer and briefcase were gone, I realized that whoever had done this hadn’t just stolen those two items.  The information on my computer and in my briefcase included:

  • Nine years of important study notes.
  • My American passport.
  • My Latvian residence visa.
  • My brand-new Russian visa.
  • All my international travel documents.
  • All my credit cards.
  • My birth certificate.
  • My Daytimer that was filled with vital addresses and phone numbers.

The above story is a direct quote and excerpt from “Sparkling Gems From The Greek” by Rick Renner.

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I was captivated by his story.  I couldn’t help but picture being in his shoes.  How frustrated would you be with yourself?!

I also imagined what it would have been like had he obeyed.  Most likely, a quite, peaceful night would have ensued where “nothing” seemed to happen.  There was once a time when I wanted to go to a women’s bible study that my friend was leading back in my hometown where I would’ve been able to see a lot of women I had not seen in a long time.  I wanted to go so badly; however, I felt the same “tug” that said I should stay at my parent’s home and not go!  What?!  God was asking me not to go to a bible study?!  It seemed ridiculous.  I did obey that “tug” and stayed home.  I hated making that phone call because I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to catch-up and enjoy  getting into God’s Word with my friends.  I remember wondering “why” God wanted me to stay at my parent’s house that night.  Nothing “important” seemed to happen.  I did not “hear” from God in some mighty way as I sometimes expect when God asks me to do something.  Instead, it was a regular ol’ night, uneventful.  I wonder what God protected me from?  We know we have an enemy that wants to rob, kill and destroy.

In Acts 13:4

So then, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from [that port] they sailed away to Cyprus

We know that God will never ask us to do something, send us somewhere, or keep us from something that is not in our very best interest.  We just need to obey.

Trust that He has a good reason for every. single. thing. He will ever ask of you.  He can be trusted, even when we don’t know why He asked us to do what He’s asking us to do.  We may never know what He saved us from experiencing.  I would much rather have an uneventful day/night because of my obedience, then to sin by disobeying  or as Rick Renner shares above “delayed obedience” and “discover” the reason  WHY God was prompting me to do a certain thing.

What is your experience with the Holy Spirit's prompting?  Share your story with us!

Written by Jamie Shaver

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