New Year, New You: Six Things the Bible Teaches Us

New Year New You

New Year, New You, at this time of year, it’s what we do. We all long for something new and we see evidence of that everywhere we look when a new year approaches. Search the internet for the most common new year’s resolutions and you see a big shift in the things people want one week after Christmas.

 

During Christmas our desire is for new things: new clothes, new shoes, new jewelry, new cars, new computers, phones, and the latest and greatest technology. We get gifts and satisfy our longings for a brief moment and one week later, we realize we still need something new. This time our need for “new” looks more at our self, our choices, and our lifestyle than at material objects.

 

New Year, New You, Has People Talking About:

  • Losing weight, Healthier diet
  • Exercising, getting in shape,
  • Saving money, getting out of debt
  • Self-care, better education, new skills
  • Getting organized, breaking bad habits
  • Abundant living, more family time, new hobbies, reducing stress, more travel time

 

The reality is we all want to turn over a new leaf, to have new bodies and new lives. No wonder the word, new is used 153 times in the Bible. The one who created us to desire new has quite a bit to say about it.

 

Six Things the Bible Teaches Us About His New Work In Us

 

1.  Desire NEW and know there is no SHAME in it.

 

God created us to desire something new. The desire for new was put in our hearts by the God of old, The Ancient of Days, who is all about the new. If God created us to desire new, there is no guilt or shame in that desire.

 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts,

except that no one can find out the work that God does from the beginning to the end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

2.   Recognize that God gives us a new name, a new heart, and a new ­spirit.

God gives us a new name.

 

The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory.
you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD will name.

Isaiah 62:2

 

New names reveal what is new. When a man and woman get married, a woman commonly takes her husband’s name. This name change reveals a new family and future. Sometimes people change their names to disconnect or disassociate from the past and sometimes names are changed for someone’s protection.

Is there some area that you feel like your name was damaged and you need a new name?

Personally,  I damaged my own name by living a life that brought shame to my name. Therefore, I am tremendously grateful that I will one day get a new name.

 

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  

To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat.

And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name

written which no one knows except him who receives it.”

Revelation 2:17

 

God gives us a new heart and new spirit.

 

Life in this world wounds our hearts. Death brings separation and pain and we often try erect walls around our heart to shield us from pain. Sin wounds and scars our hearts; as a result, we often develop a hard heart towards God. My heart was the hardest when I was living in sin and did not want to do life any other way. Hard hearts also form when we think we have it together and need nothing outside of ourselves. Therefore, God gives us new hearts because ours have been broken.

 

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;

I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26

 

3.  Forget the past and know it can be the greatest hindrance to receiving our new.

 

The simple truth is remembering and focusing on our past failures and even successes can keep us living in the past and hinder our forward progress to experience all that God has for us.

 

“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.

Isaiah 43:18

 

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13-14

 

4.  See the new and know God works new.

 

When God does something new, He wants us to see it. He wants us to see His work and we do see the new and good things He has prepared for us when we focus on Him.

 

See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:19

 

5.  Realize that God reveals His new in our desert and wasteland.

 

Instead of allowing discouragement to take over, I want to encourage you to realize that in the desert and wasteland is where Jesus likes to work. When we have exhausted all of our resources and cry out to Him, He shows up.

 

   6.   Sing a new song.

 

We don’t sing new songs when we are discouraged, but rather, we sing new songs when we are encouraged.  The truth is there are times, you and I will have to choose to choose to stir ourselves up. As we stir ourselves up, God will be faithful a new song for you to sing.

 

Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare;

Before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Sing to the LORD a new song,

And His praise from the ends of the earth, You who go down to the sea,

and all that is in it, You coastlands and you inhabitants of them!

Isaiah 42:9-10

 

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