Mulling over the theme of ‘renewal’ and Scripture, I was reminded of Paul’s words found in Romans 12:1-2
Therefore [in light of what he has shared about our salvation, justification and sanctification] I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice–alive, holy, and pleasing to God–which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God–what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.
But the musings continued… renewal… to make new. I kept coming back to the Jeremiah’s burst of praise in the midst of his lamentations,
The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never case,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,
‘Therefore I have hope in Him.’
Still, sometimes it doesn’t feel that way — does it? I have a friend who changed the lyrics to the old song “Feelings.” He’d say (or sing, rather) “Feelings. We live by faith not feelings…” He meant choosing to believe what God has said is true and trusting it when our feelings say otherwise.
Romans 1-11 showed us that if we have believed Jesus to be the Son of God and yielded to His rulership, we were justified (declared “not guilty” of our sin) once and for all. Then it continues to explain how we can live our new life freed from slavery to sin.
And yet, we still sin. So what then… how does that work? These thoughts brought me to 1 John 1:9 which says,
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The penalty for our sins has been paid. Once we are justified it is “just as if I’d” never sinned — and He will make that brand new too as we come to Him confessing our sins. His mercies are new every morning. That’s good news.
Thank you for your prayers last month. Things are a bit better. I hope your holidays were full and joyful and that your joy keeps growing! You may download my portion of the blog train here. I had hoped to fix some of these verses shared here to fit the scroll, but ran out of time.
May your 2014 be one of walking forward in confidence of His constant goodness and love. Bless you.
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