Every day can be a new beginning and a fresh start but somehow in this world most people look to Mondays and January 1st to begin again. I want to bring a 2nd look to help renew and refresh your memory and to explain how the work got done.
Still there are some who seem to repeatedly ask, “What new resolutions will I determine to habit each day this week or this year?” This mentality can keep us searching for what is wrong with me or what do I need to “do” instead of keeping our focus on what “has been done.”
I am so thankful for the love shown to me by Pastors Gary and Sandra Garner, Pastor Lynn, their family, and church body during the loss of my husband, Pat. The picture with the New Beginnings clock was a gift to me while I was there in Arkansas.
Pastor Gary said it well in his Six Steps to the Throne series and booklet. “By Him giving Himself for our sins, He delivered us from this present evil world. The cross was God’s way of delivering us, not only from who you used to be, but from the evil of this world.” Our old man was crucified with Christ to rest in the new creation of God in Him. (Galatians 6:14 & Galatians 1:3-4) We are here to rest in the NEW creation of God, created in righteousness and true holiness. Each day is fresh to rest in peace without fear.
Seeing what Jesus DID for us was once and for all, so we would know Him and settle down into His love. Jesus came confirming the royal mandates from the heart of God. It is said of the children of Israel that the greatest evil they did was not the golden calf but their unbelief. Praise God for Romans 11:32 & 33 … whereby He hath concluded us all unbelievers so that His Covenant of Mercy is enforced for all. How is this enforced? By the power of the same spirit that raised Him up out of the grave. The Spirit of Holiness is what Romans 1:4 states, which spirit with whom we are made partakers with Christ and share all things as a joint heir of salvation. (Hebrews 3:12)
It is time for us to reap what HE HAS sown for us.
While I was growing up, my dad worked for Voice of America and KTAR news. He would tell me it is always important for you to “consider the source” first. I took that to heart for my spiritual journey too. Our source is rooted and grounded in the love of God and His Spirit of Holiness. He is also called The Root of Jesse which is Jesus. This life in the Kingdom is lived from the inside out.
Trying to fix ourselves can be depressing. No matter how hard we try, it is impossible to be grateful and depressed at the same time. When we keep our focus on the New Creation Man in Christ, joy is experienced with a heart that is thankful. Looking and focusing on New Year resolutions can keep us looking at the wrong man. Trying to fix ourselves or feeling incomplete when He said, “I myself will satisfy your heart.” In Psalms 23 … the Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want is translated I shall not need anything to complete me.
Did you forget where you walk and the beauty of His resting place? Recognize means to KNOW again. There is only ONE resolution for me each day in this New Creation Man of God. To Know Him and the Power of His Resurrection which is Christ the Spirit of Holiness. We are in a fixed position of rest in His holy habitation. May you know Him in a new and fresh way today and all year through. ~Always-N-Joy, Joanne