2011 A New Year A New You?
By Richard J Grund
Every year we make a New Year’s Resolution (decree, decision, declaration or promise ) to do something and it never happens.
A new fitness regime, diet, hobby, behavior modification, etc. make January a busy month.
Health Clubs and fitness centers count on three things. 1 – They count on you over indulging for the holidays. 2- They count on you making getting into shape a New Year’s Resolution. 3 – They count on you plunking down your money, committing to a contract and then never coming. The attrition rate for health club memberships is 80%. If everyone who had a membership showed up at any given time every health, safety and fire code would be violated.
The fact is many people will make a declaration but never follow through.
Your Christian walk is the same. And, the enemy is just like the health club owners, he hopes you don’t follow through.
2 Corinthians 5:17(NKJV) 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
It wasn’t so long ago that I asked the Lord if I was a new creation why was there still much of the “old me” around. I made the declaration, said the prayer but still seemed a lot like the “old me” in many ways. Oh, don’t get me wrong. There was a dramatic change. You couldn’t be as demonically bound, even possessed, and not show a change once Yeshua/Jesus became Lord of my life. Many who were present that day at church mentioned the immediate change in my appearance and even the increase in light around me. What no one explained, and I learned the hard way, was that salvation was instantaneous and sanctification was a process.
Maybe I needed a different interpretation of the scripture from 2 Corinthians.
2 Corinthians 5:17(NLT) 17This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
There it is – a new LIFE had begun. And, with any new life we must learn how to walk and do the things necessary to survive. I needed, and received, guidance from a mentor who showed me by example and direction into The Word how to live this new life of mine. Luckily for me both he and my passion for the Lord made me hunger the meat of the Word. Yeshua/Jesus is the Bread of Life and I was partaking of that bread. I hungered and thirsted for Him.
John 6:32-35(NKJV) 32Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
33For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
35And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
The process of sanctification – consecrating and dedicating our life to the Lord – is just that…a process. It takes time to develop and has to be allowed to grow. It must be nurtured and cultivated. It doesn’t just happen. You must “go” to Him (v. 35) and receive from Him what you need.
Jeremiah 29:11-13(NKJV) 11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
12Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
13And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Hebrews 11:6(NKJV) 6But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
When you seek Him with all of your heart; holding nothing back, you will find Him. That is a promise written in Blood.
What is the reward for those who diligently seek Him?
Revelation 3:20-21(NKJV) 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
21To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
That permanent intimacy you seek can only come when YOU seek HIM. You cannot and will not be changed until you find Him.
The first step in the process of living this new life is to seek Him with all of your heart. I do not care how long you’ve been saved or how long you think you’ve been saved. If the old zombie you is still hanging around I suggest you seek Him with all of your heart and jump-start that sanctification process.
Psalms 42:1-2(NRSVA) 1 As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?
There may be some who haven’t even begun the salvation process let alone the sanctification process.
May I suggest a New Year’s Resolution from The Bible for you?
Isaiah 55:6(NKJV) 6 Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.
Twice in Revelation 22 ( verses 7 & 12) He says, “Behold, I am coming quickly!”
Soon and very soon He will return and if you haven’t sought Him and found Him it will be too late.
Richard J GrundThe Porch on Solomon’s Porch P.O. Box 713 Windermere, FL 34786-0713