Thursday, July 20, 2023

Pastor's Ponderings, July 20, 2023

This Is A Fresh New Day In Christ


This is a fresh new day in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).  It is a new opportunity to do right, live right, act right and be right.  We cannot let guilt over the past destroy our present, but we must press on to Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).  We may have done bad things yesterday, last week and last year but let us forgive ourselves, forgive others and as much as possible, make full restitution for our past acts.


We could spend our days trying to make ourselves happy but that is a never-ending task. There is always something new, bright, and shiny that will draw us to them and fuel our desire to be like everyone else and to have those new things.  If we don’t get them, we feel deprived.  But the Bible tells us that if we only try to please ourselves, we will get ruin and destruction (Galatians 6:8).


We should not allow worldly wisdom to determine our time and priorities.  Rather we should ask God what we can do to bring about His will in the earth (Galatians 6:10).  We should do good and when it is appropriate, God will bless us (Galatians 6:9).


There is much in the earth that can sadden us. But let us declare that today we will be blessed since goodness and mercy will follow us all our life (Psalm 23:6). For those who love the Lord, we know that we have a home forever with Christ.  It is a new day in Christ, let us enjoy Him (Psalm 118:24).

2 Corinthians 5:17

New International Version

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!


Philippians 3:13-14
New International Version

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


Galatians 6:8

Amplified Bible

8 For the one who sows to his flesh [his sinful capacity, his worldliness, his disgraceful impulses] will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life


Galatians 6:9, 10

New International Version

9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 

10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.


Psalm 23:6

New International Version

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever 


Psalm 118:24

New International Version

The LORD has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad in it.


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