My New and Improved Devotional

By Tim Ewing —  March 6, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Inspired by The Full Armor Band’s song “New Creation”

Listen to “New Creation” by clicking here

Marketing experts discovered long ago that a good way to sell a product is to add the words “new and improved.” The only thing that may be new and improved is the package, but we believe the product is better. There is something in us that love the newest and the latest. We crave for new cloths, new cars, new houses, new friends, new career, and everything new. But getting new things will not satisfy our inner cravings. They may bring some little excitement into our lives but after some time they leave us dry and empty. This is because we are still the same old person on the inside. New surroundings or new appearance can’t satisfy our desires. We need a change in the inside of us. And it is only God who can give us that change through Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross.

When Jesus died and rose again on the third day, Jesus paid for every one of our sins, past, present and future.  At no cost to any one of us, Jesus took care of the debt of sin we owed.  God placed all of our sins upon Jesus as He hung on the cross, which means that we can start out fresh, and be forgiven of our sin.  We become a brand new creation in Jesus. The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

God is the Giver of new things that last forever. When we come to Him by faith in Christ, He gives us a new nature, a new heart, a new life, a new hope, a new purpose, and new opportunities. Our slates have been wiped clean. All the mistakes we’ve made all the stupid things we’ve done, embarrassing or otherwise, no longer matter to God. We may still have to accept the consequences of our actions, but we can take comfort in knowing that it God’s sight we are new creations.

However, just because we’re made new doesn’t mean we stay that way permanently. There is constantly a war going on inside of you. Your spirit and your flesh are in a boxing ring every day. You are fighting a battle between your spirit and your flesh to gain control of your mind. If your flesh can get you to start thinking in line with your fleshly desires, then your flesh wins. But if you renew your mind and start thinking in line with God’s Word, your spirit wins. You need to decide to daily renew your mind with the Word of God, because it is only when you do that you will change, and your spirit will have ultimate victory.

We are a work in progress. We will always have areas of struggle. We will never be perfect this side of heaven. But let me tell it to you straight. If you are a true believer, the “Before” and “After” photos will look completely different. You cannot be a new creation in Christ and live like the old person without Him. Remember: When man puts something that has been broken back together, it is usually not as good as before. But when Jesus does it, all things become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17) The One who made the heavens and the earth is more than able to make it better than it was before!

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Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to facebook.com/kindredconcerts or by emailing him at kindredconcerts@gmail.com

The Full Armor Band is five-piece band contemporary Christian folk group from Middletown, NY. “New Creation” can be found on their new CD titled “None The Same,” which can be found on the band’s official website www.fullarmorband.com, iTunes and Amazon.,” For more information about The Full Armor Band you can visit their website or Facebook page at facebook.com/fullarmorband

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