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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa.  He is amongst others a blogger and lyrics writer. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Dec 30

Written by: Andries
Sunday, December 30, 2018 5:14:01 PM  RssIcon

God paid the supreme, final price to bring us back to him. He gave his Son, to suffer ultimate sacrifices that we will be able to leave the foolish and destructive life within the kingdom of the world and start living in the Body of Christ. Jesus paid the price - and conquered the enemies who want to pull us back into darkness. The Lord wants to clothe us with Christ-like living that frees from the slavery of our weak self-serving human nature, our mistakes and our offences of the past. God’s purpose for us in becoming new creatures, is that our Lord wants us to prosper in Christ, our Redeemer, also during 2019.
 
This is Paul’s message in 2 Corinthians 5: 16 – 21: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Everything old has passed away. Everything has become new.”
 
It's never too late to make new beginnings. If anyone is in Christ, everything old has passed. Everything can become new by the grace of God and through faith in Christ.
 
It is not in the first place our faithfulness and diligence that will bring the new beginning to fruition that God has given us.
The new beginning starts with believing that God has made us a new creation and it starts with the power of God through which we put into practice to be the new person that God calls us to be. It starts with prayerful decisions and practical plans to behave, to act, as God’s new creation in all circumstances.

 

 

 

 

Paul tells us about the new behaviours of anyone who is in Christ in Romans 13:13: "Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature."

 

 

 

Putting God’s new beginnings into practice means to stop supporting those that celebrate evil, wickedness, malicious lies and disagreements with underhanded self-centred agendas, jealousy and all the other desires of our selfish sinful nature that excels within an environment polluted with spiritual dirt and impurity.
 
Implementing God’s new beginnings means to put on the risen Christ as our festive clothes and celebrate his fresh grace, mercy and holiness as we enter the open doors the Lord gives us in 2019.  And the Bible says that this is the rule of thumb: “Let us behave decently, as in the daytime!”
 
We are called to trust in God as we enter this new year of our Lord, 2019. We are called to trust God for new beginnings, based on his sacrifice, victory, faithfulness, holiness and his loving promises for our lives.
 
I wish you a prosperous 2019, celebrated in truly festive clothes, which can only be the Lord Jesus Christ.
    

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