Spring Cleaning- A New You Spring Bible Challenge Day 5

Three promises from God’s Word about renewal to encourage you

Are you ready for a change? Spring is a good time to take stock of what you have, decide what you need to get rid of and replace or repair broken things that are no longer useful. It is good to do this not only for your home but for your heart. God wants to give you a fresh perspective and a new beginning no matter where you are right now. God offers you the chance to break free from the troubling things from of your past. He is the source of long-lasting, authentic,  renewal and restoration through Jesus Christ.

Because of his great love for you, God wants you to move forward and grow into the new thing he has for you. Without understanding God’s plan to do a new thing, it is hard to have hope. You may feel stuck in your old ways, old mindsets and old attitudes. You may ask yourself if you will ever change. God’s promises in the Bible give you hope. You can break free and do a new thing through the power of the Holy Spirit!

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, any time is time for a spiritual spring cleaning. Are there attitudes and behaviors you need to ask God to remove from your life? He wants to help you through the work of the Holy Spirit. He left the Holy Spirit here for to teach and guide you in the way you should go- forward!

Throughout the Bible, we see the arc of the theme of God’s plan of renewal. From the Old Testament to Revelation, learn that God is a God of new things and he wants to make you new too.

Let’s look at 3 verses about God as a newness-maker.

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 11:19, NIV)

God will give you a new heart of flesh, a heart focused only on him. What does this mean? Sometimes, human hearts grow cold. You grow cold towards God and man. You neglect to thank and praise God for all he does for you. Your affections turn towards other desires instead of wanting to spend time with God. God knows your human condition just as he knew the condition of the Israelites in the time of Ezekiel. If you are willing, he offers to soften your heart and turn it back towards him.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)

You are a new creation. Do you believe that? That is who God says you are through his word. But what about those stubborn habits you can’t break, the bad attitudes you want to get rid of? You must persevere and believe that God will follow through on his promise and bring everything to completion that he promises. Resist the lies of the devil as he tells you that you aren’t really new, you will never change and any changes you made will go away.

Through prayer and meditating on God’s Word that you are a new creation, you can change. Remember who you used to be and thank God for how far he bought you so far. Thank him in advance for how he will continue to conform you to the image of Christ.

“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”” (Revelation 21:5, NIV)

At the end of the age, God promises complete newness of all things for every believer. Jesus is coming back and instead of being new creations in an old fallen earth, you will enjoy being a new creation in a new heaven and earth. How exciting! You have a new world to look forward to that is perfect. You will spend all of eternity in this new, splendid place thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross! Thank you Jesus!

Application

It’s never too late to start anew. God makes a fresh spring season each year and he can give you a new heart too. Spend time this spring committing to refresh your connection to Jesus through his word.

Celebrate as you meditate on these verses about God making a new you!

  1. Copy today’s verses either on paper or type them into your phone or computer.
  2. Read and re-read them at least 3 times.
  3. Choose one to memorize:

Isaiah 58:12, Isaiah 40:31, Lamentations 3:22-23, Isaiah 42:10

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