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2012. A New Year. New resolutions, new plans, and new opportunities. NEW!
So what will be new for you? What new thing will transpire in the course of the coming year? What new experience will you encounter? What new idea will you come up with and share with the world? What new dreams will you launch? What new experience will enhance your life story this year?
God actually has quite a bit to say about NEW! In fact, doing a quick search through His story I discovered He’s pretty stoked about NEW. Here’s a quick sampling:
- NEW life! (Ezra 9:9, Acts 5:20, Rom. 6:4)
- NEW song! (Ps. 33:3, Isa. 42:10, Rev. 5:9)
- NEW thing(s)! (Isa. 42:9, :43:19)
- NEW name! (Isa. 62:6, Rev. 2:17)
- NEW heaven(s) and NEW earth! (Isa. 65:17, 2 Pet. 3:13, Rev. 21:1)
- NEW covenant! (Jer. 31:31, Luke 22:20, 1 Cor. 11:25, 2 Cor. 3:6, Heb. 8:6)
- NEW mercies/compassions! (Lam. 3:23)
- NEW heart & spirit! (Ezek. 18:31)
- NEW teaching! (Mark 1:27)
- NEW wine & NEW wineskins! (Mark 2:22)
- NEW tongues! (Mark 16:17)
- NEW command! (John 13:34, 1 John 2:8)
- NEW way of the Spirit! (Rom. 7:6)
- NEW creation! (2 Cor. 5:17, Gal. 6:15)
- NEW order! (Heb. 9:10)
- NEW and living way! (Heb. 10:20)
- NEW birth! (1 Pet. 1:3)
- And in Revelation 21:5 we hear God’s vision for the future, “I am making everything new!”
Isn’t it interesting then, that some will quote Solomon, who at the peak of his cynicism and humanistic outlook, stated, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccles. 1:9). Really? Nothing new? Is that true about the arts, technologies, constructions, ideas—none of that is new?
God is about NEW! His first recorded act is NEW creation. Humanity’s greatest attribute—being made in God’s image—means we are called to create NEW things! What will that be this year? What NEW creation will God birth in you in 2012?
So go ahead…create something NEW! Engage in the NEW that God brings your way!
I wish you a happy NEW Year!