Scripture

Therefore if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  -2 Corinthians 5:17

Heart Thoughts

As I sit here and write this devotional I am watching my children play with other children from their dance team. One of the wonderful things about watching children is how everything is new to them. Everything is filled with awe and wonder. But what is also amazing about children is how easy it is for them let each other off the hook and give each other a fresh new start.

Have you ever met someone who is always saying, “It just runs in my family?” Or they say things like, “If I would have just been born in a different neighborhood, gone to a different school?” Or, “I come from a family with addition it just runs in the blood?” Or, “I just have failed to many times in the past to be a success right now?”

Here is what these people are missing, that the Messiah has already let them off the hook. The Messiah does not hold you to an old standard but gives you a fresh and brand new radical new starting line.

Rabbi Paul is drawing this radical teaching in 2 Cor 5:17 about the new creation from the promise of Israel’s future redemption from exile, which recalls the exodus from Egypt, Isaiah 43:18–19 reads: “Do not remember the former things, and do not consider the old things. Look, I am doing new things which will now spring up, and you will know them. And I will make a road in the desert and rivers in the dry land.” Rabbi Paul identifies these “new things” with the new fresh start that the Messiah gives you.

Now it is your turn. Let go of the old things. The past sins. The past mistakes. The past that held you back and start declaring that new things are coming. That new things are going to spring up in your life. Even miraculous things like rivers in the dry land and roads in the desert.

Bracha

May the Lord God of Israel who made God promises through prophet Isaiah and Rabbi Paul encourage your heart today. May you have the courage and strength to let go of the old and hold on firmly to the new. May the Lord cause unheard of new things to sprout up in your life today.

For the Feed

Rabbi Paul is drawing this radical teaching about the new creation from the promise of Israel’s future redemption from exile, which recalls the exodus from Egypt, Isaiah 43:18–19 reads: “Do not remember the former things, and do not consider the old things. Look, I am doing new things which will now spring up, and you will know them. And I will make a road in the desert and rivers in the dry land.” Rabbi Paul identifies these “new things” with the new fresh start that the Messiah gives you.