It is a fact that when the clock and calendar change from one year to another, from 11:59 pm to 12 am of the new year, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING CHANGES.
There is nothing new except the year date- we have switched from 2016 to 2017. You woke up with the same body you had when you turned in.
You woke up with another 24 hours in your day just like the day before. No one handed you and I anything new that would make any part of our lives new in any way. Nothing really changed between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
But we make it a celebration.
Psychologists theorize that one of the main reasons we celebrate the New Year is our desire for survival. Another year, and we are still here. Let’s celebrate that we made it to another significant date on the calendar, especially when we see the obituaries of those who are no longer here.
I have no reason to object to celebrating the ringing in of a New Year.
Over the years I have heard all this talk of having a new slate, a new life, a new opportunity in the New Year. In reality our slate hasn’t changed, our life is the same, and we have the same opportunities we had when we went to bed on New Year’s Eve. Only the calendar has changed.
THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE NEW THING IN THE NEW YEAR.
I am going to give you two things that can be new in the New Year, but they are one and the same. The one flows out of the other…
THE NEW MAN
In the New Year, you and I can be a new man…We are the only thing that can be really new in the New Year.
How does that happen?
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
“Born again” sounds new to me
If you have never been born again, then you are not new on the inside.
If you have been born again, then your sins and iniquities God will remember no more.
From the Cross of Calvary where Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, till this present moment, God has ordained that all who come into His Kingdom come in by being born again by faith.
It is a miracle- God changes a person miraculously on the inside- He writes His law in their mind and heart- their body becomes the Temple of the Holy Spirit- God dwells in us!
Jesus said “Ye must be born again.” You must be made new.
The Bible describes it this way…
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
There is a second part to this…
First…THE NEW MAN…and then second…
THE NEW PLAN
Out of the life of a new man flows the new plan of God for that man
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
If we are made new on the inside, then it stands to reason we should live differently than we lived as the old man.
One of our problems is that we want to be that new man and still live in the old man’s world. We have to let go of the one to keep the other.
We can’t live like the old man lived and claim to be a new man
I WANT THE LIFE OF THE OLD MAN TO BE GONE!
You can walk in newness of life
God has set your clock ahead for you- He leaves our clock on this earth still set to a specific ending, but our eternal clock is set-
Our resolutions don’t usually last- some 86% of those who make them fail to keep them. We become a disappointment to ourselves.
With Jesus Christ, you can walk in newness of life… You can live the born again life every day.
GOD HAS A NEW PLAN FOR THE NEW MAN
But there may be days you don’t feel so new…we all have them. There will be days we are in heaviness through manifold temptations…
There will be days when someone of some event discourages your heart…and you don’t feel so new…so born again…
God knows this, so …
2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
Day after day, God can help you keep that new car smell and feel in your new creature experience.
Day after difficult day God can help you keep an appreciation for the new garments of praise He has clothed you with.
The new man comes with a new plan- newness of life every day.
This new plan that flows out of the new man includes a new mind…
Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
THERE IS A NEW PLAN FOR THE NEW MAN!
I want a renewed mind cultivated by the Word of God. Your mind can’t be renewed if it is always in the old.
JESUS CAME TO MAKE A NEW MAN WHO WOULD LIVE THE NEW PLAN!
THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE NEW THING IN THE NEW YEAR- YOU!
But you are going to have to yield to the Lord- give Him a chance to change you!
You are going to have to let go of some things so you can get hold of some other things.