“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
I have felt a change in myself lately. I have been in a kind of a rut, a plodding through life without much direction or a hope, but no clear direction and validation. However, recently, I have felt a warm, comforting feeling. It feels so good at times, that I want to thank God from the top of my lungs for the whole world to feel.
So, what has changed? Am I all of a sudden rich, worry free, or without issues? No. That isn’t it. I still have the same financial issues and daily problems as I have in the past. Yet, they don’t worry me nearly as much at the moment.
The thing that has changed is that I have been spending more time focused on God. I have been praying about what I want to do and how I should do it. I have been finding ways that support my end goals and doing them, instead of just talking about them. I have been reaching out more and trying to meet new people. I have been reading the Bible more and praying more. I have been trying to be more thankful and trying to give God the credit.
I like these changes. I do feel like a “new creature.” I feel like I have a bunch of things to work on, but I feel God is with me. I don’t feel the need to worry about it too much. And, for the first time in a while, I feel like I have a direction and validation for what I want to do.
It is always surprising when I feel good while focusing on God more in my life and wonder why I haven’t been doing it all along. Why would I not? Why would I not want this good feeling I have right now? But, even more importantly, why would I want to be away from God for even a second? I like this feeling.
I am finding that the second part of this verse is also ringing true, not that I would doubt God’s word. Not only am I being transformed, but also old feelings, old ways, old thoughts, old hurts, also seem to be falling away. I feel so thankful!
So, what do you need to “pass away” for fall away? In which way do you need for feel like a new creature? How can you get closer to Christ, to focus on Him more in your life?
1/14/2018 01:51:15 pm
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, Rhonda. I am happy that you feel it as well. God is so good!
1/14/2018 03:46:36 pm
I find whatever we focus on grows! the more time I spent worrying and rehashing negatives that I had no control over the more those thoughts to over. When I started focusing on the Word and who God said I am, I rediscovered hope. It is a day to day choice but true that the more we get into the Word and spend time seeking God's peace in our lives the more old things pass away and all things become new!
1/14/2018 04:44:55 pm
I agree with you, Deborah. They say it is better to say things in the positive than in the negative. Please, do... instead of... Please, don't do... Focusing on the positive, focusing on God, focusing on God's love... is where we find the good.
1/15/2018 05:09:08 am
That could've been me writing the same thing (other than reading the bible)... like you, recently I've found more peace in my life because I've been focusing so much more on God and prayer. I really enjoyed reading your blog-article.
1/15/2018 06:14:44 am
Yes! I guess that is why Jesus is sometimes referred to as the Prince of Peace. It is so cool! And, I think the peaceful feeling is like a guiding light letting us know that we are heading in the right direction.
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