make me over//2013 ~ renew

It's hard to look at our messy lives and think we can just repent and give them up to someone.  It's difficult to believe that there is someone who is not only able to take on all of our pain, but also willing.  And it's almost too good to be true to think that same being could replace the void with something wonderful.

the second step is to renew

our hearts, our minds, our spirits.

We must renew our entire thought process before we can move forward to creating new thoughts, and goals and dreams.  Until we have given up the mess and replaced it with good, we cannot move forward and lead healthy and productive lives.  

I imagine our first big struggle with accepting the fact that God can and will renew us is that we are stuck on our failures.  There are many reasons why we remain stuck here:

  • we ourselves do not believe we are forgiven
  • someone reminds us of our past; who we were
  • our current position in life does not reflect where we want to be
  • the future is still so foggy that we are afraid to move forward
  • when we do move forward, people tell us we are fake or acting false

In trying to be new, we will meet opposing thoughts as well as encouragement.  That is why, for some, (and myself included sometimes,) the pit of failure, sin, pain and darkness is somewhat safe.  As long as we are here, no one can tell us we are failing at new things, or putting out a false impression.  As long as we are here, we can think and dream without having our tender hearts further bruised, or our dim spirit further extinguished.  

But God does not want us to stay here.  

Once we repented and accepted Jesus, we were new!

2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV tells us

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: 
The old has gone, the new is here!"

Our slate is clean, and it is clean every morning.  His grace and mercies are new with each sunrise.  We are given a fresh breath in order to live a fresh freedom.  The enemy, who uses many avenues (yes, even moments with friends, loved ones and strangers) comes to steal your hope and your light; he is the first in line to remind you of sin and keep you in your pit.

Jesus tells us something healing, however:

"I have come that [you] may have life, and life to the full."
John 10:10 NIV

If the Lord wanted us to lay in our pit and die there, He would not have sent Jesus.  Today, if He wanted us to die in our failures, He wouldn't provide us with His renewing Word of grace and restoration.  The bible is full of examples of people failing, and then crawling back to the Lord in repentance.  

One very famous king humbled himself before the Lord and begged for a healing:

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
Psalm 51:10 NIV

After all David had been through, he knew that the Lord desired for him to renew his heart and spirit.  The word that David was inspired to cry out, "create", is so special because that is the same word used in Genesis 1:1 where it says "God created the Heavens and the earth.."  

That word is associated with power and sovereignty.  
David's cry was more than a lament, but an assertion that the one hearing it was the only one that could do anything about it.

Renewal is not something we can do alone, and we can take David's example and cry out for our own assistance.  If we call Him, He will listen.  If we pray for renewal, it is ours.  He has already ensured us we are new when we have repented and accepted Him.. 

now all we need to do is KNOW that we are new. 

At a recent church service the pastor made a very strong point that has stuck with me.  

"We forget what God remembers, 
and we remember all that God forgets."

Think about it...

He remembers that we are His children and acts on that.  
We remember that we are failures, and act on that.  

If we could just flip our brains to think like God, we could experience true healing and renewal.

Give up your pains to Him, 
and pray He fills you with the peace of knowing 

you are new
you are loved
you are worthy of life 
you can gain a fresh freedom, everyday

Print out the attached card to collect your verses and keep close at all times
Remind yourself of the importance of constantly renewing your mind.  There is power in the Word of God and it will transform you if you allow it.  Hold tight to the scriptures you copied today and work hard to heal the mind of all of the lies you've held on to all this time.  Pray that God comes into your mind and helps you to grow.

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