New Year, New Me

New Year, New Me is something that’s said every year by people who refuse to change. New means not existing before, made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time. What exactly is new about you this year? Your hair? Your clothes? Okay cool, but what about your spiritual life. When are you going to let go of the things that are keeping you from God so He can transform you? (Romans 12:2- Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how His ways will really satisfy you.

(Psalm 51:10- Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires.)

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

(Matthew 23:25-26- “Woe to you, Pharisees, and you religious leaders—hypocrites! You are so careful to polish the outside of the cup, but the inside is foul with extortion and greed. Blind Pharisees! First cleanse the inside of the cup, and then the whole cup will be clean.)

Isaiah 1

(Isaiah 1:18- Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool!)

God wants to give us a clean slate, but the only way He can is if we let Him. Whatever it is you’re struggling with God can deliver you, but only if you let Him. Submit to God and let Him make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. 

Ezekiel 36:25-28

Zechariah 3 

Representation of what’s to come: Jesus. Satan was there to declare Joshua guilty, but God took his sins away and gave him NEW clothing, He made him clean. People don’t realize that sin makes you dirty, it gives you a stench. 

Isaiah 3

Isaiah 65:1-5

(Isaiah 65:5- Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.)

The opposite of sin is the fragrance of Christ which is a pleasing aroma. 

(Genesis 8:21- And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in His heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.) (Ephesians 5:2- Be full of love for others, following the example of Christ who loved you and gave himself to God as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, for Christ’s love for you was like sweet perfume to Him. (2 Corinthians 2:15- As far as God is concerned there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to both the saved and the unsaved all around us.) 

This is just a reminder to really allow God to change you this year. It’s not just about your physical appearance but remember that God isn’t going to judge you on how good you look or seem to people. (1 Samuel 16:7- But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by a man’s face or height, for this is not the one. I don’t make decisions the way you do! Men judge by outward appearance, but I look at a man’s thoughts and intentions.”) (Jeremiah 17:10- Only the Lord knows! He searches all hearts and examines deepest motives so he can give to each person his right reward, according to his deeds—how he has lived.) Don’t just let this be a regular new year for you, actually allow God to renew you. Ask yourself: When God looks at my heart what does He see? What do I need to remove in my life so that I can be made in His image?