New Year: New you–no limits

2 Corinthians 5--17

The Verse of the Day for January 1, 2016 comes from 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT):

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

This verse also reinforces the Verse of the Day for yesterday, the last day of the old year, where God reminded us, “Behold, I will do a new thing. . .”

The Verse of the Day on the first day of the New Year also brings to mind the message delivered on New Year’s Eve by Bishop Charles Mellette of Christian Provision Ministries entitled “New Year: New—No Limits.” The objective of the teaching session was to help listeners to confess, believe and act on the Word of God, laying a foundation with Luke 1:37:

For with God nothing shall be impossible.

The American Standard Version offers this rendering:

For no word from God shall be void of power.

As we embark upon the next leg of our remarkable journey of discovery and forge ahead toward our destiny in God, Bishop Mellette reminded us that “There are no limits on our lives except for the limits that we place there when we choose not to believe the Word of God.” As believers, we are reminded that we must confess or to come into agreement with the Word of God. Jeremiah 1:12 in the New King James declares:

Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

12 Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am [actively] watching over My word to fulfill it.”

In addition, we must commit to and act on the Word of God despite the most challenging circumstances that may confront us. The living illustration of Abraham and Sarah found in Genesis 18:9-14 provides great encouragement.

When God sends a message to Abraham and Sarah that they will have a son in their old age, when Abraham is about a hundred years old and his wife “was long past the age of having children,” they are confronted with a seemingly impossible situation. In response to these circumstances, the Lord responds with a question that is really a statement: Is anything too hard for the LORD? (verse 14)

Abraham, the “father of faith,” overcame these incredible odds, and as Romans 4:20-21 (NLT) clearly reveals that Abraham’s faith increased:

19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.

20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.

The motivating message for the New Year ended with these two words of encouragement to remind us:

Nothing, nobody can stop us from reaching our destiny this year.

What we are seeking to find in God will be finding us all year long.

We end with this reminder from Israel Houghton with the refrain:

You make all things new

Yes, You make all things new

And I will follow you forward

 

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