{Wordfilled Wednesday} Someone New

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I'm wondering, how are you doing?

I mean really doing?

As 2012 comes to a close, are you feeling like a recent kill the cat dragged onto the porch?

Have the Christmas festivities and jammed packed schedule squeezed every ounce of energy out of you?

My guess is that many of you feel like tired out, well-used set of tires. While they are still enabling the car to move, the mileage isn't nearly as good and the ride feels a bit more sluggish. It is time for new tires, but oh, the cost of that investment and the effort it takes to get the job done! {Ahem. I know. We just had ours replaced!}  Fortunately, we're not cars. We're people. We're made in the image of God. And we have the opportunity to experience a radical, life-giving, transforming faith because of Jesus Christ in which we authentically influence the lives around us for the kingdom of God, without needing make an appointment for a new life with our Creator or fork over our bank account.

In this very season in which we celebrate Christ's birth, we seem to forget His power at work in each of us who call Him Lord and Savior. We forget that tired and weariness doesn't need to mark our days. We've unintentionally taken our eyes off the Lord and focused to much on our to do lists instead. And so we're living like that old woman, pushing Christ to the back burner and trying to do life on our own. But, oh sisters, it is time to break that habit.

Let's live as the new creations God made us to be. Let allow God to transform not only who we are but even how we feel, drawing closer to Him and deeper into the Word…into the truth:

2 Corinthians 5:15-18 NLT

Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

So as we seek to encounter the Living God this Christmas time and all year through, may we continually become new people whose past habits are separated from their present living. And as we close out 2012 and look toward 2013, let's prayerfully consider which new habits He is calling us to live out each day:

How will we let the presence of Christ in us mark us as new people, now and in the new year?

In what ways may we purpose in our hearts to live less for ourselves and more for Him in the new year ahead?

 

 

As you think about these questions,
I encourage you to consider participating in
M2B Mentoring Study and {free} Training
kicking off January 7th at More to Be. 

Our goal is to help you grow in your faith
and live a life of impact,
right where you're planted by God.

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Elisa Pulliam

Elisa is a trained biblical life coach, mentor, and speaker passionate about equipping women to experience authentic life change for the sake impacting the next generation. She leads More to Be, a ministry committed to raising up mentors and providing resources for tweens, teens, twenty-somethings, and women. Elisa is also the author of Impact My LIfe: Biblical Mentoring Simplified. She considers her first calling as wife to Stephen and mother to her house-full of children. Her favorite days begin on the porch with the Lord and end on the beach with her family and friends. Connect with Elisa at www.elisapulliam.com

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6 Comments

  1. Awesome.

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    • Thanks, Denise. Love that you always leave a comment here!

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  2. I am tired – but more because the Sandwich Generation issues of my life has been keeping me on the run. :)  And you are so right. The only way I keep going is by trusting in and relying on God and His wonderful love and power! Thank you for a sweet reminder. Advent blessings to you all. 

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    • Oh, may His favor and strength be upon you Kaye. 

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  3. Praise God that we are a new creation in Him, that His grace is sufficient, and that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Thanks for the beautiful Gospel message and for hosting, & God bless!

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  4. Laurie, thanks so much for your encouraging word on a message I really needed to hear!

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