God Likes Things New
5 Then He who sat on the throne said,"Behold, I make all things new ." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." NKJV
We all like new things. I remember the only new car we ever bought. The boys were not going to eat or drink in it. But when the back wheel fell off before the second oil change the newness kind of wore off. But we all like things that are new. There is a freshness to it. New clothes, new shoes, a new TV or gameboy.
Well be amazed at this. God likes things new also. As a matter of fact God wrote the book on making things new. Here in Rev. 21:5 God says He will one day, make everything new. The writer of Psalms: Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: 27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. Ps 102:25 KJV
When God created everything He didn’t take a bunch of leftovers from another world to fashion ours as evolution teaches. He spoke the world and everything we see into existence, including man and woman. Once God has made the earth over in the days of Noah. He washed the sin and immorality away with a flood. In some area of Iraq they have discovered layers of water laid clay 12 feet thick. Must have been more that a local flood.
And Peter tells us that there is a day coming when God will renovate this old world we live in. Peter says: But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:10-13 NKJV
Today we start a new year. We seem to get a fresh start each January 1. But God has a better beginning for those who will have it. What can God give you new, that you cannot get anywhere else.
I. He can give us a new outlook
A. They tell us that your outlook has more to do with how things will go in your life than almost any other factor.
B. Outlooks are one of the most difficult things to change about one’s self.
1. Harder than kicking bad habits.
2. More difficult than losing weight.
C. But He does not do it like the hypnotist or with relaxation tapes or drugs.
D. No, He changes our very inner being by giving us a new nature.
1. He gives us a divine nature that He created.
a. 2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, KJV
b. This is the new birth Jesus refers to when talking to Nicodemus.
c. John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
2. That divine nature desires only what is right and has the same outlook as God Himself.
a. 1 John 3:9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. NKJV
E. It is no quaint saying that the future is as bright as the promise of God, for the Christian that is always so.
F. But how does that happen one asks? It comes through a changed relationship with God.
II. He can give us a new relationship
A. Our primary relationship is to God.
1. That affects every other relationship.
2. But the problems is that that relationship has been broken by sin.
3. We have longed to have it our way and not God’s.
4. That disobedience has broken our relationship with God.
B. But God has taken the first step to get that broken relationship mended.
1. He sent His Son into the world to seek you out, to bring you back.
2. God moved heaven and earth to offer you another chance at a right relationship with Himself.
C. But now He is waiting on you.
1. He expects you to admit you were wrong and He expects you to want to change.
2. “"I tell you, . . . unless you repent you will all likewise perish."” (Lu 13:5 NKJV)
3. He expects us to entrust our lives to Him.
4. Heb 10:8 "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." NKJV
D. That relationship is based on repentance and faith in the person of Jesus Christ.
III. He can give us a new start
A. If you will repent, change your mind about sin and God, and if you put trust in Jesus Christ, He will give you a new start.
B. We have a new start because God will forgive us.
1. He cleanses us from our sin.
2. Through the blood of the sacrifice of His Son.
C. We have a new start because we are going in a different direction.
1. We all once walked to destruction with those who oppose God.
2. We were all once a part of that.
3. But God has given us a new GPS (God Positional System) to know what pleases Him and a desire to follow Him.
D. We have a new start because He gives His Spirit.
1. God’s Spirit lives within us and guides us.
2. The Spirit is our assurance that we are His children.
E. We are a part of a different group.
1. Now we are a part of the family of God, by faith.
2. No longer do we run with the devils crowd.
3. 1 Peter 4:3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles — when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. NKJV
IV. He can give us a new future
A. We are either condemned or we cannot be condemned.
1. The biggest surprise I ever gave anyone in a service was when a fella that I worked with came to church one Sunday. My text happened to be John 3:18 that Sunday.
2. “"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (Joh 3:18 NKJV)
3. Those who have never given themselves over to God are condemned.
4. But those who believe are not condemned.
B. Jesus promised His followers that they would be with Him when they left this world.
1. We are all leaving, just at different times.
2. We have passed from death to life. John 5:24
C. Paul said that to absent from the body was to be present with the Lord.
As you begin a new year why not begin a new life. God likes things to be new and He wants to give you a new start today. Would you want that too? Come to Him now.