"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away, behold, new things have come!"

2 Corinthians 5:17

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

2019…another new year. The old, 2018, has gone and the new, 2019, is here –  ready or not! Can you believe it?

Most of us will admit that we have a few character traits or habits that we’d like to leave back in 2018. Some of us will even try to modify or change things this year. But only changing our outward behavior is like rolling back the odometer on a car. You reduce the numbers from 200,000 to 20,000, but you still have a car with 200,000 miles on it. When it comes to true, lasting change, we need to go deep. Thankfully, there is hope for the person who sincerely wants to change. And it all starts with surrender. The power to truly change begins with admitting we can’t do it alone and asking God for help. Why? Because lasting change comes from within and only God can truly transform us from the inside out.

The Bible says that if anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation; the old is gone and new has come. In other words, when we give our lives to Jesus Christ, we are completely transformed–changed from the inside out. So, instead of changing a few habits or polishing our outward appearance while remaining the same old person inside, Jesus offers us a spiritual heart transplant.

Are you looking for a fresh start, a new direction, or a total life change in 2019? Leave the old behind and step into the new as you walk with Jesus. Give Him control of your life and follow Him in faith. That, my friends, will be a change for the better. It will be a change that lasts.

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