Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
All Things (Part 19)
Have Become New
'Behold, the former things have come to pass, Now I declare new things; Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.'
Isaiah 42:9 (NASB)
I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit within you.
Ezekiel 36:26 (NKJV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
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.'
Revelation 21:5 (NKJV)
The Creator of all things is committed to newness. Seriously, no two snowflakes have ever looked the same. No two people have ever shared duplicate fingerprints. In essence, everything created is one of a kind.

God's all about the new song, new place, new heart, new wine, new growth, new name, new earth and new man; new heavens, new mercy, new Spirit and new somethings. Somethings? Yes, surprises. He is a God of good surprises:

'Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it?' (Isaiah 43:18-19).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: think of a noteworthy parallel: Entertainment also loves newness. It seeks unusual story lines. It continues to launch bold, new stars. Originality opens doors. So what's the take home message for you?

Complacency is your combatant. Apathy is your adversary. Duplication is your detractor. Business as usual is boring. Old is your obvious opponent.

If media is your mission field, don't copy today's same-y-fame stars. Nor settle as cultural Christians. Your success requires a brand new act, and God will give it to you. Just ask.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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