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In Newness of the Spirit

January 2, 2016

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In Newness  of the Spirit

We are beginning a new year,  wherein many people  go through the tradition  of making New Year’s resolutions.     They resolve  to make changes  in their lives  —  often binding themselves to rules  they cannot keep,  and setting themselves up  for a sure defeat.     Such defeats  can be downright depressing.

The Old Testament  had laws  that were  to be kept  as a way  of honoring God.     Far beyond that,  their religious leaders made up all sorts  of laws  that they bound the people with.     Their man-made laws  were far beyond reason  and were heavy burdens  on the lives  of the people.

After Jesus paid  for all our sins  with His suffering,  crucifixion,  and resurrection,  all those who believe  in Him  have been set free  from Old Testament laws.     Romans 7:6  says,

But now  we have been released  from the Law,  having died  to that by which  we were bound,  so that  we serve  in newness  of the Spirit  and not  in oldness  of the letter.

This is important  because it affects  our whole lives  and attitudes.     We have not only  “been released  from the Law”  of the Old Testament,  but we are not  to let ourselves  be bound  to rules  we set upon ourselves  or that others  set upon us.     These laws  being referred to  are not including  the Ten Commandments  and the civil laws  in a country.

We are released  from the laws  set up by religious leaders  or our own selves  as something  we must do  to gain salvation.     All we need  to do  is  “serve  in newness  of the Spirit.     That is  that our lives  are now led  by “the Spirit”  to live by “faith,  hope,  and love”  (1 Corinthians 13:13 )

In our freedom,  we rejoice  that Jesus  has paid  for all our sins.     Now instead of  the oppression  of so many rules,  we live and serve God  in the freedom  of love and faith  —  love,  because we appreciate God’s love  —  faith,  because we know God can be trusted  to give us the gift  of eternal life.

In peace,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for freeing us  to serve You rightly.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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