I live in Western New York in an area where the meteorologists are going crazy with news of our impending storm. According to the weather reports, the area where I live will see wind chills of -30 degrees Fahrenheit (that would be -34 Celsius) and two to three feet of snow by Wednesday. We'll see how much is hype and how much is really going to be that way, but everyone is preparing to be shut in by stocking up on some food. Because of wind gusts, they are also predicting power outages as well. Either way, a common word I have heard is "unprecedented." Some meteorologists have gone as far to say that a weather event that is so dramatic for a lot of our country is unprecedented. That got me thinking about that word. Unprecedented. That means something we've never seen or experienced before. As I was praying before jumping in to the Bible this morning, that word came to mind. Unprecedented...that is most certainly the only word that can explain the work God does in us once we choose to believe and follow Him. He does a work in our hearts that has never been seen in us before.
Over the next few weeks, I am looking how God wants to renew and restore our hearts. The renewal happens when we choose to follow Him, restoration happens when we see ourselves slipping away and we ask Him to bring our hearts back to where we were when we first believed. Both events are unprecedented because we cannot personally make our hearts new. We can change our mind and learn to react in new ways; however, true heart change can only come from the one who created us. Ephesians 4:20-24 (NLT), "Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy."
Something I find interesting in these verses is that there still seems to be a choice on our part. If we truly want to experience renewal, we have to choose to allow the Holy Spirit to do His amazing work in our hearts. He can renew our thoughts and attitudes, but we have to give them over to Him. Our new nature that we are given is created so we can be like God. What do you think of that? When He renews our hearts, He is making us to be holy and righteous. It makes me wonder how often we walk around with our old self, forgetting that He has given us something new to put on. Maybe that is why so many of us don't feel this amazing renewal - we haven't put on our new nature. We have to want to put it on!
Have you put on your new self God has given you?
This post is linked with Sharing His Beauty.