January 1st, 2012 New Years Day

God is in the business of NEW and so we unpack what His Word says about being made new.

If you want a study tool to go along with the podcast, see Lift Notes here:

God is in the business of ________

January 1st, 2012  by Kasey Crawford

New year’s resolutions are popular because people know they need some _______ __________ infused into them

And that is not a ______ thing…because…

  • God is in the business of _______.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed. his mercies never come to an end; They are NEW every morning; great is your faithfulness.”   Lamentations 3:22-23

We’re never allowed to wake up and say, God is ________ me today.

Do you know that each morning you wake up, God is in a _______ _________ towards you?

As Bono likes to say, “we are living in an ________ of ________”, through Jesus.

We all live our lives under a concept and image of who God is and how God _________ about us.  We need to soak in our _________ that because of Jesus, God is in a good mood towards his beloved children.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  I am about to do a NEW thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”                   Isaiah 43:18-19

The ___________ of your past doesn’t have to be the _______ of your future.

God is promising to build a road out of the wilderness if we let go of the ____________ of having things how they’ve always been.

“ … put off of the old self with its practices and put on the NEW self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”                                                     Colossians 3:9-10

God is in the business of giving us a new _______ in which we are transformed to be more like Jesus.

The phrase “is being renewed” is in a present ____________ tense, meaning that it is an ongoing development.  So, in life with God there is ________ hope for something new, when we stay humbly dependent.

With God you are never _________.

See, the home of God is among mortals.  He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself with be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making all things NEW!”                                                                                                                                    Revelation 21:3-5

___________ is outside the scope of what he wants to and will make new, or renew for the humbly dependent follower!

Going deeper this week at home….

  1. Here are a few additional scripture passages that you can reflect on to see how God is in the business of NEW:

Ezekiel 11:17-20,   2 Corinthians 5:17,   Ephesians 2:10

  1. Re-read Isaiah 43:18-19 from the message. Then ask God to show you any old patterns in your life that need a new path.

Is there any area of life where you feel stuck right now?  Bring that to God’s promise from Colossians 3:9-10 that God is always in the process of growing us and ask God to show you how you can let him take control in order to get you unstuck.