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Sermonette: Renew your mind to walk in a new life with Christ

Paul tells us in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind ... "

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Deb Middendorp / Auxiliary Captain, Salvation Army Mitchell Corps

I keep coming across the phrase “New Year, New You.”

This “new you” can be trying a new hobby or improving your health and wellness or giving up a bad habit. I’m reminded by a verse in 1 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” When we are in Christ, we are a new creation!

Twice in Ezekiel, we read that God “will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; (God) will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

How do we take up a new start in Christ? Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:22-24 how to do this: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

One of the most important ways we can walk in this new life in Christ is to continually renew our minds. Paul tells us in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

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As we move into this new year, may we surround ourselves with more of God and less of the world. May we be kind and encouraging to all those we meet. May we be reminded that we are new in Christ!

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