Week Fifty-two — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — A New Age — 2 Cor. 5:17

Sunday, December 27

Revelations 21:1,2 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

Prayer: O God, prepare your dear children to live with thee in thy Son’s kingdom.

Thought for the day: Just a near miss by an asteroid or a comet could destroy the balance of life as we know it.

Monday, December 28

Isaiah 43:18,19 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Prayer: Jesus, for all the days of the week that appear to us a deserts may you make a way where there is no way.

Thought for the day: In God’s ecological plan there are always survivors in the desert.

Tuesday, December 29

Hebrews 9:15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

Prayer: Jesus, whatsoever our failures may have been we set them aside to enter a new covenant with you by your invitation.

Thought for the day: Wedding chapels are either shrines to the beauty of new covenants or memorial to failed covenants.

Wednesday, December 30

Psalm 40: 2, 3 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a Hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.

Prayer: O God, by new songs and old we sing praise to you for the wondrous love of Jesus.

Thought for the day: Try this formula for writing the lyrics to your own new song: (1) state your trial, trouble, or failure; (2) add a comma; (3) write the words “but God”; (4) finish your song of deliverance.

Thursday, December 31

Ezekiel 18:30 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you dies, O house of Israel?

Prayer: Jesus, we would empty our hands and hearts of the burdens of failures, and we would fill hand and hearts with a new spirit for a new day.

Thought for the day: The preacher said the fist that is closed tight is the hand unprepared to receive.

Friday, January 1

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Prayer: O God, work a new miracle in us as your new creation in Christ Jesus.

Thought for the day: Copy writers declare that one word that never loses its selling power is the word “new.”

Saturday, January 2

John 13:34, 35 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have love you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

Prayer: Jesus, for this New Year give us new strength to keep your new commandment to love one another.

Thought for the day: If a love-odometer could track all the times you showed love to others, would your record be a record of fitness?
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