March 22, 2024

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, this person is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
2 Corinthians 5:17

1. YOU ARE BLESSED WITH PURPOSE. The first thing God did for humanity was not to shackle them with rules and regulations. He blessed them, and He blessed them with purpose: “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it'” (Genesis 1:27-28a NLT). God basically said to go out and have a ball. Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue it, rule over the fish of the sea, the fowls of the air, and so forth, and enjoy creation. Enjoy your existence. Enjoy the presence of God.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3
2. YOU ARE FILLED WITH THE FULLNESS THAT FILLS ALL IN ALL (Ephesians 1:23). There is an emptiness in broken humanity that only Jesus can fill. Jesus is the rescuer sent on a mission from God to undo the failure of Adam and Eve. He came upon the scene at the perfect time, took upon Himself the sins of the world, and eradicated the sin condition for everyone who would call on His name. Jesus wants us to dive into the deep blue waters of His love and plumb the depths of who He really is. He is amazing, intricately detailed, yet humble and simple. 
3. YOU ARE MADE ALIVE. “Put on the new self, which is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created it” (Colossians 3:10). Christianity, at the core, is new life. It is not a religious construct filled with a cold, religious formalism that we drily use to pacify a God who is unhappy with us. It is the eradication of the sin condition and the start of something new. When we are born again, our spirits are made alive, cleansed and pure, but our minds still need to be renewed, and our bodies still need to be presented as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2). We have a part to play. That’s why we get in the Word, that’s why we fellowship with God, that’s why we go to church – so we can put off the flesh and walk in the Spirit.

God, I am so thankful that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me my sins and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. When Jesus set me free, I became truly free – free to serve God, free to walk in the Spirit, free to think clearly, free to obey the will of God. So, Father, in Jesus’ name, I pray for revelation to come on me. I pray that I will get a spiritual understanding, something sown into my heart that will help me and cause me to grow. Help me to yield less to my flesh and more to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Strengthen me, Lord, with power by Your Spirit in my inner self. Amen! (1 John 1:9; John 8:36; Ephesians 3:16)
Press on! 
Pastor Jeff Perry 

full·ness, noun
The state of being full, or of abounding; abundance; completeness.

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