Lent – Week 7: April 24 and on…


Jesus Is Alive, Now What?

Jesus did not just die for our sins, He rose from the grave and in the process defeated death.  This means that Jesus can not only forgive our sins but offer us new life as well.  So many of us want to follow Jesus but find ourselves living the old life.  We have been freed from slavery but we willingly continue to serve our old master!

Embracing this new life that Jesus offers involves change.  We need to get rid of behaviors & attitudes left over from our old life and replace them with behaviors and attitudes reflecting our new life.  This transformation is accomplished by the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and an openness to taking the next steps God provides.

Scripture:
‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’  – 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 8:5, Galatians 5:22-25, John 10:10, Ephesians 3:16-19

Action Plan:
1) Write down attitudes and behaviors lingering from the old life, pray and ask God to help you replace them with His presence.
2) Take a ‘next step’ (baptism, serving, small group, etc)

Prayer:
Dear Jesus,
Thank you for giving me a fresh start.  Help me to exchange all of the old life for all of the new life you offer.  May I live boldly in the power of your resurrection and your Spirit.
Amen

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