Embracing the New Reality (2 of 4) by Michael Romero

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Embracing the New Reality (2 of 4)
Series: Living in Newness of Life
Michael A. Romero
2 Corinthians 5:17

Introduction:

If you weren't here with us last week I want to invite you to join us on our journey to "Living in Newness of Life" in 2006.

Last week we discussed that based on scripture we are called to walk in newness of life and that according to 2 Corinthians 5:17 if we are truly in Christ then we are new creatures, old things have passed away and new things have come.

There were three things in particular that we discovered that paralyzes the Christian and immobilizes them from walking in this newness of life and discovering these "new things" that have come.

Christians are immobilized by...

Guilt
Defeat
Fear

Although it isn't an exhaustive list of the obstacles that lie in the path of the Christian it does serve as some of the main reasons Christians cannot move further in their walk with God and cannot experience the new things that God has made accessible to the Christian.

It is Satan's goal to keep the Christian immobilized. Immobilized Christians are ineffective and powerless. However,

We focused on...

- Clearing the guilty conscience by the blood of Jesus Christ
- Erasing the mentality of defeat in order to live as "more than conquerors"
- Casting all of our paralyzing fears out the window exchanging them for unconditional love offered to us by our heavenly Father.

Turn to 2 Corinthians chapter 5, verse 17 and let's look at our text for Living in Newness of Life.

Turn with me in your Bibles to our text which is 2 Corinthians 5:17.

The Word of God tells us in our text,

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB95)
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

The text tells us we are new creatures. That means we have to learn all over again what we are. We have to crawl, walk, and run. Spiritually taste, feel, and see in a new way. We hav ...


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