2 Corinthians 5:17 (TPT)
17 Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.
Indeed, everything is made fresh and new!
When I came to faith in Jesus, as a young adult, it was quite a significant and overwhelming experience.
Overwhelming in the nicest possible way.
I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, through an incredibly tangible peace which I had never experienced before. Unfortunately it only lasted about a week, but it was long enough for me to realise that I was made “anew” and I could never go back to being the “old me” I was before my encounter.
However, it didn’t just stop there. I was also aware of a new sense of freedom in my life. Not that I was a slave or a prisoner to anything awful in my life – I was just an ordinary sort of bloke.
But I became aware that my fear of death, and the unknown oblivion that it held for me, was gone – and replaced with a confidence, an assurance, that my life was important to God!
In fact, nobody had to say anything to me because I now knew, I had this assurance in my heart which convicted me that there is ‘Life after Death’ and that with Jesus He has prepared for me a home and a future, and for all those who place their trust in Jesus as Lord.
This gave me a whole new outlook on life!
I had a freedom, an excitement, a hope that “The Best is yet to Come”!
Now its been over thirty years since that day. There have been many wonderful times of blessings, and some protracted seasons of being in the wilderness and feeling far from God. Times where I just can’t find the answers, or just to know how to make the next move… However, in both my heart and my mind, I have never lost the assurance that there is a Hope for the future, that He will never leave me and that the Best, is still yet, to Come!
Written by John Tomc