Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Three Word Wednesday: Be Made New




Three Word Wednesday

BE MADE NEW

I was ready to throw myself a pity party. Negative thoughts began to fill my head and I almost questioned what God had actually done to make me new.

Before heading down a path that leads to no good, God led me to open up a book I read two years ago by Chip Ingram titled, The Miracle of Life Change: How God Transforms His Children.


"The moment you came to Christ, you were saved and forgiven, and the Spirit of God entered your heart. God's game plan from that point on uses every circumstance, every person, every disappointment, every bit of suffering; and every touch of joy to conform (morph) you into the very likeness of His son. (see Romans 8:29; Ephesians 2:10)." ~ Chip Ingram, The Miracle of Life Change


It only took a few pages for my mind to flash back to the day, just a little over a month ago, when I was baptized. Shortly after the baptism I shared my story of transformation.

The devil tried to take control over my thinking and I almost fell for his lies. But when we are steadfast in God's Word (thank you HelloMornings!) we are more prepared to fight off those lies. So today I'm going to share a few of my favorite passages to remind you of God's promises to make us new.

My hope is that they leave you encouraged by how deep His love is for you.


"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

"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 wilderness and streams in the wasteland." ~ Isaiah 43:18-19

"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness" ~ Ephesians 4:22-24

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." ~ 1 Peter 1:3 

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will ishis good, pleasing and perfect will." ~ Romans 12:2

"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." ~ John 10:10

God transformed my life and continues to be at work in me. He will transform yours too. Be Made New.


38 comments :

  1. Love your post and I'm getting ready to go ready your transformation story! My post seems so trivial now that I read yours, but those were the three words that came to mind last night as I sat looking at my kitchen table and kitchen counter! I'll try to dig a little deeper next time! love ya!

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    1. Stephani, I loved your post too and did not find it trivial at all. It's all about what God places on our heart. I found myself wishing for some of your tomatoes. Thank you so much for linking up. Love you!

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  2. Hi Beth. I discovered your link up via Ceil. So glad I jumped over here! I, too, am going to read your transformation story, but before I do I just wanted to comment that I absolutely love Romans 12:2. Good words to live by!!!

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    1. I'm glad you found your way here and joined my link up. It's always a delight to meet someone new. I loved your post and appreciate your kind words. Romans 12:2 will always be one of my favorites as it was a study on Romans 12 that led me to give my life to Christ. Blessings to you, Valerie. I hope you will return again next week.

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  3. Your transformation story is beautiful! Thank you for sharing such an intimate struggle and showing how very good God is!!! Hugs.

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    1. Thank you again for your kind words. {Hugs)

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  4. This is so hope filled and inspiring, Beth! I love it! (There - those are my three words today!) ;)

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    1. You made me smile! Thanks for your lovely comment and I do so love your three words! :)

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  5. Hi Beth,
    First I hopped over from Mitzi's to see what was up with you these days. Then I hopped over and read your transformation story. WOW, girl -- God has His hand on you in a mighty way. I figured you'd grown up in church! We serve a great God Who delights in redeeming us AND all of our failures. What a great testimony you have!

    Consider yourself hugged :)

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    1. Hello Susan! I'm so glad Mitzi led you back here today. It's nice to see you. I miss our Graffiti Summer study. Thank you for your kind words. God is so good and I'm so grateful for the transformations He has made in my life and in the life of my family. We do serve a great God.
      P.s. And you shared three words, "Consider yourself hugged." :)
      Consider yourself hugged too!
      Much love, Beth

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  6. I love these verses, Beth, and your lovely image. Thanks so much for the encouragement today. I needed it!

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    1. Nice to *meet you" Elizabeth. Thank you for stopping in. Blessings to you.

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  7. Hi Beth,
    Such a great and encouraging blog hop - Be Made New - Your Words are filled with hope and assurance! I look forward of following the link and reading your testimony - Blessings and hugs,
    Nina

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    1. Thank you, Nina! Always nice to see you here. Blessings and hugs to you too.

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  8. This encouraged me today. Excited about this link up. :)
    Thank you, Beth

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    1. I'm so excited you linked up, Lyli. I loved your post and I'm so grateful for you encouragement and support!
      Much love,
      Beth

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  9. Congratulations on your baptism! The skirmishes and battles - they continue - but on those days I fall down into a pit of pity - I don't give up. I crawl back out, stand - and trust - 'cause He's already won this for me. I think one of satan's tricks is to make us think we're the only ones who have those bad moments - God knows we do. He's prepared for us - He's already there to save us:) You are never alone in these challenges!

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    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Truly, every word you shared were ones I needed to hear. I'm so grateful God led you here. "He's already won this for me." Amen!
      Blessings to you.
      Beth

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  10. Your three word series is such a cool concept.

    Celebrating your baptism with you, Beth. Alleluia!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! It always a delight to have you here.
      Much love,
      Beth

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  11. I sometimes let those negative thoughts fill my head too Beth, but I know we are declared righteous not by earning or deserving it or by our good deeds, but by responding to God's grace given to us, and by believing and trusting God to fulfill His promises in our days of sin and difficulty. Because sin and difficulty surround us daily! But rather than trying to maintain control over our lives, we must abandon ourselves to His will.

    Thanks for your visit at Refine Me!
    Blessings and love,
    Denise

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    1. Denise,thank you for your encouraging words. I'm grateful for your visit. Blessings, Beth

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  12. Oh girl, your baptism brought tears of joy to my eyes. So thankful for His transforming work in you!

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  13. Beth,
    What wonderful, renewing scriptures to meditate upon!! It is so awesome to see the wonderful work God is doing in your life...blessed to be along for the journey!!
    Love and ((hugs)),
    Bev

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    1. Love you, Bev! Thank for your continued love and encouragement. (((hugs)))
      Beth

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  14. The enemy is a sneaky one. That's why I need more saturation in God's Word to counter attack His lies. The photo is beautiful.

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    1. Oh yes he is! Thank you for stopping by Wanda. Have a blessed weekend.

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  15. Being made new is my whole basis for hope. The reason for hoping in Him. Beautiful picture and beautiful words.

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  16. Grateful for the encouragement, Beth. The devil is a liar and a defeated foe. Victory is ours!

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    1. "Victory is ours!" Amen! Always nice to see you here, Alison. Thank you for stopping in. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Wonder selection of verses. Our loving God wants us to be fully his each day--made new.

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    1. Thank you for stopping in Carol and for linking up for Three Word Wednesday. I hope you join again next week. Blessings.

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  18. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the link up button. I am proudly displaying it on my side bar.

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  19. Hi there Beth!! I wasn't prepared to link up, but hey, I guess I can use "Doing You Well", which you seem to be doing quite well, might I add! I LOVE your blog and the sweet spirit it generates! Thanks for the dose of encouragement and thanks so much for dropping by and linking up...have a blessed week! :-)

    Michell @Prowess and Pearls"

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  20. Michell,
    Thank you SO much for coming by and linking up your "Doing You Well" post. Thank you also for your kind words. I hope you will link up again tomorrow. It's a delight to connect with you here in this fabulous blogging world! Much love!!

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