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Not the Man I Used to Be

The “Sixties” changed our nation.  A movement away from anything that was an “establishment” was revered.  No longer were students willing to conform to the mores of their parents or of cultural expectations.  Music, drugs, “escape from reality”, “hippies”, and abandonment of sexual prohibitions all changed America.  The streets were filled with violent protests against the Vietnam War, politics of either party, and racial strife that threatened to literally destroy the nation.

In the midst of that upheaval, God did a mighty work among that same generation of young people.  A revival that swept many students from their decadence and destruction began and spread. The Jesus Movement came when many adults had given up on young people.  And yet, God moved on the hearts of thousands and thousands of young adults, colleges, and high school students.  The result was a phenomenal transformation of many from running headlong in to hedonism to finding healing and grace in Christ Jesus. The “Good News” of the Gospel did what it does so perfectly.  Today, many of those from the Sixties are grandparents praying for God to please “do it again” in this generation!

We have all heard the “Good News! “…”Bad News!” aphorisms. Here’s one with a little different twist. I have some “Bad News! Good News! Best News!” for you…

The bad news, you are dying! It’s no joke, biologist tell us that every day, to some extent, each of us are dying…The cells and atoms in our bodies are dying. In fact, every atom and every cell that is now in our bodies will die off within the next seven years. In essence, we are experiencing a daily dying of our physical being.

The good news, you are being restored! Just as the cells and atoms in our bodies are dying, likewise new ones are being created to take their place. It is my understanding, (and I make no claim to being a biologist) this process makes a complete transition every seven years. In one way, every seven years, you completely become a different person. So, when someone tells you, you’re not the same person you use to be, there is a whole lot of truth in it. I find this whole idea of our bodies continuously dying and being restored a rather refreshing thought. But, even with this good news…we will eventually taste physical death, the bad news!

The Best News! You don’t have to wait seven years to be made a “new person”. And the Best news…this time, the “new person” will live forever. The Bible says if anyone be IN CHRIST, he is a NEW creature; old things are passed away; all things become new. (2 Cor.5:17).

Yet, we must die to self and self-interest, and be raised with Christ and be Christ-absorbed. So, when making decisions we will make decisions based on faith in Christ and not based on our own self-interest.  (Copied).

Ephesians 4:24  – Put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.  1 Thessalonians 5:23 – Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.