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The New Attire

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26

This is a message to those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior through faith. New Year celebration includes drinking, partying, dancing in discotheques, sending cards, receiving and giving gifts and wearing new clothes. For a worldly person, this celebration lasts for a day or two. For a person who knows Christ, the new year celebration lasts all through the year. What kind of clothes did you wear this new year. Whatever may be the fabric it will become old after the first wear. This New Year, the Holy Spirit is asking us to clothe ourselves with clothes of holiness, new man and love which will never become old but have an everlasting and profound effect on our lives.

Clothe Yourself With New Life

After knowing Christ, we take baptism to bury the old man in the water. Old man signifies our sinful nature. We make an agreement with Christ that we shall no more sin but lead a new life free from worldly pleasures.

Romans 6:4 says, "Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."

Are we really able to lead a sin-free life after baptism? Bible says, "For sin shall not have dominion over you." Since it is God who has said that sin shall not rule over us then why not we ask God Himself to give us the grace to resist sin. At the same time we should not allow our body to grow on wasteful desires. Do not go near the places where you used to drink, smoke, or to those clubs. Instead spend more time at the feet of God that is the only way to resist sin. Try it and you shall not fail.

Clothe Yourself With New Man

What does clothing yourself with new man mean? You no longer do what you have been doing before you knew Christ but lead a changed life. You want to share the joy of salvation with others. There are millions of people in this world who know nothing about Christ. Or just take your neighborhood, where most of your friends has never even heard of Christ. Does your heart cry for them. Do you pray for them? Do you tell them about Christ? You should tell them about Christ. Being shy is no excuse ask God for the anointing of Holy Spirit, he will give you the courage to speak for Him. When you receive Holy Spirit you will be a transformed person. Bible says, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8). The places mentioned signifies your neighborhood, place of work, your town, your country and the whole of the earth. This new year make a resolution to tell about Jesus to everyone you come in touch with.

Clothe Yourself With Love

If you want to be a witness to Christ, first, you should have love for others. Only when we love someone we can serve them fully. Bible says, "But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection" (Colossians 3:14). Practise love with one another. Let others know that you are different through your actions. They will see your deeds and get attracted to you, this way it will be easier to tell them about Christ.

Resolutions for this year, will be very simple to follow if allow yourself to do it. Everyday tell yourself "I am no more bonded to sin, I am a new man, old things have passed away all are new." Spread the message of love. Finally, tell others about Jesus Christ. His second coming is very soon. Everyone in this world should know about Christ before that. Shall we also become a part of building stone in building the kingdom of God.

May the bountiful blessings of the Lord be with you and your family and all on your efforts. May He protect you from all evil and give you good health always.

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