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Next Step Bible Study - Day Five - YOU ARE A NEW CREATION

A New Creation:
Now that you’ve accepted Christ as your savior, you are a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefor if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” NLT

So what does it mean? Does it mean that everything is rainbows & butter ies, or that you’ll never face another problem? No, in fact as a believer, sometimes we are faced with some of life’s greatest challenges. Jesus says in John 16:33, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Being a “new creation” means we will have new ways of responding and handling these situations or trials. Our reliance is on Christ instead of relying on ourselves.

As a new creation, we will nd times where we want to fall back into our old behavior or pattern. We will face many temptations, but as a new creation we can call on the name of Jesus and He will always deliver us in our time of trou- ble! James 1:12-15 “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong,* and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”

As a “New Creation” here are some awesome ways to keep your spiritual life healthy:
Bible Reading - Make sure that you always have your bible handy, whether it be on your smart phone, or a new leather bound bible, you must be in the Word daily. This will build you up on the inside. Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Prayer - Praying is one of the most awesome ways we communicate with God! 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Church - Church is where you will nd awesome support, a community of believers who will come alongside you and walk this journey with you. You will nd accountability and have an opportunity to get plugged into your “sweet-spot”! Hebrews 10:25 “25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.”

This is your NEW LIFE as a NEW CREATION, exciting things will be happening! God came to give life and give it to the FULL. So be prepared for the twists and turns of Christianity, and always remember to lean on Him in all things.