Newness of Life in Christ December 29, 2016

Reflections of the year that has just concluded float gently in my heart and mind.

Many blessings flutter about, as butterflies in a garden. The challenges I faced are like railroad tracks laid down for the foundation for the journey ahead that God is preparing me for. I am learning to trust God even more, for my life and for those whom He will bless through me. It is new, exciting, and challenges me to grasp the confidence I have in His grace and run with it!

I have been pondering, not the new year, but the Newness of Life in Jesus Christ! New Year’s Resolutions often seem tethered to the earthiness of life, losing weight, exercising more, etc. Living life in the new abundance of Jesus brings everything, even my body, to a whole new perspective. I am able to cherish the body God gave me, for it has been given a purpose – to glorify God in whatever I do. Romans 12:1 explains this so well:

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”


There is a higher, more profound aspect of living in the newness of Jesus Christ. It is the spiritual dimension of what God is accomplishing in us and through us.

I have been walking with the Lord for years and though I’ve not recognized it, every year I am called to this newness in Him.

This year, it has come with gusto through the blessed work of Good Samaritan Ministries. The people of Good Samaritan Ministries exemplify the unique faith that is tethered not in the earthly needs, but with the Lord of creation, who upholds both the spiritual and the physical. I am learning, through their tutelage, to listen to His Spirit more directly and trust Him more completely. Connecting with the Living God in this way is deeply fulfilling; it meets every need deep inside, even needs I didn’t know I had!

As you reflect on the year that has passed, ponder the blessings and challenges. Ask the Lord what He has prepared for you this year. Then, take time to listen; that’s the hardest part. Quiet your heart and ask His Spirit to speak with your spirit and He will! The first thing that comes to mind, whether a picture, a word, a person, whatever it is focus on that. Then, ask the Lord to flesh that out a bit, to bring to your mind more details of how He wants you to live abundantly in newness of life in Jesus. May you be blessed greatly in this beautiful new life every morning, all day long, right on through eternity!


Submitted by: Freda Emmons

About GSM guest writer – Freda Emmons

Freda experienced physical and sexual abuse. She was broken and confused for years. As a young woman, she sought counseling for 12 years. When she began to grow in her Christian faith, she realized the depth of healing in the words of the Bible. She then combined tiny steps of healing with those comforting Scriptures and wrote Flame of Healing: A Daily Journey of Healing from Abuse and Trauma, a devotional with a journal, for in-depth, personal healing. Flame of Healing is helping people in 6 countries to heal from deep emotional pain from abuse and trauma.

Freda is also an inspirational speaker, addressing issues of abuse and trauma with compassion. She is a wife of 39 years, mother of three adult children, grandmother of one, and a child of God.

Her second book, Resurrection Hope, is a Christian novel about Heaven, angels, and living in the Presence of God. Freda’s website is: www.fredaemmons.com


Bethany Stroup

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