17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
In Christ we are new creations. When we come to Jesus and place our faith and trust in Him we are born again. The sin that separated us from the Lord no longer remains. We are able to go before the Lord with boldness and confidence knowing that our righteousness is found in Christ alone.
Each day that we awake is a brand new day in Christ. As we seek the Lord and abide in Him daily, we are transformed from the inside out. As we seek the Lord He brings restoration in every area of our lives. The whole point of Calvary is redemption and restoration. Because of sin the relationship that Adam and Eve had with God in the garden was lost. But through Jesus Christ the intimacy that once existed is now restored.
We embark on a new year and many times we can get in negative mindsets in which we get fixed on our mistakes and short comings. We need to evaluate from time to time where our focus truly lies. If my focus is upon Jesus Christ and what He has done for me then I will walk in His peace and be aware of His presence in every area of my life. But if my focus is upon my short comings and my circumstances then naturally discouragement will find a place in my heart and if not checked can lead to deep depression.
Our battlefield is in our mind alone. Having our focus in Jesus cannot be emphasized enough. Many simply struggle in Christ because they fail to abide and they fail to seek the Lord. They fail to keep their hearts and minds focused on Him alone. Let us simply hold fast today to the faith we have and know that God is fully in control. He is working all things together for our good.