Inner power for the New You
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Where to turn when you need inner power
3 potential New You’s
How to experience the inner power that helps you become the New You
Get ‘back to nature’ to understand how this experience can be yours
When You Need Inner Power
I was in the ninth grade when the unthinkable happened.
I lost control and tried to knife a friend.
Bob and I were listening to the radio when he flipped the dial to another station.
“You call that music?” he demanded.
“It’s better than what you like!” I yelled back, grabbing for the dial.
“Come on, Carson. You always – “
In that instant blind anger—pathological anger—took possession of me.
Grabbing the camping knife I carried in my back pocket, I snapped it open and lunged for the boy who had been my friend.
With all the power of my young muscles, I thrust the knife toward his belly.
The knife hit his big, heavy ROTC buckle with such force that the blade snapped and dropped to the ground.
I stared at the broken blade and went weak.
I had almost killed him.
I had almost killed my friend.
If the buckle hadn’t protected him, Bob would have been lying at my feet, dying or severely wounded.
“I-I’m sorry,” I muttered, dropping the handle.
I couldn’t look him in the eye.
Without a word, I turned and ran home.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you suddenly realised you were totally out of control?
Maybe your temper isn’t a problem, but maybe it’s:
your eating? . . . .your drinking? . . . your spending? . . . your gambling? . . . your…?
I tried to kill Bob.
I tried to kill my friend.
“This is crazy,” I finally mumbled. I must be crazy. Sane people don’t try to kill their friends.”
“I’m doing so well at school, and then I do this.”
I’d dreamed of being a doctor since I was 8 years old.
But how could I fulfil the dream with such a terrible temper?
When angry, I went out of control and had no idea how to stop.
I’d never make anything of myself if I didn’t control my temper.
If only I could do something about the rage that burned inside me.
Where to Turn When you Need Inner Power
The power of the Holy Spirit is so great—so limitless—that it can bring about a complete transformation of an individual’s life.
It can change you into an entirely new person; a New You.
Everything mean, unkind and critical can disappear.
It can be replaced by graciousness, gentleness and unselfishness.
The change is so complete that a person is hardly recognisable by his or her friends. It is as though that person has been “born again” (John 3:3).
Such a change involves nothing short of a total revolution in all thoughts and actions.
It will transform your:
• home life
• business life
• recreational life
• eating habits
• drinking habits
• spending habits
It’s a totally New You.
What does the New You look like?
Here are some ideas…
You now realise that poor habits in eating and exercise, and maybe even drinking and smoking, prevent you from being the optimal New You. The New You resolves not to do things that are harmful to your body.
Instead of thinking of yourself, the New You begins to think of others first.
The New You looks for ways to share what you have, instead of keeping everything for yourself.
The inner power of the New You
Is a total transformation possible?
It must be, or God would not have promised it.
You may be sure He can make a New You—if you want Him to do so.
Actually it isn’t as difficult as it may seem.
Jesus revealed the secret in one of His prayers.
“My prayer is… that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us… I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity.” (John 17:20-23)
Completeness can only be found in unity with God.
In other words, you need to allow God to control your life.
From somewhere deep inside my mind came a strong impression.
My mother had taught me to pray.
My teachers at the religious school in Boston often told us that God would help us if we only asked Him.
For weeks, for months, I had been trying to control my temper, figuring I could handle it myself.
Now, in that small hot bathroom I knew the truth.
I could not handle my temper alone.
Some people call this “surrendering your will to God.”
Does that sound scary?
Does it sound like you’re now going to be living the most:
. . . boring . . . miserable . . . lonely . . . life you could ever imagine?
The truth is No! That’s NOT the New You the God of the Bible wants you to be!
In John 10:10, Jesus said:
Psalm 16:11 says (talking about God):
God wants to give a New You a life full of:
joy . . . peace . . . hope
But He will only do this if YOU give Him permission.
“Lord,” I whispered, “You have to take this temper from me. If You don’t, I’ll never be free from it.
“You’ve promised that if we come to You and ask something in faith, that You’ll do it. I believe that You can change this in me.
“If you don’t do this for me, God, I’ve got no place else to go.”
God is a gentleman; He won’t force His company where He’s not wanted.
But if you DO choose to give your life to Him, He will dwell within the New You by His Holy Spirit and live His life in you.
This is what Paul wanted to share with the Ephesians when he wrote:
For this reason I kneel before the Father… I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
“Filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” is basically saying that there’s no room left for the old you.
So the New You–the better, nobler you–is the inevitable result!
By doing this—by giving God control of your life—(after all, you didn’t have control of it anyway, did you?) the old, hopeless struggle with your bad habits ends!
At one point I’d slipped out of the bathroom long enough to grab a Bible. Now I opened it and began to read in Proverbs.
The words of Proverbs condemned me, but they also gave me hope.
After a while, peace began to fill my mind.
My hands stopped shaking.
The tears stopped.
During those hours alone in the bathroom, something happened to me.
God heard my deep cries of anguish.
A feeling of lightness flowed over me, and I knew a change of heart had taken place.
I felt different.
I was different.
I walked out of the bathroom a change young man.
“My temper will never control me again,” I told myself.
The day of victorious living begins!
And since that day, since those long hours wrestling with myself and crying to God for help, I have never had a problem with my temper.
I’ve lived more than 20 years since that experience, and I’ve never had another flare-up or even had a serious problem of needing to control my temper.
I can tolerate amazing amounts of stress and ridicule.
By God’s grace, it still doesn’t require any effort to shake off unpleasant, irritating things. God has helped me to conquer my terrible temper, once and forever.
Say “hello!” to the New You!
If this seems hard to understand—or believe, Back to Nature has the answers!
Here’s an illustration that can assure you that a total transformation is possible!
In every forest, particularly in very cold regions, a few deciduous trees usually retain some of their leaves throughout winter.
Storms may rage, gales may blow, torrents of rain may fall, but still the leaves remain.
You may take a stick and beat the branches with all your might, but you will not be able to dislodge them.
But let a few weeks pass, let spring come. One sunny morning you will discover the tree is bare.
In a single night every single leaf has fallen to the ground!
Why? The sap has risen. That’s all.
Life is flowing through the tree once more.
Rushing up like a torrent from the roots, it is surging out into the furthermost twigs with a power that makes all things new.
It causes a million lovely new leaves to appear and cover the naked branches with verdant beauty.
That’s how it is with the God-filled life of the New You.
Without the aid of the Holy Spirit, you could wrestle with sin for a lifetime without getting anywhere.
But let God flow in!
Let the life of God rise like sap in a tree and radiate through every part of you being!
Old habits that have controlled you for years—or even decades will drop away.
Your conscience will become new.
Your will, your inner power of choice, now belongs to God.
The New You (God living and working inside you) will now have the power to say and do a thousand caring things.
This is the New You that the Bible talks about. And God says that YOU can be this New You!
You may not understand everything in the Bible (some things are pretty deep and mysterious). God doesn’t expect you to.
All He asks is that you
1. believe His promise, and
2. accept His offer
If you do, the New You can begin now! In this moment God can make you a New You, a “new creation.” Someone who is full of love and joy—just like God is!
Today, Tomorrow and You, by Arthur Maxwell is a comprehensive guide to how the Bible can create a whole New You!
Today, Tomorrow and You has vital details on:
• why the Bible is relevant today
• what the God of the Bible is really like
• promises of peace and power in your Bible
Plus, find out how the Bible is your guide to:
• home happiness
• health and vitality
• comfort in times of pain, grief and loss
• securing an eternal future of bliss
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