And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year. ~Joshua 5:12
I am thankful for the privilege of completing a missions preaching and survey trip to Taiwan and the Philippines. I booked my stay in the Philippines where I lodged the very first time I came here in 2008. The hotel did a major renovation since I was here last. You might say all things became new! This morning we see Joshua and the children of Israel eating of the manna and old corn of the land for the very last time. After that day they would eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan. Would you consider with me things that become new for us after we get saved?
There is the guarantee of a new destiny.
Israel had spent forty years wandering in the wilderness. The time had come for them to enter the land of Canaan. When a person receives Jesus Christ as Savior, he has is the recipient of a new destiny. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). He is no longer under the sentence of condemnation. He is passed from death unto life. Heaven is the eternal destiny of everyone who places his faith in Christ as his personal Savior.
There is the glory in a new development.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). When we get saved we undergo an immediate spiritual transformation. We become a new creature in Jesus Christ. We are eternally forgiven of our sins. We want to live the victorious Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit. As a new creature we desire to serve and worship the Lord. As a new creature, we desire to follow the Lord and not our own agenda. We desire to advance the Lord’s kingdom through His local church.
There is the goodness of a new diet.
When we get saved, we desire to feed our souls with God’s Word. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” We feed our souls with God’s Word. We feel spiritually starved if we do not have our daily devotions, sit under strong preaching, or spend quality time digging into the scriptures. Instead of feeding our souls on worldly lusts or the filth of the flesh, we thirst and crave for God’s Word to satisfy our souls.
There is the greatness of a new devotion.
Israel would enter into the land of Canaan under Joshua’s leadership. The nation would pledge its devotion to God by following Joshua. Joshua was a completely different personality when you compare him to Moses. However, the people wholly followed Joshua and the Lord. When we get saved, we follow Jesus with all of our hearts. We are not to have a divided interest. We renounce our former life with its affections and lusts. We want more of the Lord Jesus, and not less. We want our Lord to know that we love with all our heart, soul and mind.
Yes, when a person gets saved, old things become new! Make sure you are seeking the new things that God gives to us, and not be someone who keeps clinging to the old.
Have a transformed God Morning.
Bible Reading Schedule: Numbers 1-2