Living Life Differently - cont.


Being a believer has completely changed my life and given me the opportunity to live life differently. To live a life with hope for the future,8   accepted by God9   and free to make a difference in the lives of my family, friends and everyone I meet.10   My lifestyle needs to reflect those changes and when it does it confirms what I claim to believe. When I fail, my response to those failures and my belief in repentance and forgiveness can also reflect my faith and hopefully show others that they can experience the same.

I'm not alone11  in learning how to live life differently; Christ is with me every step of the way. He comforts me,12  teaches me,13  loves me,14  forgives me15  and encourages16  me every day. I know he has a purpose17  for the new life our family is living both without Brock and as believers. I'm even finding joy in the present while anxiously looking forward to the future.


1 2 Corinthians 5:17  "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. "
2 Romans 6:21-23  "What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of?  Those things result in death!  But now you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
3 Psalm 141:3-4  "Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies. "
4 2 Corinthians 10:5  "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
  Philippians 4:8  "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. "
5 James 2:22  "You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. "
  1 John 3:18  "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. "
6 Philippians 1:6  "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
7 Ephesians 2:8-9  "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  "
8 Jeremiah 29:11  "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. "
9 Acts 15:8  "God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us."
10 Galatians 5:13  "You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love. "
11 Hebrews 13:5-6  "…because God has said, never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.  So you say with confidence, the Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?"
12 2 Corinthians 1:3-4  "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."
13 Psalm 25:5  "guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
 John 14:23  "Jesus replied, if anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. "
14 John 3:16  "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
  1 John 4:10-11  "This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. "
15 Micah 7:18  "Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?"
16 Psalm 10:17  "You heard, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry."
 Acts 11:23  "When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts."
17 Exodus 9:16  "But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."
  Romans 8:28  "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
  2 Corinthians 5:5  "Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come."

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2 Corinthians 5:17  NIV

" Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! "

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