DO THEY SEE? Can they tell?

We often see the sign “Under New Management” and take it to mean that the shop, café, hotel or whatever is IMPROVED and worth trying.


“Under New Management”
should accurately describe what happens when we become a Christian.
The life is literally under new management.

Ephesians 2:2-3 describes the life of every person. We were all sinners, following the ways of the ruler of this world and obeying the cravings of our sinful nature.  We were carried along like a dead fish in a fast moving stream – children of the devil and obeying our sinful nature, with NO ability to resist.  We were guilty, without excuse and condemned.

Then we read the marvellous news in Ephesians 2:4 –  “BUT GOD . . .”

Because of God’s great love for us – just as He promised back in the Garden of Eden – He provided the one and only means by which we could escape our hopeless condition. 

God gave His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to bear the penalty for the sins of the world.  Although Himself sinless, Jesus took our sins in His own body at Calvary and God poured out His wrath on my sin – on your sin – in Jesus.

Now, to all who agree with God about their sinful condition and accept His gift of salvation through the sacrifice of His Son, He imparts new life.  He raises us up from the mire of our sinful condition and empowers us to live victorious lives in His power. 

We are literally
We have been bought with a price. We no longer belong to ourselves.
Jesus is LORD and it is our privilege and our joy to obey Him.

When we see an “Under New Management” sign on a shop or café,
we EXPECT TO SEE IMPROVEMENTS
We expect to be treated differently. 

The question we must ask is:
Do the people who know me recognise that my life is changed for the better? 
Do they see improvements? 
Does my life reflect the qualities of my ’new Owner’? 
Do they see Christ in me?  They should! 
Do they want what I have?  They should!

Which one do they see?

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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14 Responses to DO THEY SEE? Can they tell?

  1. shofar says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I, too, am a ‘cloud watcher’!!! Glad that I have found a new Christian friend who believes in the imminent return of Christ!

    We’re nearly the same age and also celebrated our golden anniversary. Picture of my wedding gown and ‘love story’ also found at
    http://heulu.wordpress.com ‘God’s Enduring Love’.

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  2. Debbie says:

    Mentor Angela . . .I was so blessed by this as I read where you were going with it! I love how He gives you these oh so special and grabbing analogies. Yes, we do expect things to be better under new management, don’t we? I know that I am better, changed . .. and praying that others can see and hear that too! :) God bless you as you give us another “but God” moment!

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    • As you know Deb, I love the “But Gods” of Scripture. He has made S-U-C-H a difference in my life! and I am sure in yours.
      I am also aware, though, that sometimes I block His light from shining through. Sometimes, when shopping, my mind is so full of what I must do, and wanting to get back home quickly, that I might neglect to see someone in need.

      May His love and light shine from us this week and reach into the darkness of someone who doesn’t know Him.
      In Christ
      Angela

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  3. snowgood says:

    Do they want what we have – that’s the telling bit. I became a Christian, baceuse I wanted what my friend radiated – Jesus.

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    • Stephen, if we all radiated Jesus, as we should, people would see HIM and HE would draw all to Himself.
      It is high time to awake out of sleep, for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the armour of light. Romans 13:11-12

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  4. Noel Williams (prhayz) www.prhayz.com says:

    Praise God! 2 Corinthians 5:17 sums it up this way, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” New life, choices and attitude.
    Thank you so much for sharing Angela. May God blesses you.

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    • And what a change ! ! !
      I pray that people will not only see the change, but the One who caused the change – that they will see Christ, high and lifted up and offering them peace with God and the peace of God.

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  5. Rob Barkman says:

    Angela… I rteally appreciate the “under new management” theme for our salvation. That is exactly what it is. We have become new creatures in Christ, the Lord now rules and we have a new “on site manager” as well… the Holy Spirit! God bless you..

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  6. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Angela, another great uplifting message, full of Truth, so as you asked, do we continue to hurt God by our disobedience, did Jesus ? if we have His mind then He is within us, so do we choose to sin ? did He ? and do we walk as He walked which was without sin ? are we perfected in Love ? have we been Born again of God’s seed? and as you also asked Angela, can people see that we have been ? 1John 3:9 Have we done what God asks us in the Scriptures below or does our flesh still have control ?

    Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

    Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

    2 Corinthians 7: 1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

    Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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    • Hi Anne.
      I don’t see where I asked if we continue to hurt God by our disobedience.

      I did, as you say, ask if people can see Jesus in our lives, and I am afraid that it isn’t always so . . . even though it should be.

      Yes, God has supplied all that we need to live completely victorious lives. He has given us His Spirit. We have His resurrection power. Satan is a defeated foe and when we submit to God’s control, satan HAS to flee.

      We are more than conquerors – in Christ.
      Angela

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      • Freedomborn says:

        Sorry Angela, but with you having shared about Jesus being our sacrifice and we know He suffered greatly because of our sins and also the Heavenly Father, so we could be forgiven and not punished for our past sin and so we could also walk in Victory after coming to True heart repentance, I just expounded on what you shared and what we know is Truth, which I’m sure you will agree with, knowing it is confirmed in the Scriptures.

        Christian Love Anne.

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  7. alwayzhis says:

    Yes oh yes Angela! What a joy it is to say “Not my will be done, but yours Father”. And with that I worship at the Throne of the Father. We all should be thanking Him daily for my Savior, His Son who overcame eternal death for us! We our no longer ours…we are bought with a price such as we never deserved nor can fathom the intensity of.
    Thank you for this post!!
    Blessings
    Stephanie

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    • Hi Stephanie. Thank you for your enthusiastic praise of our great Saviour! Truly, He alone is worthy!

      While some people want to be “their own person” we know the joy of not “being our own” but belonging to the omnipotent Father God.

      What an amazing God!

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