I had bought a new patio umbrella because we had a lot of tree limbs cut away from the house, and now my patio is no longer shaded. This new umbrella seemed perfect until the rains started and it began holding water, so I ordered a new and improved umbrella, larger and more beautiful than the previous. I ordered it before I sent the old one back because I needed the box to return the other one in. I had waited one day too long and the return period was over! I called the company to see if anything could be done, and they allowed a refund, but also told me to keep the other umbrella and donate it! Now everyone is happy, especially my husband. The first umbrella is no longer useful because its cover didn’t allow the water to roll off, it collected it causing damage. However, the new umbrella sheds the water and it rolls right off as it should. The first umbrella is like the world and the new umbrella is like Jesus. Did you forget to take down the first umbrella, before putting up the new one? Is it collecting dirt and causing you damage? Take down the old one, you don’t need it anymore. Seek only the covering of Jesus, He is our perfect coverage.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
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