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New Beginnings

By |January 1st, 2017|General News|0 Comments

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God…”

A new year feels like a new beginning. Maybe that’s why there’s so much excitement over it, off with the old and on with the new. A chance to start over, learn from our mistakes and start fresh in the new year. The new year feels full of possibilities of what may and can be. Who doesn’t want a new lease on life?

This is exactly what every person gets when they accept Christ into their hearts and lives. Not a remodeling job, not a makeover or a refurbished heart and mind, but a brand new beginning. What sounds like a fairytale that’s too good to be true can become a reality. God tells us in the Bible, “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

How about you? Are you wishing your life were different and that you could start all over? Well, you can. If you’ve never asked Christ to save you and forgive you of your sins and invited Him into your heart and life and make it brand new, you can today. Do it now right where you are and make this a new year of new beginnings!

Don’t Be Afraid

“And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.”1

Fear is a feeling that grips our heart, makes our insides constrict with anxiety, and fills our mind with the worse sense of dread. Fear paralyzes so that we are unable to respond, fear drives us to acting without thinking first and fear so consumes us that we forget everything we know to be true.

So it was when Jairus heard those who came running to him from his house say, “Stop bothering the master any longer, your daughter has already died,” fear came in like a flood and what little hope he had died too. Jesus knew his feelings at that precise moment and comforting Jairus said, “Don’t be afraid, keep believing.”

How many times has news come to your ears that fear overtook your heart, peace flew out the door and you forgot everything you knew to be true about your Savior? You forgot when He said, “Fear not, for I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” You forgot when He said “I will never leave you or forsake you.” You forgot when He said, “You are mine, I have loved you with an everlasting love and I will not let you slip and fall, but I will hold you with my right hand of righteousness.” “You are mine, you are precious in my sight, I have engraved you on my hand and kept you as the apple of my eye. You are my beloved and I rejoice over you with singing.”

The next time fear comes barging through the door of your heart, let Jesus’ words comfort you and be still and listen when He says, “Don’t be afraid, only believe.”

“Wisdom will live by what it knows to be true.”2

  1. Mark 5:22-23; 35-36 []
  2. Ravi Zacharias []

Clueless

Luke 23:34.  And Jesus prayed, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

It’s hard to imagine that our Lord would pray for others at a time when He was suffering the greatest trial of His human existence. But that’s what He did. He who knew the thoughts of man, understood that they had no idea what they were doing when they were crucifying Him. Instead of focusing on His own pain and suffering, He asks for His Father to forgive His tormentors. Jesus knew their eternal destiny was at stake and in pity cries out for their spiritual well being. Jesus always remained focused that He came to be the Savior of the world.

How many times has our loving Savior interceded for us because He knew we didn’t know what we were doing. Jesus told Peter that He prayed for him because Satan wanted to attack and deceive him. Peter thought he knew better, but he was clueless as to the working of Satan in his thoughts. It wasn’t long until Peter denied Jesus Christ three times and then wept bitterly when he realized what he had done.

Still today we have the assurance that Jesus prays and intercedes for us, His children. How many are the times that we have been under Satanic attack in our lives and not even realized it. When we are clueless, He is there at the right hand of the Father praying! What a comfort that should be to us as we go throughout our day.

Meditate on this today: ” Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”1

  1. Romans 8:33-34 []

Count Your Days And Make Your Days Count

Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”

Scripture tells me man is approximated seventy years and if our health is good, maybe eighty. Just how many days is that? According to my calculator, that is a mere 25,550 days for seventy years or 29,200 days for eighty years! Somehow I thought that number would be much higher! Now if I subtract the days from life I’ve already lived I see how many days are left, provided I even live out that many years. How sobering a thought that is and makes me much more serious about making every day count. Asking God to teach us to number our days is in essence asking Him to help us make the most of this life He has given us. This shouldn’t discourage us however but give us the right motivation for living life to the fullest as God intended us to do!

I like how the Psalmist finished up his thoughts in this chapter:

14 “Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
15 Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us,
The years in which we have seen evil.
16 Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands.

And Life Goes On

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, 5 ‘ Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce. 6 Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease. 7 Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.” Jeremiah 29:4-7

You’ve heard the song, “This World Is Not My Home”, but in a real sense, it is. For now. We live in a world that’s been corrupted through sin and Satan and because of that, we suffer pain and hardships, sickness and losses, broken relationships and strife. And yet life goes on. What are we as Christians supposed to do about it? Cry, “Lord take me home!”, complain about the unfairness of life, or just dig in our heels with steely resolve and say “whatever will be will be”? No, I don’t think so! Life goes on, at least for a little while here on earth, and God expects us to live life with zest. Build our homes, plant gardens and raise families to the glory of God who is after all, the Giver of Life! He who has richly given us ALL things to enjoy delights in His children who delight in Him. Thank Him and praise Him for all that He has given you and while you’re at it, don’t forget to pray for this land you live in that you might prosper and have a testimony of joy and contentment. Thank you God, that while this world is not my home, YOU are my eternal dwelling place and my heart is at home!

YOU said it!

Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘ Bring up this people! ’ But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me. Moreover, You have said, ‘I have known you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight. ’ 13 Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.” 14 And He said, “ My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 32:12-14

Moses says to God “You have said…” Can we not also pray and say to God, “You have said…” We can expect God to make good on His Word because He Himself has said He cannot lie. What God promises, He also promises to keep and to fulfill. Maybe today we need to pray, “As you have said,” and trust God to answer.

But I’ve Already Done That!

“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “ Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  But Simon answered and said to Him, “ Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.1

We’ve already done everything humanly possible, but now as the Word of the Lord has commanded, we will do as You say.

Sometimes it seems that God asks of us that which we cannot do and which we’ve already exceeded all human possibilities. How could He ask us to do this one more thing? But like Simon Peter, we need to relent and say, ok Lord, I’ve already tried without success, but at your Word I will try yet again! That’s when the abundance came. When we’ve worked exceedingly hard and been faithful and yet give it another go, because God said to, then we recognize His divine hand working on our behalf when we bring in our nets full and overflowing. Maybe this is why God allows us to serve in what seems interminably fruitless situations, that we might recognize the exceeding abundance of His power when the nets overflow. When the rain finally comes after a long drought, when the fruit begins to grow again on what we thought were withered vines, when we begin catching more fish than we ever had before, we will like Peter, fall to our knees before the God of Gods who has done this great thing! We will realize our sinfulness of self sufficiency, pride and human wisdom and see that we can do nothing except by the hand of God and His Spirit which is working through us and using us to do His will as He deems best. May we like Peter have a heart that says, “nevertheless, at your Word, I will let down the net.”

  1. Luke 5:4-6 NKJV []