A baby is born. A couple marries. A family moves to another state. A young person graduates from college. There are always new beginnings. And another segment of the future stretches before us.
It seems natural to think of things like these at this time in our calendar. We call the beginning of every year the “new year.” It is not only at the beginning of another year that we can start over. God looks at our lives and is always ready to help us “start over again.”
Someone said “He is the God of a second chance.” And He is. He is also the God of third chances … fourth chances … fifth chances. In fact, His “love allowance” for us is unlimited.
He permits us to forget the past. I don’t mean He just allows us to forget. I mean He enables us to forget the troubles and treacheries of the past and serve Him with a new start!
“Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
This is the Apostle Paul telling us that the Lord gives us a new start or new beginning when we come to Christ. This same servant of the Lord wrote, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Forgetting the past. Pressing forward to the prize God has for us. That is the direction we are being given by the Spirit of the Lord every day.
“The future is as bright as the promises of God.” When you accept a new start in your life and begin the pursuit of God’s will, plan and purpose for you, you are walking into a bright new light.
“Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” (Ephesians 4:24 NLT) This is not just a self-help resolution. This is a calling of the Spirit which He enables us to fulfill. Walk in the Spirit this new year!
Write the Pastor at PastorBill@firstagcc.org.