A New Beginning

Are you looking for a fresh start? A second chance? Maybe you feel stuck in your past? You’re wondering “Why did this happen to me?” Your days are spent thinking about that missed opportunity, regret, how you were wronged, abused, issues with your parents, or even a divorce. Well my friend no matter the situation, a new beginning can be yours today!

Before coming to Jesus, my life was filled with many issues. At that time if you’d cut me, I’d bleed fear, worry and anxiety. Issues of insecurity, a sense of belonging and a lack of identity plagued my thoughts daily. I never felt good enough. Suicidal thoughts were constantly on my mind and even one day I acted on that thought. But thankfully The Lord interceded on my behalf!

Sporadically, I’d been attending church when my grandmother picked me up. One Sunday morning in service, the Sunday school teacher sternly asked if I was saved. I had no idea what it meant but it sounded like something I should have already done. I hesitantly said yes and she moved on with her planned curriculum.

It wasn’t until a few years later that I finally accepted Jesus in my life. And on my 16th Birthday I was baptized. Emerging from the water, I was extremely excited. I was so grateful for my new beginning with Christ. The issues of my past were ALL washed away! I had acknowledged publicly that Jesus died and resurrected on my behalf in order for me to have a new life. It’s been many years since that memorable moment but I remember the feeling like it was just yesterday!

My dear friend, this can be your experience as well. There are no limitations in Christ. You’re not too old, too young, too messed up or too good to experience the Love of Jesus! You might be pondering, “Why do I need Jesus? How’s He going to help me with my issues?” Good question! In 1 John 1:9 and 2 Corinthians 5:17, the bible tells of our new position when we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives. You might have made a lot of mistakes, burned a few bridges, but it’s ok. As long as you are ready for change, it is possible. It’s never too late!

When we come to Jesus it’s like our past issues never occurred. Our perspective, hopes and goals become re-orientated to the present and future. Whatever the issue(s), The Lord doesn’t hold our past against us and if He doesn’t, neither should we. It’s important to remember He never wants us to stay in that place of stagnation mainly because things from our past are like weights. Picture a person about to run a race holding two over-sized luggage in both hands. Could they possibly win? No! There’s no way they’d be able to win because of the resistance and unnecessary extra baggage. In Philippians 3:13-14, the writer explains it perfectly.

It’s the same idea with Christ. He created us to win in this life! Yes most of us have encountered some unfavorable circumstances but we have a hope and a future with Christ. No matter the issue we cannot go around grumpy, feeling that the world owes us something or engrossed in pity parties. The first person we should express these concerns with should be with The Lord. After we’ve been totally honest with Him, He’ll give instructions about what should be done. If the issue(s) can be dealt with by speaking with the person directly involved, that can bring great closure as well. If that’s not possible, let go and move on. Why is this so important? It’s never good to stay in a place too long because dwelling there can cause you to miss your purpose as well as what The Lord has in store for you. Genesis 11:27-32 depicts this in a very real way. In this story, Terah, Abraham’s father loss his son Haran. I believe The Lord spoke to Terah telling him to go to Canaan. While they were on their way, Terah came to the land of Haran and settled there. I believed that Terah was so devastated by the death of his first-born son that he never got over it and therefore settled for less than what God had in store for him.

My friend, don’t let this be your story. You are still able to re-write the pages of your life. I’ve learned that when unfavorable things happen, it’s important to re-new our minds. Romans 12:2 has been a great help to me. It’s in the renewal of our minds that change takes place. Proverbs 4:23 also shows that it’s important to keep our hearts pure. How do we do that? Well it’s ALWAYS being conscious of the thoughts in our minds and the issues dwelling in our hearts. Little unwelcomed thoughts can creep in when we are unaware but we can combat and replace those thoughts with The Word of God.

Be encouraged my friend; know that today is a new day. The Lord has an expected, glorious and magnificent plan for you. “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:25-26)

Today if you have not accepted Christ in your life or maybe you did, but you need to restore your relationship with Him, it’s not too late. He’s right where you are and He’s the one that led you to this site and post. He wants you to experience freedom like never before! And with that freedom comes a peace that surpasses all understanding. You won’t be able to explain it but others will start seeing the difference in you! This is only the beginning of your marvelous and life-changing journey with The Lord.

In closing friend, I leave you with this verse, Romans 8:28. Know that The Lord is able to turn all those unfavorable situations around in your favor and for your good because you’re His Treasured Child!

Prayer & Declaration:
Lord Jesus I give you my life! Thank you that my old nature has been replaced with your divine nature and that from now on I will be more aware of your Spirit and character displayed in me. From today I know my thoughts will focus on things that are true, lovely, admirable and pure. I am yours today and forever more! Amen


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