A New Start
Doesn’t a new start sound great? When life becomes difficult, when you have failed several times, when you mess up a perfect relationship, when you are bored of your job, your house, your friends, and family, a new start sounds absolutely exciting when we find ourselves stuck and in the mediocrities of life. Do you know what Jesus did on the cross over two thousand years ago enables you to have a new start even now? Though many believers know this truth, they still live beneath this truth every day because somehow the lie of the old life seems to envelop their souls. The truth is the enemy of our souls knows if he can keep us looking back we would make very little progress in the future God has for us.
All of us have a past and for some, it may be memorable, and for others, it may be horrible. Whatever the past looks like the enemy majors in causing us to indulge in what was. We serve a God that loves to plan ahead for His children, and scripture tells us that His plans are always good in the end. (Jeremiah 29:11). As a pastor, I am afforded the opportunity to minister to all types of people that range from young to old, mature and immature, strong and weak but what I have come to recognize is from the least to the greatest the most common issues among them all is letting go of the past.
I spent or should I say, “Wasted” a lot of time and energy on what was, and what could have been. But I am grateful for the present and the bright future that God has for us. I want to encourage you to take time through this plan to make a commitment to stop looking back at the negatives. Our memory is not the enemy but the way we use our memory will determine the detriment. When I look back on life it is for only moments of seeing what God did and how He brought me through. As you journey with me I want you to understand that a new start is available to you no matter where you’ve been or what you have done. Jesus died to save and give you a brand new start. I believe Jesus specializes in new beginnings and now I look at every disappointment, hurt and pain as a chance to birth something new. We do ourselves a great injustice and we lock God out when we choose to keep looking back in a negative way. We were made to move forward and it’s time to stop looking back.
Holy Spirit, help me from today to live my life with a view of what is ahead; help me to stop
Scripture Reference: And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Ephesians 2:1-5 KJV
Therefore 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 KJV
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14 KJV
Under Her Wings
Even though I live on a farm, I have no experience whatsoever with hens and chicks. I do, however, have an idea of how a hen might feel (if indeed a hen can feel) when it comes to protecting her chicks. The hen has a nurturing nature, and she wants to keep her little ones safe. I think there’s actually a “motherhood thing” going on—not just a “chicken thing.” Perhaps what’s really going on is a Jesus thing.
The Lord has a nurturing nature when it comes to his children. He wants to guide you and keep you safe, to draw you close to him just as that hen does when she gathers her chicks under her wings. As a mom, you exhibit that same nature when you draw your children to your side—to the shelter of your presence.
Think About It:
As a mother, you know how heartbreaking it would be for your children to stay at arm’s length and resist the safety and love you provide. Are you keeping the Lord at a distance by rejecting his love and protection?
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Matthew 23:37 KJV
Praise ye the Lord : for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. Praise the Lord , O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion. For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee. He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow. He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the Lord .
Psalms 147:1-20 KJV
If your in need of divine healing, mentally, physically, or emotionally, Jesus Christ Shed blood on the cross has entitled you to receive that healing. Say this verse daily to the Lord in faith as your affimation. And in believing you can be made whole.
Heal me, O Lord , and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.
Jeremiah 17:14 KJV