Need a New Beginning?

One of the zillions of things I love about God is that He is all about new beginnings. When we repent and confess Jesus as Lord and believe God raised Him from the dead, we are born again and get our most important new beginning. God erases the debt for our sins because Jesus paid our penalty on the cross, and we get the greatest new beginning of all on earth. We not only are no longer headed for hell because of our sin, and are now promised eternity with God through faith in Jesus Christ, but we get to have a relationship with God on earth. How’s that for an amazingly, awesome, breathtakingly phenomenal new beginning – to be restored to fellowship and personal, intimate relationship with the Creator of the universe, the very fellowship that we humans lost with our Creator because of sin.

When we die, if we are followers of Jesus, we get the other greatest new beginning. We begin our journey in eternity with the Lord. In between our salvation and our beginning in eternity, there are countless other new beginnings. Like every time I confess my sin to God and am forgiven for something wrong I have done. And like the amazing new beginning I have had just this morning. In spending time with the Lord, in seeking Him and listening to Him speak into my heart, I realized He has taken me to a new place with a gift He has given me.

It is a place I never thought I would arrive. And it has nothing to do with the world around me. It has to do with the level of intimacy I have discovered with Him. And as grateful I am for this new beginning regarding the gift He has given me, it doesn’t even come close to how thankful I am for the new beginning I have found in my relationship with Him.

And though my relationship with Him has been growing ever deeper, and it may seem as though I haven’t needed a new beginning with Him, the truth is that I have needed a new beginning with Him. A new start. I have been so weary, and discouraged, and down, and frustrated, and so many other things because of the long-standing battle in which I have been engaged that I finally realized the enemy has done just about everything he could do to pull me away from my faith in, and love for, the Lord.

My new beginning? It’s a fresh burst of love, and commitment, and devotion, and humility. It’s the fact that instead of hiding under my covers today and falling down into darkness, I am standing up and taking another big step forward – right into the arms of my Lord.

Need a new beginning? Seek the Lord. Seek the Lord. Seek the Lord. 

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