Monday, March 1, 2010
A New Life
Did you make a New Year's resolution this year? Are you tired of being tired? Tired of the turmoil in your relationships with the family, with friends or with your co-workers?
Maybe you said you would like to be a better friend, a better spouse to your significant other, or maybe to be a better parent!
This year could be the start of a new beginning for you and maybe even for your loved ones. God has provided the way to begin a new life, to wash away the old messy stuff that has built up and surrounded your life.
The first step for your new life is to recognize that there is a need for a change, that there must be a cleansing; there is only one way that this cleansing can happen and that is through the precious Blood of Jesus Christ.
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
There is absolutely nothing so messy in our lives that God can not forgive. True, He may require us to confess to others and to ask them for their forgiveness too. The compassion and love of God is seen in His desire to forgive and restore sinners to Himself.
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. 1 John 5:9
To know to do right and to refuse to do so is a sin. When we have a desire to do what is right, which would be the will of God, the Holy Spirit enlightens our understanding as we read God's Word. If with humility we summit to Him, He will assist us in obeying His Word in every area of our lives.
Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. Psalm 119:2
I can assure you that God will not bless your life unless you take the first step, which is to cry out to God in a godly sorrow of repentance, asking for forgiveness of your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
Please believe me. I have learned this the hard way.... a new beginning is well worth the effort to humble one's self.