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A Fresh Start

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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”  2 Corinthians 5:17

Have you ever wished that you could have a do-over?  Or maybe that you could turn back time and start over?  Regret is one of the worst feelings in the world.  And most of us, if we were honest, would admit to having regrets over past actions and mistakes.

Paul says, “the old has gone, and the new has come?”  What “old”?  The old life, the lost life, the condemned life, the life that was separated from God has passed away.  “Passed away” here is used most commonly as a reference to time passing.  Just like time passes and is gone, never to come again, so is the old life without Christ once we are born again.  This old life was full of guilt, shame, pride, selfishness, and condemnation…and was destined for the wrath of God.

So what does Paul mean by “new”?  The meaning of this word is just wonderful!  It means, “unused or unworn.”  We don’t receive a recycled life in Christ.  We receive a brand new life!  It’s as if the old life never existed at all.  This is good news! 

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 is a wonderful reminder of the newness that we have in Christ.  God’s grace is bigger than our regrets.  And even though the consequences of past mistakes may linger, the old has gone and the new has come.  While this verse is directly related to the one-time gift of salvation, God’s grace is certainly also experienced daily.  Lamentations 3:23 tells us that God’s mercies are new every morning.  His grace and mercy is new, fresh every day.

This gives us reason for great joy.  There is no reason to look back and regret.  In Christ, we have been given the ultimate do-over.  Each day is a gift, a new opportunity to live a life that pleases God in His strength, not our own.  Are you carrying the burden of regret?  If so, lay it at the foot of the cross and embrace the newness of God’s great mercy for you today.

Father, thank You for the gift of this day.  I want to live for Your sake, and leave my old life where it belongs…in the past.  Please help me to trust You to use even my mistakes for my good and Your glory, just as You have promised to do.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  

The Only Savior

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“I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from Me there is no savior.”  Isaiah 43:11

Life is hard.  There is no way around this truth.  As long as we walk on this earth, we will deal with heartache, suffering, catastrophe, death, sickness, and countless other struggles.  Many people use this truth as a reason to reject God.  They reason, “How could a loving God allow such pain?”  If most of us were honest, we would have to admit to wondering the same thing. 

In Isaiah 43:11, God makes a bold statement about Himself…”Apart from Me there is no savior.”  God is the only savior.  He is not “a savior,” He is the Savior.  Many Christians know God as our Savior from sin, but what about as our Savior from the hardships of life?  Do we look to Him as our Savior from suffering?  From death and sickness?  From disaster and evil? 

Many will rhetorically ask the question, “Why does God allow bad things to happen?”  But here in Isaiah 43:11 God has told us something important about Himself.  He wants us to know that He is our only hope.  He is the only One who can save.  And without hardship, would we really know Him as Savior on this side of heaven?  God wants us to experience Him as Savior now.  He does not want us to wait until heaven. 

In the midst of sin, suffering, and the many hardships that this life entails, He wants the world to know that there is no salvation apart from Him.  There is no joy in suffering without Him…because apart from Him there is no savior.  There is no comfort in sickness without Him…because apart from Him there is no savior.  There is no hope in death without Him…because apart from Him there is no savior.  There is no glory in catastrophe without Him…because apart from Him there is no savior.

He is our comfort, our joy, our hope, and our glory – because He is the only Savior.  This does not mean that He will always save us from hardship; but it does mean that He will walk with us through it.  Do you know Him as your Savior?  Choose today to allow trials, struggles or hardships to bring you to your knees at the feet of this glorious Savior. 

Father, I praise You because You are the only Savior.  You save me from my sins, and from the effects of sin.  No matter what happens, I have hope in You.  Help me to remember this in times of trouble.  Help me to share this truth with others who need You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Free to Love God

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“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins…We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:10, 19

In his book, Tortured for Christ, Richard Wurmbrand wrote: “Without fear we sang in prisons 30 feet beneath the earth.  We were terribly hungry, beaten and tortured.  The Communists were good at torturing us.  We would say to each other, ‘the Communists beat us very well—let us do our work well.  Let us sing well.’”

Wurmbrand, a man of Jewish decent, spent 14 years in Communist Romanian prisons for His faith in Christ.  He was physically tortured and placed in solitary confinement for several years because of his unwavering love for Jesus Christ.  He refused to stop spreading the Gospel, despite the cost.  He refused to stop worshiping his Lord… even in prison.

Richard Wurmbrand understood true freedom.  He knew firsthand the glorious freedom of loving God.  From behind steel bars and within the confines of chains, he was free.  Free to believe. Free to hope. Free to pray.  Free to sing. Free to die for Christ. Because God loved him, he was free to love God.

God is love; therefore, He is the initiator of all love.  Our love for God is always in response to His love for us.  And the ultimate demonstration of His love is seen in His Son, Jesus.  Whatever happens in life, if we look to the cross, we can know we are loved.  Our risen Savior, the Lord over all creation, is our invitation to love God.  And in loving Him, we are free to enjoy Him.  We are free to love Him because He is worthy… to seek His face and not only His hands. 

Have you paused lately to consider the freedom you have in Christ if you believe in Him?  You are free to know and to love your Creator. The God who counts the stars and knows them by name loves you and knows the number of hairs on your head.  You are free to talk to Him and ask Him questions. You are free to worship Him, even in chains, like Richard Wurmbrand did. You can love Him wholeheartedly, because He first loved you.  What glorious freedom! 

Holy Father, Thank You for loving me. Thank You for sending Jesus as the sacrifice for my sins so that I can love You, too.  Without forgiveness I could not have a relationship with You at all.  Lord, help me to be steadfast and firm in my faith.  I want others to know that You love them.  Use Me to accomplish Your plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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