Jesus is in the business of taking messed up people and creating new beginnings. He wants to take what you think is a wreck and turn it into a platform to share who He is with others. Don’t believe me look at some of the people who really messed up.
- Tamar was manipulative, deceiving, and a liar. Her story was redeemed and King David comes from her lineage- a direct lineage to Christ.
- David was an adulterer and murderer. He asked for forgiveness and God forgave him and continued to build his kingdom through him.
- The Apostle Paul used to kill Christians. God used him to spread the message of Jesus Christ and speak to His church.
As we enter into 2017, allow Jesus to start something new in your life. It is never too late to start over and begin something new. He wants to heal, revive, and set you free for past hurts and lies. He wants to get to know you more and soften your heart toward him and his people. Let 2017 be full of knowing who God is and understanding how much He wants to move in your life. Let’s start by allowing new beginnings to start in your heart first.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Let the foundation of our 2017 goals be rooted in the truth of His word. To begin every day full of joy. To look at every person with love. To show peace in a time of conflict. To speak with kindness and great self-control. To listen to people who think differently than we do and respond with truth instead of opinion. This year’s new beginnings can start with this simple prayer: “Jesus, make me like you.”
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