Sunday, December 31, 2006

Today is a 'Do Over"

Happy New year!
It's a fresh start, a new day!

What is it that you regret doing or maybe NOT doing this past year? We all have skeletons in our closets, regrets and feelings of guilt because of past thoughts, actions, and things we've said. Well guess what! It's a new year! And better yet, God allows "Do Overs." Today is a "Do Over." Everything starts over again today. The worst thing that we can do is drag yesterdays regrets into today's life.

You know, God wants you to forget, to put the past behind you. He wants you to ask Him for forgiveness for what you've done, so that He can forgive you and set you free from the worry, guilt and regrets! His goal is for you to grow spiritually, to become fruitful. If you hang onto your past, well, you're looking back instead of forward. God is more concerned with what's ahead of you than behind. As a matter of fact... God forgets what he forgives you for. But Satan hasn't forgotten. Satan focuses on our past. He reminds us of every single thing we've ever done wrong! He does this because if we forget our past, then we'll be effective at building God's Kingdom. We'll bear fruit and bring glory and honor to God through the way we live our lives.

Today is a "Do Over!" Our God is a God of 2nd chances, not just 2nd chances, but 3rd and 4th and so on until we finally get it.

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life."

We need to do as Paul does in Philippians 3:12-14
(12) I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. (13) No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing; Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, (14) I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Focus on the future, get rid of the guilt and pain from your past, leave it with Jesus. Press on towards the life that God is calling you.
God bless you as you serve Him this year.

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