Tag Archives: Salvation. New Beginnings

His gift, My gift


Last month I asked the Lord Jesus what gift I could give Him for His Birthday.  As I listened for His reply, I had the recurrent thought that He wanted me to honor Him by following the Apostle Paul’s example.  “But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3: 13-14

This month I am intent on delivering this gift to Him, morning by morning, hour by hour.  I am, by nature, prone to second guessing myself, prone to ruminating over my sins, my mistakes, and my failures.  This rumination leaves me stuck in yesterday.  In my flesh I am unable to forget what lies behind and strain ahead.  To give my Lord His gift, I need to exercise His gift to me.  I need to grab hold of His life within me, His power, His grace.  As I do that, I am able to leave the past behind – to leave it at the foot of the cross of Christ, covered with His atoning blood.  I am able to live new, each new day, straining ahead and upward.

“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23

Lord, I praise You for your compassions which never fail and that are new every morning!  I thank You for giving me newness of  life each new day.


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The Restart Button


The cry of the human heart is for a restart button.   Is there anyone who doesn’t have regrets about something?  Is there anyone who doesn’t wish they could wake up and live a day over again, doing it differently?   Sometimes the regret runs so deep that we long for a new life.

Jesus said that no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.  He made this astonishing statement to Nicodemus, a teacher of the law.  (See John 3)  Nicodemus struggled with how this could be, and Jesus said, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”

Jesus is The Restart Button.  He is the force behind the desire for a restart.  His is the power to produce a new life, a new beginning.  He says He himself makes all things new.   When we believe Him, really believe Him and begin a life of following Him, we restart, new every morning!  Every morning we awake forgiven and empowered to love Him and love others.

This isn’t false advertising.  The One who made the claim was resurrected and rules the universe.  He lives to be my restart button.  He lives to be yours.  He waits for you to call out to Him.   He delights to share His life, His New Life with you.

Lord Jesus,  reveal your love and power to those who long for a restart.   Give each of them your New Life.


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How Do I Begin Again?

How do I begin again or start over?  Yesterday I quoted Romans 10:9   What does it mean to confess, “Jesus is Lord,” with my mouth and believe in my heart that he is alive and reigns as King?  Does it mean I will have to admit that I have gone my own way and not his?  Does it mean I will need to change directions?  Does it mean I will need to listen to what he says – that I will accept his counsel and follow his directions?  I answer yes to all those questions, and then, as I confess and believe, I find he gives me grace and power to admit my sin and to follow him.  I begin and live a life in his kingdom under his banner of love.  This is Good News.  I live to share it.  I invite you to get acquainted with Jesus and to find out for yourself that he is The Way of New Beginnings.  Begin by reading the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

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