[She laughs without fear of the future]
I’m thrilled to get back to blogging! This marks my third consecutive New Year’s Post! I’ll be doing this in two steps. As you can see, I’m set on continuing the theme of moving forward. How about you? Are you ready to leave the past behind?
Over my blogging break, I spent some of that time endeavouring to get my spring cleaning done. I’m not early; I’m actually late! Health hurdles have kept this seemingly endless project going, but I’m getting there!
One of my goals was to shred all of our old paperwork. Some documents went so far back, that it felt quite strange. I don’t look back on the past often because that’s not the direction I’m heading, but I can beat myself up for my blunders. The tail end of 2019 was rough; I kept tripping over myself. This makes a new year the perfect opportunity to put it all behind me and start over fresh.
It’s time to shred it all! When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He essentially shredded our past. We became a A New Creation (or person), no longer living for ourselves, but instead living to serve Jesus. This is exciting! It’s both a joy and a privilege (Phillipians 1:15-18, Phillipians 1:29-30)
Our message is one of reconcilliation (or peace) with God. When one becomes a follower of Jesus their sins are washed away, and they are encouraged to move forward. (1 John 1:7)
This still means confessing and repenting of our sins along the way, but those who confess and reject their sin will recieve mercy. (We have God’s forgiveness.) Jesus put it this way: those who’ve had a bath need only to wash their feet.
He is Able
Jesus tells us to seek, ask, and knock. Why? Without faith no one can please God. What this means is that we must trust and believe that He is able to save completely those who come to God (The Father) through Him.
Not only would there be no relationship between man and God without faith, there would be no change–that is, what He wants to achieve in us and through us. For without faith we neither believe that He is real nor that He is a rewarder of those who want to find Him.
We have all sorts of excuses not to let go of things: fear, sentimentality, doubt, stubbornness, ignorance, bitterness or a lack of confidence. However, God doesn’t accept any excuse. He knows exactly what He is capable of if we will trust Him enough to move forward in faith.
We really have no good excuse, for we can ask for the things that we need to achieve our goals: a renewed spirit (the right attitude and steadfastness), understanding, discernment, etc. Not only can we ask for what we need, but our Father in heaven also loves to give good things to those who ask for the right reasons. (James 4:2-3)
Know to Grow
It takes keeping in step with the Holy Spirit to grow in the Fruits of the Spirit. We read our Bibles to understand God’s good and pleasing will. Scripture refers to this as the renewing of our minds. As we read, we pray for the Holy Spirit to teach us and help us understand what we’re reading. He convicts us and corrects us, helping us every step of the way. Mercifully, He’s also a Comforter who reminds us that it’s His kindness that leads us to repentance.
The Future Looks Bright!
For those who believe that He is able, the future always looks bright. Have you accepted Jesus’ invitation? If so, have you been following the The Spirit? What’s holding you back? Are you asking for what you need? Do your motives line up with God’s will? Am I asking too many questions? (Gotcha!)
Letting go of the past not only sets us on the right track, it also means rest for our weary souls. Then we can enjoy the Peace of God, and laugh without fear at the days ahead of us! Why? For there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Let’s enjoy, and share, this message of peace.
“The Scriptures say that no one who has faith will be disappointed, no matter if that person is a Jew or a Gentile. There is only one Lord, and he is generous to everyone who asks for His help. All who call out to the Lord will be saved.
How can people have faith in the Lord and ask Him to save them, if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear, unless someone tells them? And how can anyone tell them without being sent by the Lord? The Scriptures say it is a beautiful sight to see even the feet of someone coming to preach the good news. –Romans 10:11-15
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” –Proverbs 31:25
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