“But the land which you enter to possess is a land of hills and valleys which drinks water of the rain of the heavens. A land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it from the beginning of the year to the end of the year” (Deuteronomy 11:11-12 Amplified).
Embracing a New Year brings excitement but also carries memories of past failures, guilt of things done and heartaches for things left undone. Who doesn’t love a fresh start each day? Drawing upon His forgiveness when overwhelmed with self-hatred cures restlessness “It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23 AMP).
Embedded in the heart of Christianity stands a living truth---almighty God makes all things new (Revelation 21:1-5). God loves new things: new songs, new hearts, new heaven and earth, new names. Jesus is the new wine of a better covenant and His arrival in the world dawned a joyful original era between God and mankind.
Changing our nature of dust, He made us the light of the world and salt of the earth (Matthew 5:14).
Dying on Calvary’s cross, the only begotten Son took all of humanity’s old self into death “For if a man is in Christ he becomes a new person altogether; the past is gone, everything is fresh and new. All this is God’s doing, for He has reconciled us to Himself through [the blood] of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17 JB Phillips).
Everyone needs new birth (John 3:3). Re-creating in Christ Jesus, He does not ‘patch’ up; but rather makes us a newly regenerated creation “What you learned was to fling off the dirty clothes of the old way of living, to be spiritually re-made, to put on the clean fresh clothes of the new life which was made by God’s design” (Ephesians 4:22-24 Phillips).
God alone understands what and who we are. Forgetting, forgiving ourselves for the past enables us to look forward to another day “I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal to win [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward” (Philippians 3:13-14 Amplified).
What lurks behind and what lies ahead are insignificant compared to Who lives within us.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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