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A fresh start in life can be so attractive and most of us would admit that we’ve longed for one at various times. Thankfully, God specializes in giving people a fresh start. Through Jesus Christ we can have a fresh start, a clean slate and a new beginning in life.
But what is God saying for the month of August 2022?
On New Year’s Day, people make resolutions, however we can yearn for something so much more. There’s another type of fresh start that God can give to us and that is renewed hope. Many often find themselves depleted and in need of hope and encouragement in life. Most of us want a fresh start in life when we have failed or have regrets. We may experience despair or feel that we are beyond hope and too far gone to believe that a come-back or a new beginning is possible.
But, that isn’t true, because through Christ, we can have a new beginning and a fresh start; because of God’s extravagant love (1 John 3:1).
However, we need to come to Christ, because apart from Him we are lost. Indeed, we need a fresh start, but we also need forgiveness, because we have all sinned (Romans 3:23, 6:23). We need to make peace with God through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). He alone died for our sins and was raised from the dead to give us a fresh start and a new life (Romans 5:8, 10:9-10).
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)
It seems like a contradiction, but we’re actually blessed when we need a fresh start. Because, when we’re at the bottom, the only way to go is up and when we’re empty, we’re perfectly positioned to be filled.
As we realize our inability to help or save ourselves; we are blessed, if we recognize our need for God (Matthew 5:3). This is the best place to be, because it’s in our humility that we are candidates to receive God’s grace (James 4:6).
God can give us a fresh start when life seems barren.
- Isaiah 43:19 says, “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (NLT)
- Psalm 40:3 says, “He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.” (NLT)
- Psalm 98:1 says, “Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power!” (NLT)
Becoming a Christian, doesn’t mean that we won’t have problems, or have to face negative situations; but that God will walk with us through difficulties and He will use them for our good (Romans 8:28).
Sometimes, we need a fresh start, because we are discouraged or even worn out. But, who better to restore hope to us than the One with inexhaustible resources?
How wonderful to know that God specializes in giving people a fresh start through Christ. We can come to Him and know that He will be faithful to extend mercy and love to us each day.
Could you use a fresh start in life? We invite you to join our services in the month of August and we trust God to turn your situation around.
To this end, August 2022 is our Month of Fresh Start.
The Scripture of the Month is 2 Samuel 22:21 “God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I cleaned up my act, he gave me a fresh start..”
Looking forward to see you in all our services both on site and online. God bless you.