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“All Things New”

 

          We all need the grace of God in our lives and in our failures, we are reminded not only of who we are in our feet of clay and our humanity, but we’re reminded of who God is and the grace that He supplies. Grace is needed in those times. Justice is when we get what we deserve and mercy is getting what we don’t deserve. But grace is when we get what we don’t deserve at any time throughout our lives. And grace is needed during our failures and mistakes.

 

          We serve a God of restoration. We serve a God of healing. We serve a God of forgiveness. We serve a God that gives us hope. What does that mean? When we fall, when we’re broken, when everyone around us looks at us and says there’s no hope, no chance of redemption in this person’s life, it means that what they’re saying is not true. We can have hope. We can be redeemed. We can have a second chance, a new beginning.

 

         A chance to come back from failure, gives us an opportunity to make a better choice. It gives us a second chance to make the right choice, because perhaps we made the wrong choice. And boy, don’t we like to have an opportunity to do it over? Some of the best lessons we’ve ever received, some of the most important lessons we’ve ever learned, we learned during difficult times.

 

          When you look at the Bible, and I love God’s word, it doesn’t try to hide the failures. If you want to see the longest list of mess-ups, don’t look in the mirror, look in the Bible. Those people weren’t puritan perfect, and they got in the Bible, anyway. Count the woman from Samaria who had tried five husbands, and Gideon who set up an idol on the very spot that he had received the call from God, and Sarah who laughed at God even though she had witnessed a lifetime of well-kept promises. Add David, the adulterer, Eve, the apple-picker, Zacchaeus, the crooked tax guy. Before you tally up your sins, count theirs. Before you throw in the towel on yourself, read the list of every person mentioned above and you’ll be looking at nothing less than an amazing roster of divine comebacks.

 

          Ephesians 4:22-24Ephesians 4:22-24
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

22 En cuanto a la pasada manera de vivir, despojaos del viejo hombre,p que está corrompido por los deseos engañosos, 23 renovaos en el espíritu de vuestra mente,q 24 y vestíos del nuevo hombre, creado según Diosr en la justicia y santidad de la verdad.

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“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. “  Your past is covered in the blood. God has made all things new. When man puts something that has been broken back together, it is usually not as good as before. But when Jesus does it, all things become new!

 

          We want to go back and relive the problems and the failures and the mistakes and the disobedience in earlier chapters of our lives, but once-and-for-all Say Goodbye to Yesterday. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  2 Corinthians 5:172 Corinthians 5:17
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

17 De modo que si alguno está en Cristo, nueva criaturan es: las cosas viejas pasaron; todas son hechas nuevas.

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Two kids were walking to their elementary school and one kid said to his buddy, “I figured out a system that helps me get along with my mom. She tells me what to do and I do it. It works.” It’s the same system for getting along with God, Obedience.  Live your new beginning with the new focus which comes to light in the gospel.

 

 

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