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“All Things New.”

 

        As we come to the beginning of a new year I want us to begin a new series entitled “All Things New.”

 

 

        I don’t know about you, but I love “new things.” I love new clothes, new cars, new beginnings, new books, new days, new directions, new restaurants and new relationships. There’s something about the word “new” that just absolutely screams opportunity and possibility. I mean, no matter how bad you’ve blown it, no matter how bad things may have become, no matter what may have happened, how worn out something has gotten, or monotonous your life has become, all of that can be erased when you use that magic little word “new.”  Of course, there are those who don’t see it my way, that’s why they never throw anything away or try a new restaurant. Without compromising your values en Christ and His word, we should embrace new experience in Christ.

 

 

        So, even though I don’t understand them, I do acknowledge that there are those of you out there that are real suspicious of trying or trusting anything new, but for the rest of us, the opportunity to have a new beginning is one of the greatest gifts that God ever gives. For example, today is a New Year’s Day. This is a brand new day in a brand new year. It’s a day when many folks will make what are known as “New Years’ resolutions.”

 

 

        The Christian life is also a series of new beginnings, of falling down and getting up again. A life of new beginnings, new resolutions, new opportunities in Christ.  When we stumble, we often think, “I’ve failed again. I might as well give up.” But God is the God of new beginnings. He not only forgives our sins, but He also uses our failures to make us wiser.

 

 

        Lamentations 3:22-23Lamentations 3:22-23
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

22 Que por la misericordia de Jehová no hemos sido consumidos, porque nunca decayeron sus misericordias; 23 nuevas son cada mañana. ¡Grande es tu fidelidad!o

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“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”

 

 

        This is a beautiful way of saying that God is ever ready to forgive, to restore, and to renew.  He is ever ready to give new beginnings, yet so many seem hindered by their past.  You may have seen people who are stuck, frozen in time, and never progressing. Their identity seems to be locked into past failures and past disappointments, while old attitudes, old mentalities, and old patterns continue to prevail in their lives. People who were raised in negative, critical homes must overcome that influence.

 

 

        Saul, the first king of Israel had to address small thinking that would have hindered his progress. Consider Saul’s response when Samuel began to prepare him for stepping into something bigger than he’d ever experienced:

 

        “And Saul answered and said, Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak like this to me?”1 Samuel 9:211 Samuel 9:21
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

21 Saúl respondió y dijo: --¿No soy yo hijo de Benjamín,i de la más pequeña de las tribus de Israel? Y mi familia ¿no es la más pequeña de todas las familias de la tribu de Benjamín?j ¿Por qué, pues, me has dicho cosa semejante?

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       Here are some men that found many obstacles but frailer didn’t stop them, they found new beginnings!

 

        SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL was at the bottom of his class all the way through high school, and his teachers didn’t consider him good enough in math to enter Woolwich, the military academy for cadets seeking commissions in the Royal Army. Instead, they encouraged him to apply to Sandhurst, the academy that catered to Cavalry and Infantry men. He flunked the entrance exam twice. He passed on his third try but didn’t score high enough for a place in the Infantry. This “under achiever” went on to hold the supreme military command as prime minister and minister of defense in Britain’s World War II effort. His life and career became synonymous with Britain’s story and its survival.

 

 

ALBERT EINSTEIN passed the entrance exam to the Federal Polytechnic College in Zurich, Switzerland on his second attempt.

 

 

        THE RED BARON crashed on his first solo flight. Two weeks later he took the first test required for a pilot’s certificate and flunked. Determined, however, he continued training until he passed and was assigned to combat. Over the next 10 years, the World War II German flying ace downed 80 Allied planes in dogfights.

 

 

        ABRAHAM LINCOLN’s mother died when he was nine years of age. At 23, he invested in a small store. Three years later his business partner died, leaving him in debt for years to come. At 37, on his third try, he was finally elected to Congress. He ran again two years later but wasn’t re-elected. Two years later he was rejected for Land Officer. At 45, he ran for Senate and lost. Two years later, he lost the nomination for vice president. At 49, he ran for Senate again…and lost again. At 51 he was finally elected president of the United States, but with only 40 percent of the popular vote.

 

 

        THOMAS ALVA EDISON had no formal education; in fact, he quit grade school after three months when his teacher called him “addled.” It is said that a reporter asked Edison, who had experienced approximately 2,000 unsuccessful experiments on the incandescent light bulb, what it felt like to have failed so many times. It is reported that Edison said, “I never failed once. I simply found out 2,000 ways it didn’t work.”

 

 

        I don’t know where all these people stood spiritually, but they certainly demonstrated a biblical attitude of determination.

 

 

        Proverbs 24:16Proverbs 24:16
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

16 porque aunque siete veces caiga el justo, volverá a levantarse, pero los malvados caerán en el mal.h

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“For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.”

 

 

        My Brother’s and sister’s you’ve got to let Him. You’ve got to let go of the past. You cannot quit and wallow in past failures, God gives All Things New.

 

 

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