Renew Anew!

Isaiah 43:19-21 The Message (MSG)                                                                                                                                                      This is what God says, . . .                                                                                                                                                                      “Forget about what’s happened;                                                                                                                                                                  don’t keep going over old history.                                                                                                                                                            Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.                                                                                                                   It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?                                                                                                                                                       There it is! . . .                                                                                                                                                                                              for the people I chose,                                                                                                                                                                              the people I made especially for myself,                                                                                                                                                   a people custom-made to praise me.

Do you make resolutions for the New Year?  You know what i’m talking about–losing weight, getting into shape, reading more, achieving a job promotion, making more money, experiencing life more, etc.  I think my list looked the same year after year.  You can probably relate.  

I’d be on fire for the first few weeks–maybe even a month or two–and then I’d settle back into same behaviors of the previous year.  I found that failure to achieve resolutions actually demotivated me.  Consequently, I quit this nonsense in recent years.  

Now I use the New Year to take an honest appraisal of my spiritual status, and recommitting to Jesus as Lord of my life, serving as He directs me, and recognizing His kingship.  Will I also fail at this single objective?  Absolutely, as it takes only one sin.  The great news is that God forgives, forgets, and makes me brand-new!  He’ll do the same for you!  

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