Monday, January 17, 2011

Starting Over Again

The words "Starting Over Again" can be used in countless situations. Some good - some not so good - some divinely amazing. As a "crafter", i love starting over again on a brand new project. When i get prepared to write my blog, i do it the old fashioned way by starting over again (and sometimes again & again) with a clean sheet of paper. There are times when starting over again is because of a failure of some type. ( I can't help but think of New Year's resolutions that have probably already been broken this year.)

But did you know that almost every Saint of God, in the Bible came to a low point in their life & even spiritual failure? As Christians, none of us are immune to this.

Maybe you have served the Lord with gladness & led a faithful life for years, but now find yourself in a dark place that seems like a bottomless pit. David did. David's sins were premeditated, calculated & merciless. David was guilty of murder & adultery, both punishable by death. But those who sincerely repented of their sin & renewed their trust in God, looking to him for forgiveness, often found the law set aside & were able to start over again.

Create me a pure heart, O God
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me."
Psalm 51:10-12(NIV)

You may be a Christian who has lived years without a major failure in your life. It's good to be confident in the Lord. That's what faith is all about. But as a warning, "So if you think your are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!" I Corinthians 10:12(NIV) The important thing to remember, if a fall or failure does happen, God is always there to see you through it.

Personally, the best time for starting over again, is every day.

"Repent then, & turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, 
& that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." 
Acts 3:19(NIV)

"If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them."
John 13:17(ESV)

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