Do you feel like you need a new start? A new beginning–a reboot–a do-over?
If so, today is your day, because God is a Renewer. New starts are what He DOES.
How do I know God will give you a new start?
Because God is a Renewer.
Let's stop right there and look at the word “renew.” When you add “re-” onto the beginning of a word, it means you are doing something again. Think of the words “redo,” “replenish,” “restore.” To “re-” something is to bring it back to its original intent.
When God made Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were perfect. They had not sinned, and they walked with the Lord in perfect companionship.
But then they made the choice to rebel against God. They sinned and fell away from relationship with their Father God, and humans have been sinning ever since.
But God! He is so amazing. His heart is to restore. His heart is to redeem. His heart is to fix what we have broken.
God is a “Re-God”… the one Who makes all things new. He loves to bring you back into His original intent for you.
Second Corinthians 5:17 says:
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
What does this mean to you if you need a new start?
1. It means God will give you the new start you need, in any area of life.
Right now, today.
Have you made mistakes in certain situations? Ask Him to make those situations new, and He will. Do you need a total reboot, a total do-over? Get alone with God and pour out your heart to Him. He will give you the do-over you need. You will feel completely new after you've poured it all out to God in prayer.
It's true that you may need to make some things right… with God and with people. But God will lead you through those situations. He'll give you the wisdom and the words to say. He'll give you the broken and contrite heart you need.
And if you'll seek Him, He'll keep on giving you the right words, the wisdom, and the right heart on an ongoing basis.
2. Have you messed up your life completely?
Ask God to give you a new life in Christ, and He will. It's never too late to give your heart to Jesus and receive forgiveness for all your sins. It's never too late to start again. It's never, never, ever too late to get things right with God and people and DO OVER.
3. Do you feel worn out and tired?
Isaiah 40:31 says:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Sit in God's presence and ask Him to renew your strength, and He will.
4. Do you feel hopeless?
Psalm 23 says that God will restore your soul (your mind, will and emotions), and Psalm 27:14 says that God will strengthen your heart.
God is a Renewer. How do I know? Because Revelation 21:5 says:
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”...”
That verse is in the present tense. God is making all things new, right now. He can't help Himself, because it's who He is. God is literally a Renewer, a Restorer. He is God Who Makes You New.
Isaiah 43:18-19 is one of my favorite passages in the whole Bible. I want to leave you with this verse in your heart today:
“Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.”
God is always ready to give you a new life, a new hope, a new heart, and a fresh outlook on life, if you will let Him. Do you need a new start? Get with God and ask Him for the new start you need. If you will, He will make all things new for you.
Does this message speak to your heart today? If so, please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you!
This is the fourth post in my series “Who Is God?” about the attributes and characteristics of God. You can also read the first three posts in the series: God the Eternal One, God the Holy One, and God Knows Everything About You and Loves You Like Crazy.
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