Good morning! I hope you all are having a great week. We are two days away from Christmas break!! One more wake up and we are done. We got this!
Today’s Throwback Thursday is a post from April of this year. I hope it encourages you this morning!
Let Go of the Old and Receive the New
I am struggling to find the words, y’all. The last two mornings have been a bit of a challenge and I haven’t had time to sit and really dig into God’s Word. I don’t like writing just to write so I took the day off. But I wanted to share something that I’ve thought a lot about the last two days.
On Sunday, we listened to Steven Furtick’s message about letting go and I’ve been thinking a lot about it. He said,
“Certain changes are not embraced, they must be forced.”
Our natural reaction when something is being taken away from us is to fight to keep it. Or when change comes, we don’t welcome it and instead wish for things to go back to the way they were. I know I’ve had times in my life where I made myself miserable trying to resist change. You probably have too. But won’t you agree that on the other side of change, when we finally surrender, we are better for it?
Many of us are frustrated and ready to go back to our “normal lives.” But what if God has something so much better for us than our “old normal lives?” What if we are so stuck on our past that we can’t see what God is trying to do for our future?
I used to struggle with my past. I allowed my failures and mistakes to keep me from walking in the freedom that Jesus gave me when I chose to follow Him. I allowed my past to keep me from truly experiencing His mercy, His grace and His love.
But I think we can all do that. We can be so hard on ourselves and live life offering all the grace and forgiveness to everyone else, but when it comes to us, we crucify ourselves for the mistakes we made.
But 2 Corinthians 5:17 says,
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
We are a new creation! We can’t receive the new if we keep holding on to the old. Read that again.
WE CAN’T RECEIVE THE NEW IF WE KEEP HOLDING ON TO THE OLD.
God wants to set you free today, but you have to do your part and let go. Let go of the hurts, the past mistakes, anger, resentment, bitterness, defeat, worry and anything that is keeping you from walking in the freedom that Jesus has given you.
You may be reading this and have never experienced this freedom. Maybe you’ve never given your life to Christ. If this is you, I would love the opportunity to share Jesus with you. God sent Him to take our place. He took our sin and all of our brokenness and He died on a cross so that we may have eternal life. Life forever with Him. You can experience this freedom by simply acknowledging your brokenness and admitting that you are a sinner. Your sin has separated you from Christ and you are in need of a Savior. And that Savior is Jesus Christ. He stands with open arms ready to fully accept you just as you are. He loves you so very much. If you want to experience that freedom and choose Jesus today simply pray the following prayer,
Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner in need of forgiveness. I know that you are the son of God sent to die on the cross to save me from my sins. Lord Jesus, I choose you today and everyday. Forgive me of my sins and save me today.
If you prayed this today, please let me know. I would love to pray for you. You’ve made the best decision you could ever make.