Sunday, June 12, 2011

No Shame In Starting Over

My friends, greetings, in the name of the Lord! I pray everything is well with you and your families.
Thanks to Facebook, I have been reconnecting with high school classmates, neighborhood friends, and meeting new friends. Some are not surprised by my passion for ministry, while others are quite surprised that I am following the Lord! You see, I have not always been on the road to life. I thank God for my new beginning, for my new starting over in life!

You remember a TV show called, "Starting Over"? It is an American reality TV show that followed the lives of women who were experiencing difficulty in their lives and wanted to make changes, with the help of life coaches. Six women at a time worked to overcome obstacles and worked to meet personal goals. When it was determined that a woman had met all her goals, she "graduated" from the house and was then replaced by a new roommate. On the other hand, if it was determined that she had not met her goals, she could be put on probation, or even asked to leave. ( My friends, God gives us a fresh start each and every day when He wakes us up. God promises us that if we obey His commandments we will be rewarded in Heaven. The great Psalmist, King David, reassures us in Psalm 145:14 that "the Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down." (KJV)

To get a fresh start in life, we do not need to hire any life coaches, we do not need to go on any reality tv show; we only need God in our lives. In these bad economic times, everything God wants to give us and do for us is FREE! God promises us success, long life, peace, happiness and joy when we obey His commandments. I am a "Start Over" woman. Thanks be to God, I am redeemed, and God gave me a fresh, new beginning to start over. I got that start over when I accepted the Lord as my personal Savior. I confessed my sins and I was forgiven. I asked the Lord to create in me a clean heart and to renew my spirit.

Starting over is the best decision you can make in these last of times. When God gives us a fresh start, a starting over, and we strive for obedience to His will, we enjoy God's grace and mercy and favor! When we start over and strive for obedience to God, Romans 5:1-5 tells us, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." (KJV).

Friends, have you been thinking about your new beginning? Have you been thinking it is time for a fresh start? Today is the day. Make that decision. There are three easy steps in starting over:
1)ADMIT that you are a sinner. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
2)BELIEVE that God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, on this earth. Jesus was crucified, He died and was buried. But on the third day, He arose from the grave. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
3)CONFESS your sins and ask God to come into your heart. "For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

My friends, three easy and simple steps, no life coach is required to take these steps. Do it today, do it now because tomorrow is not promised. I pray today for God's mercy on us; I pray that we may walk in the path of the Lord. I pray that you will be courageous and get your new beginning.

God bless,
Therese from Belize

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