Theme of the Week: All Things New: New Beginnings
Bible Verse: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9, ESV
Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:13, Joshua 1:5
Throughout the week, we’ve talked about new beginnings, which is fitting as we begin a new year. We all encounter new beginnings throughout our life. Some are simply the patterns of life such as educational steps, marriage or having children. Others can be the result of difficult circumstances such as job loss, divorce, or the loss of a loved one. Whatever it is that propelled us into a new start, we have to trust God through it all and believe that he is in control and sees the big picture.
The most important new beginning anyone can experience is the day we become new creations in Christ Jesus when we surrender our lives to him. As Christians, we should desire this for everyone we know. We have been given the great commission to “go and make disciples.” As we leave 2020 behind, there are many people searching for answers, and the true answer is Jesus.
New beginnings can often require taking risks and will cause fear and a sense of uncertainty. Guaranteed, new beginnings will pull you out of your comfort zone. No one moves forward while playing it safe in their comfort zone, and it’s virtually impossible to move forward if you don’t let go of the past. Everyone God used in the Bible was flawed and unqualified, but they all were willing to go where he asked them to go.
So whatever new beginning you’re facing today, trust God and be willing to leave your comfort zone. Don’t discount small beginnings as God specializes in taking the faith of a mustard seed and transforming it into outcomes we could never imagine. Let him stretch you and do it in his strength, not yours. You’ll be amazed at where your new beginnings will take you.
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