LENT: Ready for a New Beginning?

It can be excruciatingly difficult to walk through the doorway of a new season in life. How do we effectively live amid a new beginning that we didn’t expect, or even want? What can we do to give God glory when our circumstances are not only new but also extremely painful? Anytime we let go of something old, there is discomfort, even pain. Anytime we lose something or someone of great importance we experience a great sense of loss, even hopelessness. Yet it’s comforting to remember that the seemingly greatest loss of all, Jesus’ death, resulted in the best new beginning ever — a resurrected Christ.

I believe God has a new beginning for your life today. I believe He is ready to give you a fresh start. The Lord is saying, “Your faith is about to be renewed. Even though you have struggled with some issues for years, I can make you whole in a mere moment!”    

The woman with the issue of blood said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” In the same way, you need to declare your breakthrough even before you see it come to pass. It’s time to boldly say to yourself, “I am free! I am blessed! God is releasing His favour in my life!”

When you activate your faith in this way, a bright new future can be closer than you think.

His new beginning and new life allow us to live our lives to the fullest, regardless of what we’ve lost or let go of. For in Christ, we are never alone. We are always loved. We can always expect the best from God. He sees far beyond our pain and suffering and has a way of making every new beginning beneficial to us and those around us — if we let him. Through this process, we’re able to thrive and even discover peace and joy amidst the letting go.

Remember — no matter what our present circumstances may look like, no matter how difficult letting go might be —, with God, we win in the end. It may appear that we are losing, but ultimately, goodness and glory can grow amid a new beginning. We must keep our eyes focused on our Leader, and remember to keep putting one foot in front of the other until we cross the finish line.

This is much like “don’t give up.” New beginnings can be scary and we can find ourselves paralyzed, afraid to take another step. We don’t need to continue by our power. Our limited human power won’t be enough, but with God, all things are possible. Allow him to lead, as you lean on him.     

Prayer for the Week

  1. Lord, help me to forget the past, forget the mistakes and focus on what you are doing in my life.
  2. I seek your wise counsel and ask for your abundant wisdom and knowledge to guide my new path.
  3. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for this new beginning

 

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