A Brand New Day!


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Psalm 103:12 (BBE)
12  As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our sins from us.

Philippians 3:13-14 (AMP)
13  I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
14  I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.

Tradition has it that many on New Year’s day make resolutions, plans and goals that they have for the upcoming year. By making resolutions we admit that in the past we have not lived up to our expectations and desire to make a change for the upcoming year. We reflect on what we wanted to do the past year, and make a promise to ourselves and others that we will attempt to do better this coming year. Many make a resolution to diet or exercise, some may plan on being a better parent or spouse, some may plan to make a career change or seek higher education, some may wish to make major lifestyle changes or relocate to another place, whatever the goal, resolutions by nature, indicate that we are not 100% satisfied with were we are in life.

Paul made this sentiment clear when writing to the Philippians in chapter three. He was resolved to learn more about Christ and to become more like him even to the point of sharing in the sufferings of Christ being conformed to Christ even in death. Paul, although he was accomplished in society did not regard his social standing as anything to boast about but rather tossed that aside as garbage when he came to Christ. He valued a relationship with Christ to be of more value then any earthly gain or status. Paul wanted to be associated with Christ to such a degree that he would actually suffer and die like Christ because of his faith in Christ.

Paul’s resolution stands in stark contrast to today’s resolutions because the focus of Paul was on the here-after and not the here-and-now. Paul chose to aim for and attempt to imitate one who was greater than he. He wanted to be like Christ. Paul admitted that he had fallen far short of his lofty goals repeatedly, and yet he held onto the hope that there was going to be a new day, another opportunity to try again to reach his goal. He had set his heart on which way he wanted to go, and although he had been knocked off course numerous times, he brushed off the failures and continued onward and upward.

One of the greatest gifts of Christ is the gift of forgiveness, Jesus came to erase our pasts and give us a new future, a new hope, another chance to do better. Although many observe a new beginning once a year, Christ gives us a brand new start every morning. His faithfulness is renewed each day, his forgiveness wipes out our failures of the past and we are given a clean slate to try yet again. He erases our mistakes and casts them into the sea of forgetfulness and does not hold them up to us as a constant reminder nor torment us with all our weaknesses and shortcomings. Jesus loves us enough to wipe away all our failures giving us a new start each and every day.

So then why not take today and thank God for giving you another opportunity to get it right and then, like Paul, take aim at the higher calling and press toward the goal of being more like Christ today. Take it one day at a time and do not fret if you come up short because the Lord has a new day in store for you as the morning sun rises.

Psalm 118:24 (GW)
24  This is the day the LORD has made. Let’s rejoice and be glad today!

Happy new day!

The Original Promise Keeper


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When we talk about promises most of us probably dismiss them since we really do not expect most people to actually keep their word. However God always has and always will keep His word that is something you can put your trust in.

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“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay.” (NIV 2 Corinthians 5.17-18 Grand Rapids: Zondervan. 1984)

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uspsThe USPS has a motto well not really a motto- but more or less it has been attributed to that branch of the federal government that nothing was going to hinder the postal worker from delivering his assigned duties. It is comforting to know that our mail system will get our mail to us in a timely manner and when we expect to receive it. Many other support industries have developed over the years to meet the customer’s need for guaranteed on time delivery. UPS and FEDEX just to name the two most prominent in our society.

In my part of the world there is a company called G.O.D. which stands for ’Guaranteed Overnight Delivery’. What an acronym- to call yourself god. The implication being, that like God, they can be counted on to be on time. Some may choose to argue the on-timeliness of God in some circumstances. Let us take a look at one in particular.

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” 4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. 7 Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” John 11:1-11 (NKJV)

Lazarus lie dead in the grave. Word was sent to Jesus that Lazarus was sick. He delayed his coming until Lazarus was already laying in the grave for four days. Mary said to Him, well it is nice that you are here, but it is too late. We wanted you here days ago. Where were you? Well that is not exactly what she said but I am taking literary license here to emphasize a point. From Mary’s perspective Jesus was late. He did not show up immediately when called upon. God did not send his answer overnight.

I do not know about you but I have spent hours sitting around waiting for certain deliveries in my lifetime. We can probably all relate to the lateness of the cable installer. They promise morning delivery which stretches into the early afternoon, sometimes even later. The time waiting seems intense, especially when you are going through a dramatic experience like Mary was with Lazarus. This was a hard time for the ladies to deal with so they called upon Jesus, expecting him to show up overnight, or even better, immediately.

Best BuyThe internet has spawned a whole new shopping experience with many items able to be delivered almost instantaneously. Best Buy and Circuit City in addition to WalMart have implemented order online for in-store pick up in as little as twenty minutes. Some items like music and digital files can be downloaded immediately upon purchase. Even the movie industry is getting in the practice of making full length movies available online for immediate viewing. Perhaps you are familiar with Pay Per View, when you pick a show and a time and instantaneously you are given access to your purchase.

In our hurry up world and what seems like a shrinking patience for waiting, perhaps we can feel like Mary and Martha did on that fateful day when Lazarus lie sick.

In our above illustration with Lazarus however, Jesus did wait. Four whole days he delayed his coming, but when he got there he was right on time. No matter what we may be going through, we are instructed to persevere, because if we hang onto God, he will show up and when he does all will be well. It is when we are in a hurry and not willing to wait on God that we find ourselves in that place where disbelief can arise. If we truly believe he is the son of the living God then we should also know that nothing in life or the next world to come can separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus. That is a promise delivered.

Have faith in God and wait upon His timing, for no matter when He chooses to show up, He will be right on time. Guaranteed on-time delivery. That is just like GOD.

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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