Monday, May 13, 2013

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"Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. " - Rev. 21:5-6


We often get into ruts that seem incredibly difficult to pull out of. It's days of same old-same old, and nights of tossing and turning, wishing for something better, something to be happy about, something to lift our joy out of the ashes. To that God reminds us "Behold, I make all things new." All new things begin with Him - not with us. HE makes all things new.

Back when I was in school we wrote our reports on paper instead of having them print out of a computer. Sometimes I'd invest hours in a page only to mess it up at the bottom - in INK. When you mess up, you don't try to repair the page, but you start over. You might can use what you have to make something new, but you throw the old flawed page away, and start a new one. Sometimes we need to take a cold hard look at our lives, keep what we can salvage, and crumple up and toss away the stuff that's messed up, and let God make it new.

He is a God of new beginnings, the Restorer of what satan has stolen from us, whether it's years, relationships, or broken hearts. He makes ALL THINGS new, but asking Him to do it alone without being willing to crumple up the old, won't work. To receive something new, you have to be willing to let go of the past. You have to fully let go of ownership of your failures and forgive yourself. Sometimes you also have to let go of broken dreams. Let go! Toss it away! Let Him begin a new work.

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