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Embracing New Beginnings: God of Fresh Starts

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.


Today I feel led to speak about a fantastic promise from Scripture that is filled with hope and optimism. The promise is of fresh starts, of new beginnings, from our Lord and God.


Isn’t it wonderful to know that our God is a God of fresh starts? There is no life too broken, no heart too wounded, no relationship too damaged that our God cannot heal and restore. It does not matter how dark yesterday was or the yesterdays of last week, last month, or last year. Today is a new day, a fresh canvas on which God wants to paint His story of redemption and love.


Consider Isaiah 43:19, where the Lord declares, "Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." The wilderness and the desert symbolise life’s trials and tribulations, the dry spells of faith, the barren areas of our lives. Our God assures us that He can and will create a way, even in these tough terrains. If we stay firm in our faith and put our trust in Him, He will lead us to fresh pastures, fresh hope, and a fresh start.


In the Bible, we see numerous examples of individuals who received a fresh start from God. Look at Peter - a simple fisherman, who denied Jesus three times. Yet, God gave him a fresh start, made him a fisher of men, and the cornerstone of His church. Or, consider Paul - once a persecutor of Christians, but with God's grace, he had a new beginning and became one of Christianity's most devoted apostles. Their stories echo the resounding promise - our past does not define our future in God's eyes.


Beloved, we often chain ourselves to the past - past mistakes, past hurts, past failures - and allow them to dictate our present and future. But remember, once we confess our sins and faults, God offers His grace and mercy, wipes our slate clean, and gives us a fresh start.


Lamentations 3:22-23 affirms this truth, "The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." Each morning when we wake up, we are offered a fresh start from our Heavenly Father. His mercies are not the leftovers of yesterday, but they are new, fresh, and abundant each day.


Therefore, brethren, let us strive to live in the present, the new day that God has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24). Let us cast off the shroud of the past and put on the new self, 'created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness' (Ephesians 4:24).


Our God is in the business of making all things new. He transforms the ashes of our lives into beauty, the mourning into joy, the despair into hope. Wherever you are in life right now, whatever you have gone through, remember, God offers you a fresh start, a new beginning. So today, embrace this opportunity, this gift of a new start, and step into the glorious plan that God has for you.


Let us pray that of King David: "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me" (Psalm 51:10). And as we pray, let us have faith and be assured that our God, the God of fresh starts, will answer us. May God's grace accompany you as you step into your new beginnings and fresh starts, filled with optimism and hope. In Jesus' name, Amen.