by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Ready for 2018? Well, ready or not, it’s just around the corner.
In My Utmost For His Highest Oswald Chambers wrote that sometimes we allow the memory of yesterday’s sins and mistakes; what I’ll call our brokenness, to dampen our present enjoyment of God’s grace. Mr. Chambers states, God allows the memory of our mistakes for spiritual growth in our future, not to keep us chained to the past.
God’s wants us to learn from our failures and stop sinnnig. Satan, on the other hand, wants to use our mistakes and sins to make us feel unworthy of Jesus’ love.
Even though I know I have been forgiven through my Savior Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, I’m guilty of allowing the father of all lies, Satan, to beat me over the head with my brokenness and sin.
Do any of you have this problem, or is it just me?
Some of our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things. Just like water that flows downstream, there were lost opportunities that we’ll never get back. But when we let him, Jesus can take our brokenness and transform it.
If we truly consider what we’ve done, what we want to do, what worked, what didn’t, learn from our mistakes, and keep Jesus in the center of it all, we just might find 2018 is our best year, yet.
New year. New opportunities. Opportunities to put our past mistakes into Christ’s open hand, and allow him to take our brokenness and direct us in the way we should go.
May 2018 be your best year, yet.
Are you ready for a new year?
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The book of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him, (Jesus)and he opened it to the place where it says:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted and to announce that captives shall be released and the blind shall see, that the downtrodden shall be freed from their oppressors, and that God is ready to give blessings to all who come to him.”
He closed the book and handed it back to the attendant and sat down, while everyone in the synagogue gazed at him intently. Then he added, “These Scriptures came true today!”
All who were there spoke well of him and were amazed by the beautiful words that fell from his lips. “How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” Luke 4:17-22 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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