"This is the End of the World as We know it"
How do we start over?
How do we start something new?
There are so many
things we can do to start our new year out on the right foot. But I only have
time to talk about one of them.
A healthy tomorrow always begins with today’s repentance
Some of us try to continue forward with a new year knowing that there is
sin in or lives that needs to be dealt with
Instead of dealing with it, we try to burry it, and in effect build upon
a rotten foundation
If we are going to build a strong life for the future, we have to start
by ripping out the garbage from the past.
In Luke 15:11-22, we see the story of The Prodigal Son
In this story the son has messed up his life pretty bad
He wants badly to return to his father and start over
He could keep living his life in the pig slop but that would not make much
Many of us have
buried ourselves in the slop of sin and we are looking for a way to start over again.
Be like the prodigal son. Return to the Father
Our sins were already forgiven on The Cross
o All we have to do is return to Him
§ Yeah, you will be still wearing the pig slop but he’ll still take
It is important
to talk about the fact that New beginnings with God comes at a price
§ In order to return to Him we must turn from our sins.
· (Turning from our sins is true repentance…we have to leave our sinful life behind
just as the prodigal son did)
We can’t move forward while sin is still clinging to our legs.
When we are willing
to do this,
The Father will not hold your past against you (just as in the prodigal
o He was happy to receive his son back
§ God does not hold our past against us…He is happy to receive us
He wipes our sins
away- He gives us a clean slate and puts us back on our feet again!
1 John 1:9.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful
and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him as far
as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
Repentance wipes the slate clean in God’s books but it does not always clean all the messes out
of our lives
Sometimes we still have to suffer the punishments of our sinful behavior
o Don’t get mad at God because your life is a mess…you messed it up.
o On the other hand, ask God to help you work through the mess,
§ …to be by your side in the midst of the mess.
o Rarely does God take away the mess.
§ He forgives us as if it never happened but we must still walk away from
the mess. We can walk away from it, clean it up knowing that God wants to help
keep us out of stuff like this in the future.
Many people don’t quit the mess because they think they will just
God helps us when we walk with Him.
1 Corinthians 10:11-13
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the
fulfillment of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! No temptation has
seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But
when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
Three things to help you keep from making the same mistakes again and again
1. Learn from the past
The Bible is given
to us as an example of how to live and how not to live. It is full of examples
of people making wrong choices and the consequences of their choices
2. Stand firm
Give it your all. Put forth your best effort.
No matter how bad
it seems, it’s nothing! You are not the only one who has ever struggled
with what you are struggling with
You do not have
the world’s worst sin that is impossible to overcome!
3. Let God Help
God promises to provide a way out.
Either He’ll take it away or He’ll show us a way out.
Either way, the struggle will be removed from us when we do our part he
helps with the rest
with God all things are possible.
Philippians 4:13. I can do everything
through him who gives me strength.
- Strength to stand
- Strength to overcome
and walk with Him and He’ll help you get out of the mess your in
The rest of your
life begins today
Take the extra time
before you begin any new projects this year to set things straight
We have to stop
making it worse and make the past right before we move into the future
Start your new year
with a time of confession and a decision to turn from sin.
This is a regular
part of the Christian life. This should be a New Day’s resolution.
Choose today to
get right with God and start over.