Hey everyone. I hope you’re all having a lovely day so far. It’s pretty gloomy here where I am, but hey, we have to make the most of each day somehow, right? I just wanted to share with you a few things that have been on my heart as of late.
Over the past few months, I’ve struggled. We all have, haven’t we? I mean, to say that life is perfect all of the time would be false, the Bible says that we will have tribulation, but take heart, He has overcome the world. Jesus knows that we will face difficulties, and our lives on earth will not always be rainbows and butterflies. That’s simply because we live in a fallen, sinful world. If life were perfect on earth, we wouldn’t be in need of a Saviour. The truth is, Jesus came to rescue each of us from this broken world so that we can enter into His Heavenly Kingdom. How amazing is that? Not only does He want to save us from our sins, but He wants to bring us to a place where life isn’t so the complicated-a place called Heaven.
When I first accepted Jesus into my heart, I didn’t realize how much of an impact He would make on my life. I knew that by accepting Him, I would become a new creature in Christ, but I didn’t know what a “new creature” entailed. Now that I have lived as a new creature in Christ, I can tell you first hand that there are so many areas of my old life which have “passed away” and through the grace and mercy of God, those areas have been redeemed and restored. For example, broken friendships and relationships.
Before I was a Christian, I used to associate with people who partied and drank on a regular basis. At the time, I thought it was “cool” to get involved with these people. I wanted to be recognized. But I soon came to realize that there wasn’t much of a meaningful relationship between me and these people, in fact, the only thing we had in common was our popularity status. As I became more familiar with the Bible, and what it says about drinking and partying, I no longer had the desire to associate myself with this crowd. Instead, I wanted to grow in my relationship with the Lord, who promises He will never leave me nor forsake me.
Accepting Christ as my Lord and Saviour have only brought true joy and blessing that could not be attained elsewhere. For instance, He’s given me so many new opportunities and placed so many wonderful people along my path that I would have never met if I didn’t accept Jesus into my heart, or said “yes” to God’s plan instead of my own. As much as I wanted to stay in my own little bubble called “my comfort zone”, the Lord awakened me to new things, new places, new friends, a new way of life. He wants to make us new!
Don’t ever underestimate what the Lord can do in Your life. With Him, all things are possible. He wants to do things for us, and through us in order for us to recognize how weak we are and in need of Him. He get’s the glory for all of my successes. He still get’s the glory for all of my failures. He turns my failures into something I would never have thought would be useful, but He somehow uses them for good.
When you first accepted Christ into your heart, what “old things” have passed away and what new things have been happening?