We have all experienced the need for “starting over”. It can be a painful prospect, but in many cases, a reset is the only solution.
Setting a new course can be just the thing necessary to set us free from heartache, guilt, doubt, addiction, unfruitfulness; or in the case of spiritual warfare, a total rebirth:
“7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again’. 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear the sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” ~ John 3:7-8 (NIV)
God chose a flood to wipe out the wickedness that man had caused on the earth (Genesis 6). Rather than destroy man completely, God provided a way of escape for Noah and his family by calling upon Noah to build an ark. Through faith, Noah was allowed a means of starting over – a reset, if you will. The victorious reset in history over mankind’s separation from God is the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after His crucifixion. Praise God, we serve a Living Christ! Another major reset for mankind will take place in the future when our Messiah returns and sets up His kingdom on earth – the Millennial Age. These examples of God’s resets show that God’s love for us is not to be defeated. He has not given up on us, but His plan requires starting over.
I chose this feature photo because the rainbow reminds me of God’s faithful promise to never again consume the earth with a flood. He placed the rainbow in the skies as evidence of His promise. After the rains, the flooding will pass.
Starting over is like that for me. The world consumed me like a flood, but the flooding has passed. God’s magnificent rainbow of promise lies before me, and I rejoice in starting over in Him.
“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” ~ James 4:8a (ESV)
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” ~ Galations 6:9 (KJV)
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 you a way out so that you can endure it.” ~ I Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
Great is the Lord, and Greatly to be Praised!
God bless you.
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