New Beginnings

Dave Jones

"See I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."  Isaiah 43:19

We recently celebrated Easter, which signifies a new beginning in a number of ways for Christians.  We are preparing for a new church fiscal year with a new budget, new leaders, ongoing ministry opportunities and continued transition of leadership roles.  All of these "new beginnings" prompt me to ponder what God has in store for us and if we will be prepared to respond in a way that will please God.  As I consider these thoughts, I recalled last month's devotion to "do good works" and I know that it remains a good principle to keep in mind.

Additionally, I know that being faithful to Bible study, prayer, fellowship and worship will prepare us to be discerning in our thoughts and actions as we witness God carrying out His will in our lives and in His church.  God wants us to know His will, and we will be better prepared to recognize it if we concentrate on trust, obedience, and our personal relationship with Him.  (John 15:4).

Moreover, Hebrews 12:1 says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

As we recall what God has already done in our lives, what He has done in the lives of those around us, and what He has done in His church, it is reassuring to know that God holds our future.  And remembering His faithfulness, we resolve to remain faithful to our Christian way of life and eagerly prepare ourselves to be used by Him in the days ahead.

 "Every Moment of Every Day"

Only to be what He wants me to be, every moment of every day

Yielded completely to Jesus alone, every step of this pilgrim way

Just to be clay in the Potter's hands, ready to do what His Word commands

Only to be what He wants me to be, every moment of every day


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