“I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame… Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Fear the Lord, you His Holy people, for those who fear Him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalm 34: 4-5, 8-10
I love new, untouched, fallen snow on the ground and how it covers past old, dirty footprints. It reminds me of God’s amazing grace and how it covers all of our deepest, darkest sins – past, present and future. It is so liberating to know that Jesus is the redeemer of all things, and as we come to the Lord, we can be confident that He sees us as His holy, righteous and beloved children, and that our identity comes from Him. Our past sins do not define us, nor do they have any power over us. With shame, fear and sin having been defeated on the cross, we are made new in Christ! We can begin afresh every day.
As we head into another year, we often think about things we want to accomplish, as well as things we may want to change about ourselves, whether it is our attitude, our life style, our morals or our values. What has God been convicting you to change in your life? Does He want you to give up something that may be in the way of your having a closer relationship with Him? Or does God want you to be bold and pursue something that He’s put on your heart? Whatever convictions God may be communicating to you, know that He is good, and as you continue to seek Him, He will provide you with everything that you need.
Jesus, thank You that You love us so deeply and that You extend limitless grace to us. Thank You that in You, we can be freed from our past sins and be made new again. God, You are so good and faithful! We ask that You continue to reveal more and more of Yourself to us as we earnestly seek You out, and we ask that You give us strength and courage to obey Your will as You convict us of the things that You want us to change in our lives this year. Jesus, in Your Name we pray, amen.
Go on a prayer walk and meditate on the Word: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). Spend some time with God and ask Him to show you the things that are preventing you from receiving the fullness of His love, mercy and grace. Make a list of those things and prayerfully ask God to help you to let go and submit all those things to Him. Then ask God how He truly sees you and meditate on those things. Allow your new identity in Christ to soak in to the very depths of your soul!
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