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Fresh Starts


Happy New Year! Welcome to 2022 and I pray you will find it to be a wonderful year. The new year brings a fresh start that many want and need. It’s a clean slate and a chance to start over and that made me think of some fresh starts in Scripture.

You can’t think fresh start without thinking of the ultimate start;

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭

Of course, God would declare this new world ‘good.’ It was a perfect start with two perfect people- until their fresh slate got severely tarnished. Suddenly, what had been perfect began to deteriorate. No longer the fresh place to be, God put in place His already prepared plan that would give us another fresh start.

Jesus would come and He would declare the old finished;

“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” John‬ ‭19:30‬

In that moment, He provided forgiveness from sin and gave all who trust Him a fresh start;

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬

The ultimate ‘out with the old and in with the new’ this epic fresh start is a gift of grace and one I’m glad we have, but it is not the last fresh start…

For those who are in Christ we have one final fresh start- one I long for more and more! It is the fresh start that comes when this tarnished world will pass away and a new home- a new fresh place will become our home;

“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Revelation‬ ‭21:2‬

Oh, what a fresh start that will be! As we begin the fresh start of 2022 I must ask- did you gain your fresh start in Christ? If not let’s talk! God is all about fresh starts and today the best fresh start you can have is having a clean slate from sin and it’s eternal consequence.

May your fresh start of 2022 be grand, but give praise and thanks to the God who provides the fresh start from sin and the fresh start to come that will be the greatest celebration ever.

Prayer focus: for many this year to come to know Christ and the fresh start He offers.

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