A Fresh Start
- Lamentations 3:22, 23 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness
Intro: These verses speak to me about a fresh start. Something about a fresh start appeals to a lot of people.
We appreciate fresh air. We love fresh water. We love fresh bread. We like to erase the chalkboard and start over sometimes. That is not always possible.
One day, all things will be made new.
- Revelation 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.
But until ALL THINGS will be made new, we can experience a fresh start in a lot of ways.
God may not change your circumstances, but he can change a lot of things
We do not have to live a stale, deteriorated, stagnant life.
But because of God’s compassions, and His mercies, we can have a fresh start.
We can have a fresh start in our marriage.
We can have a fresh start with our parenting.
We can have a fresh start as a child of God.
We can have a fresh start in our church.
We have the opportunity to have a fresh start in our ministry.
We can have a fresh start in our prayer life and in our walk with God.
I. A Fresh Spirit
- Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
It is important for God to do a work in our heart and in our spirit.
Before there can be a fresh start, we need God to give us a fresh spirit.
To the unbeliever, that means getting saved.
To the believer, that means getting forgiveness.
Part of a fresh attitude is accepting responsibility for the state of things.
If it is always everybody else that needs to change, you are missing it.
The change starts with us; in us, by God. He is the one that starts the renewal process.
II. A Fresh Strength
If you find yourself fainting and weary, then you need God. You can’t do it.
- 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
- 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
- 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
- 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
- Allowing God to give power – vs. 29
- Allowing God to increase strength – vs. 29
- Allowing God to renew your strength – vs. 31
- Allowing God to build stamina – 32
III. A Fresh Strategy
- 20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
- 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
- 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
- 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
- 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
A. Remember what you have been taught – vs. 20, 21
Remember what ye have heard of him.
Remember what you have been taught by him.
B. Reject what you used to be – vs. 22
- 1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened.
C. Receive what you should be – vs. 23, 24
- Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: