BE­GIN­NING AGAIN

Activated - - NEWS - By Vir­ginia Brandt Berg

I’m glad to say there is such a place as The Land of Be­gin­ning Again, and you can find it, no mat­ter who you are or what your past has been. You’ll find that place in these verses from the Bi­ble:

“God is light, and there is no dark­ness in him at all. … if we are liv­ing in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fel­low­ship with each other, and the blood of Je­sus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we con­fess our sins to him”—here is that place where you can drop the shabby old coat of your past life— “he is faith­ful and just to for­give us

our sins and to cleanse us from all wicked­ness.”

1 That pas­sage, like so many oth­ers in the Bi­ble, con­tains a won­der­ful prom­ise from your heav­enly Fa­ther to you, His child whom He dearly loves. God has given you “very great and pre­cious prom­ises, so that through them you may par­tic­i­pate in the di­vine na­ture.”

2 God will back His prom­ises with all of His power and abil­ity, but there are con­di­tions at­tached to these prom­ises—con­di­tions that you must meet. God sets His own terms, but how blessed you be­come when you meet God’s terms! When you sub­mit to His con­di­tions, the wealth of His bless­ings and riches come tum­bling down on you. These are the keys that un­lock the trea­sure vaults of Heaven: know­ing and meet­ing the con­di­tions at­tached to each prom­ise.

God not only wills, but longs for you to have your ev­ery need supplied and the deep­est de­sires of your heart ful­filled. King David wrote in the Psalms, “De­light your­self also in the Lord, and He shall give you the de­sires of your heart.” But note the

3 con­di­tion: “De­light your­self in the Lord.” God will give you the de­sires of your heart—He said so and it is so—but the terms must be met. First you de­light your­self in Him by lov­ing Him first and fore­most and do­ing your best to please Him, and then He grants your de­sires.

God’s terms aren’t hard. Je­sus said, “Come to Me, all you who la­bor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gen­tle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My bur­den is light.”

4 So many won­der­ful things are promised in the Bi­ble—for­give­ness of sin, joy, peace, eter­nal life—that I couldn’t be­gin to list them all! Those prom­ises are there for you and could change your life com­pletely. But you must meet the con­di­tions, and the first con­di­tion is that you come to God and humbly con­fess that you need His help and for­give­ness. He

5 can and will for­give any­thing, but only if you ask Him to.

God’s Word says, “He who cov­ers his sins will not pros­per, but who­ever con­fesses and for­sakes them will have mercy.” Don’t be like Emmy

6 the house­keeper who, when the woman she worked for asked her, “Emmy, did you sweep un­der the rug?” an­swered, “Yes, ma’am, I sweep ev­ery­thing un­der the rug!”

Things swept un­der the rug have a way of com­ing back to haunt us. It doesn’t pay to pre­tend all is well when it’s not, but if you will humbly ac­cept God’s terms for for­give­ness, you’ve got it! As soon as you con­fess you are a sin­ner and turn to Je­sus Christ, the Sav­ior, for help, He will come into your life and give you change and free­dom like you’ve never known! “Since [God] did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us ev­ery­thing else?” 7— in­clud­ing a new be­gin­ning!

If you haven’t yet ex­pe­ri­enced God’s love and for­give­ness, you can right now by sin­cerely pray­ing a sim­ple prayer like the fol­low­ing: Thank You, Je­sus, for pay­ing the price for my mis­takes and wrongs, so I can be for­given and put my past be­hind me. Thank You that You cleanse me from all sin by faith. I ask You now, dear Je­sus, to please come into my heart, for­give me, and give me Your gift of eter­nal life. Amen.

1. 1 John 1:5,7,9 NLT 2. 2 Peter 1:4 NIV 3. Psalm 37:4 4. Matthew 11:28–30 5. 1 John 1:9 6. Proverbs 28:13 7. Ro­mans 8:32 NLT

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