Ready For New Beginnings

An email advertisement had this heading: “You made it through another week.” Can’t we all resonate with that … making it through another week of coronavirus details, hurricane recovery, and screaming political headlines. Our friends to the West are dealing with wildfires. We can really be weary with just making it through another day, much less another week.

Weariness and discouragement can sap our spiritual life.

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 63:1, NLT

Even faithful King David experienced times of longing for closeness to God and renewal of his spiritual strength. Our text today exposes three reasons we are in a constant battle to regain our confidence and faith.

Reasons We Battle Weariness

Our Enemy Wears Us Down

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”  “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

Genesis 3:1-5

The enemy wears us down by opposing God’s truth, bringing doubt, and subtly twisting the truth. I feel sure that one of the most common questions God hears is “WHY?” I also feel sure that the Enemy attempts to answer that question in deceptive ways and it can wear us down spiritually if we listen to him.

Our Senses Mislead Us

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

Genesis 3:6-7

What Eve saw looked edible, tasty, and exciting. She was deceived just as we have all been deceived by our own thoughts and senses when the Enemy lies to us. Genesis 6:5 says, “The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.” We tend to veer toward the wrong when we trust in our own senses.

Our Denial Entangles Us

When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”  He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”

Genesis 3:8-15

The blame game – it’s someone else’s fault. We refuse to acknowledge our weakness, our rebellion, and the way we chase after our own desires rather than God’s truth. Refusal to take responsibility does not change the reality.

The Good News we all need to hear is that renewal is within reach because God is always at work. Our troubles can seem huge to us at the moment, but God sees beyond them – he is beyond them.

Isaiah 42:9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you. Let’s be encouraged today to see the ways that God brings newness into our lives every day.

God’s Daily Renewal in Our Lives

New Mercies.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24

What a joy it is that His mercies are new every morning – because we need the mercy of God every day! God prepared clothing for Adam and Eve – a great act of mercy even though they disappointed/disobeyed Him.  Whatever your yesterday was like – today you can experience the reality of His New Mercies all over again.

Jesus Gave Us New Life!

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Romans 6:4

Beyond the mistakes, troubles, and regrets of the past – God gives us a new life when we identify with Jesus Christ in baptism. Paul says it this way:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17

We are not the same people we were before we gave our life to Christ. We are not the same people we were when we first gave our lives to Christ – we continually are growing in our faith.

Galatians 6:15 …What counts is the new creation.

Peter says it this way: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. – 1 Peter 1:3

The power of the new birth is found in the resurrection – He can promise new life because He is a Risen Savior! Jesus gives us New LIfe!

The Promise of a New Future

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

2 Peter 3:13

Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.

Revelation 21:1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.

Revelation 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Conclusion

It is true that we can be weary, worn out, and lose our spiritual strength when we
listen to the enemy, rely on our own senses, or refuse to take responsibility for
our own actions.

But it is also true that God is always bringing renewal into our lives – he gives us the
strength we need to do more than just make it through another week – but to live
each day with hope and faith.

  • His New Mercies
  • His New Life
  • His New Everything

Have you experienced newness in your relationship with Him?

How many of us need to have a renewed appreciation for the newness he brings to His children?

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