Handling Life's Ups and Downs
If you need to start a new life if the gospel has anything to say to you, if it has any kind of message the gospel says, "You can change. You can start a new life."
There is a misconception going around that says, "You cannot change, that you can't be different but the good news is your life can be different and you can change."
Friend, take the example of Saul of Tarsus he was living in the bondage of a religion that left him as dry as dust but then the message given to Saul was you can be different and he became Paul the Apostle.
Take the example of raw bone Simon Peter, the one that deny the Lord, well the message was you can be different and he became the great Apostle Peter.
The woman at the well, the message was you can change and she became an evangelist and brought the whole city to God.
That's the message he gave to a woman caught in the very act of adultery, I do not condemn thee go and sin no more and you can change.
I have been in the ministry for 32 years and I have seen alcoholics, drug addicts, prostitutes changed. We can be different it is never too late, you are never to far away.
I don't care how deep in sin you may be. God grace is sufficient and the message for a New Year is you can change. You can have a new life; a different kind of life can be yours.
In I Corinthians 5:17 Paul says, "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things pass away, all things become new.
I want you to listen to a few words from a song by U2.
I hope you caught that. Bono the lead singer of U2 is singing the words, "I have climbed the highest mountains. I have run through the fields. I run, I have crawled, I have scaled city walls. But I still haven't found what I'm looking for."
I think that song more than almost any other, describes our culture today. How many people are searching, running, scaling, looking for something but not finding it?
I still ha ...
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