Philippians 3: 13-14:  Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

            At some point in our lives, we all need a fresh start.  Maybe it’s after we’ve gone through a divorce, given up on a relationship, left a dead-end job, or even served time in prison for a crime we committed.  The best place to find that fresh start is in God.

            When you are starting fresh you have to let go of “what was.”  That’s the thief of success in your fresh start. It’s like driving down the highway using only the rear-view mirror.  Not good.  You have to keep your eye on the prize.  The high calling God has for YOUR life.  Something designed with you and you alone in mind.

            We find that special something, that assignment, that blessing, by not looking behind us, but looking ahead.  If your hands are clutched into fists, hanging onto the “old” you will be unable to grab onto the “new” when it comes to you.

            We are living in the last days.  Don’t be afraid, it’s a good thing.  It means God has planned something for you to do now that others can’t.  It means He trusts you with a special call at this time, in this place. As Esther was told, who knows but you’ve come to the kingdom for such a time of this. 

            What you’ve had in the past may have been wonderful, but now God says it’s time for a new thing in your life. So, don’t look back, look forward.

            Living in God is not a static situation.  Acts 17: 28, tells us that it’s in Him we live and move and have our being.  We are not to stand still.  We are to keep moving.  Moving forward.

            We look at what’s happening around us and in our own lives and we get apprehensive.  We wonder what will happen, will we be okay, is God really in this?  Many times, my husband and I have watched a movie he’d already seen and it got to a part that was dangerous or threatening.  I’d grab his knee and squeeze, asking, “Is she going to die?”  Who’s in that dark room?” My husband would be watching calmly and hold my hand.  Why?  He already knew the ending.  We have to trust God with what we can’t see.  He knows the ending and He has a plan for us, a plan to prosper us and not harm us, a plan to give us a hope and a future.  (Jeremiah 29:11).

            So, if you need a fresh start, quit looking at what was, and don’t waste time thinking about what might have been.  Don’t sit still and wait, instead keep moving forward.  Get closer to God.  Trust God, He has a plan already in place for you and your fresh start.  It’s going to be exciting.  So, remember this, “Don’t look back, you aren’t going that way!”  Until next time.

You may contact Paula at 304-677-9220.



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