Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 30, 2014 … Starting Over

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 273

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to hear a poignant poem, written and recited by Woodrow Kroll, Start Over, which documents the choice all Christians have given God’s sanctifying grace and His resurrection power when things are not going God’s way … we can START OVER.

Highlight Passage: Luke 5: 31-32 [NKJV} … And to this truth - HALLELUJAH!!! …
  31 Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” 
Highlight Context - NKJV: Luke 5: 17-32 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK  Jesus IS “a fresh start” …

Reference Passage #1: Luke 9: 23 [NKJV} … Anytime a Christian needs a restart, Jesus gives the formula …
  7 Then He said to them all, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 

Reference Passage #2: 2nd Corinthians 5: 17 [NKJV} … Salvation is THE fresh start …
  17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

Reference Passage #3: Philippians 1: 6 [NKJV} … Salvation is THE fresh start …
  6 … being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; … 

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by David McCasland, reminded me of a choice I always have in life … to do a redo.

 Take a look at the attached photo Perhaps you’re in a place in life where you’d like to hit that “START OVER” button? And if you’ve got about 2 minutes, use the “Devotional Song” link above [even tho it’s not a song] to hear one of my favorite poems, entitled “Start Over,” by the great Bible teacher, Woodrow Kroll. Each year on December 31st, I stop at the end of the day, reminded by my computer scheduler; and I recite that poem aloud, meditating on the deeper meaning, which is reinforced by the Scriptures, linked and copied above.

 BTW, if anyone wants a copy of that poem, JUST USE THIS LINK  and you can print out or read a pdf version of the poem.

 You see, my fellow Christian, when we became a Christian (see 2nd Cor. 5: 17), we got the ultimate “start over,” didn’t we? We became “new creations” from the covering/saving blood of Jesus Christ. And now, being covered and completed by God’s sanctifying grace (see Phil. 1: 6), if we follow Jesus’ commands to His disciples [see Luke 9: 23 above], and we’re willing to deny ourselves and follow our Lord, His Spirit will empower us to hit the restart button during any trying times in life (go look up and meditate on Matt. 11: 28-30, John 16: 33, and 2nd Tim. 1: 7).

 So, let’s hit the restart button today and do our REDO for the day.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, … I’m so grateful that you led me to hit THE restart button on my life. Amen

Blogger Note: Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries. If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

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