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A New Beginning

Fri, Jan. 30, 2015 Posted: 11:50 PM


A new year is a good time for a fresh start – a new beginning. Thirty days of 2015 have already passed. That’s okay. We have three hundred and thirty five ahead of us. Now is a good time for a new beginning. God also love beginnings. God may be saying to some of us if not all of us, hinting even, trying to get our attention on what He wills for us this year.

 In Genesis chapter 12 after the death of Abram’s father, God called Abram to a new beginning. For some of us our new beginnings come after the death of a loved one, or after the loss of a job, or a move to a new neighborhood, or even during or after an illness or tragedy.

“Now the Lord had said to Abram:”And He may be saying the same to some of us. “Get out of your country,” Before you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, in what country did you live? Some believers in Christ Jesus are still living in the country of their first birth. The “country” of our first birth is this world of worldliness and ungodliness - apart from God. “For all that is in the world is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life…” 1John 2:16 We were born into this world’s system of ungodliness. We were living a life uncharted, without God. We were using our own guidelines and some of us were following the guideposts of ungodly people, who knew nothing of God and His ways. God is calling you to get out of the world of worldliness and walk, live in His light. Follow His word and His guidance.

 God also told Abram, get out “from your family…” God is also telling some of you to get out from your “family”- those you hung with in an ungodly manner when you were an unbeliever. You enjoyed their companionship and they enjoyed yours. However, once you accepted the Lord Jesus as your Savior, something should have changed. There should have been a strain in those relationships. Somehow you realized some things were just not the same. That realization should have brought about a shift in the relationships. May be you did for a while, but now you are back into those relationships. Even though you may feel disconnected at times. Whenever I hear the testimony of a former addict; the following behavior is always mentioned in each case. The addict leaves behind his companions and his associates of that lifestyle to find a new life. Sin is addictive. You must leave your former “family” and cling to your new family in Christ Jesus . Cultivate new relationships in God’s family – believers in Jesus Christ. God is calling you to get out from your past “family”.

 God also said to Abram: “And from your father’s house…” Get out from your father’s house. Who was your father? 1John 3:10. Satan. Get out from under his roof. He is a liar from the beginning. John 8:44. Under whomever roof you live, you are subject to his ways. God’s ways are freeing. Satan’s ways are destructive. God has translated you from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of His dear Son. Colossians 1:14KJV. How do you know if you are living in Satan’s house? You will be a slave to sin. You want to overcome those sinful habits in your life, but you cannot. Get out of Satan’s house. Repent, read the Gospels in the New Testament of the Bible and follow Christ.

  “To a land that I will show you” - God is calling you. God is calling us to a land that He will show us. God will show us what He can do. He will lead us into a land of freedom, a land of opportunity, a land of promotion, a land of your potential and ultimately into His home in heaven.

To a land of freedom – God will lead you into freedom from sin. He will lead you into freedom from the enslavement of doubt and double mindedness (what will people say?). God will free up our minds and our hearts to serve our Savior – Jesus Christ.

To a land of opportunity -  Who was Abram? He was a regular man who had lost his father, had a wife, had no children, a few servants and was taking care of his brother’s son. Just an ordinary man was Abram. When Abram left Haran, who noticed, his neighbors? He was just one of the many souls in Haran. God took Abram to Bethel, to Egypt and to Hebron. Abram met the King of Salem – King Melchizedek. He had communion with him, and the king blessed Abram. God revealed to Abram his future and the future of his descendants. (Who says you cannot know your future?) God knows it.

To a land of promotion – God changed Abram’s name to Abraham. Why? God made him a father of many nations. What a promotion!! God promised Abraham that “kings shall come from you”. Gen 17:6 Abraham had his own army. Abraham was given the priviledge to intercede to God on behalf of the righteous. Genesis 18:23-32 Awesome!!

 To a land of potential – God said of Abraham to King Abimelech “he is a prophet”. From being a regular man in Haran to be called a prophet of God. A once ordinary man now highly esteemed is asked by the king of Gerar – a God fearing man - to enter into a covenant with him. God called Abraham, then Abram , when he was seventy five years old to leave Haran. Abraham obeyed God. He had his wife, his nephew and his servants with him. He did not travel alone. Years later God commanded Abraham again. This time he was to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. Genesis 22:1,2 This time Abraham had to go it alone. He could not take his wife, (most likely He dared not tell her). He could take a few of his servants only a certain distance. Abraham had to do this by himself. (Sometimes God calls us to do things by ourselves.) Did Abraham had it in him to obey this command of offering up his son? Was his trust and belief in God at such a high level? That day God proved to Abraham that he really and truly trusted God. Abraham’s faith in the Almighty was solid. Did Abraham reach his potential in God? Yes he did!

The ultimate land God will lead us to is the very one that Abraham looked forward to – a city “whose builder and maker is God” Hebrews 11:10. We read of that land, that city in Revelations 21:1-3. How will we get there? "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord". 1Thessalonians 4:16,17

 Look at your life before you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, and look at your life today. Do you see the freedom from sin in your life, the opportunities God has given you, the promotions on the job or in your church or in your family or in your community, the potential in you that keeps unfolding? Are you amaze at what God is performing in your life?

If your answer is no, Get out! Start walking, living in 2015 to that land that God will show you.

June Samuel