Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Open Door

As a pastor I hear behind the scenes stories of life.  There was a time that I would be surprised when those people who looked like they had conquered life told me they were up to their eyeballs in messy and hard situations.  I have learned that people are people and desperately need God.

What I know is today is a new day with an open door to a new beginning. I have been given the gift to tell them the important things that make a difference when we are faced with the messy and hard things of life:

God has something more for you. (For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
So . . .  this is a good time to believe God and walk in hope rather than hopelessness.
God has and will continue to do a good work in you.  (Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6, NIV)
So . . .  this is a good time to believe God and walk in His good work rather than in your limitations.
God will bring you to a place of new beginnings.  (See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19, NIV)
So . . .  this is a good time to believe God and look at the new thing that will spring up in the wasteland of life.  
God does not place fear on you or in you. (For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7, NIV)
So . . . this is a good time to let go of the fear and walk in the power, love, and self-discipline that God has given you. 
It is nothing less than a miracle to know that we don’t have to be stuck in the messy and hard places of life.   And, as I watch people believe God and experience a transformation in their life . . . I am not only encouraged . . . but amazed at the love of God for you and I.
Today is a new day.  Believe God.  Walk through the open door of new beginnings. 
Learning to Kickstart the day walking through the open door of new beginnings,

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED