Yesterday we kicked of our first series of 2011, Reset! There is no better way to start a year off right than being in God’s House. Matt’s message was an awesome reminder on how to get a fresh start with God. If you missed today’s message, you can hear it here.
Here are my notes from yesterday’s message…
Have you ever felt like you needed to hit the reset button on an area in your life? Maybe a relationship or a habit or your finances? With God, He allows us to hit ‘reset’ and gives us a fresh start.
Psalm 51:10 says “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
RESET means to set again; to restore to it’s original form. The great thing about God is that He doesn’t want to just put us back together the way that we were – He wants to make us better than new.
Psalm 51:11-13 says “Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
3 Ways to Get a Fresh Start with God:
1. WAKE UP! Many of us are alive but we aren’t awake to what God is doing. We are asleep to what is really happening in our life. We need to pray for a revival of God’s love in our lives, in our churches, in our community, and in our nation. It’s time for us to WAKE UP to God’s will.
2. LOOK UP! When we look up to God, the issues around us don’t seem as big. The problem is we too often get distracted and start looking to others, or looking back to the past, or looking at ourselves and what we feel like is missing from our lives. It’s time for us to look up to God, focus on Him, and take our eyes off of ourselves.
Psalm 121:1-8 says “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”
We need to keep our eyes on Jesus! Don’t dwell on the past or compare yourself to others.
Isaiah 43:18-19 says “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Hebrews 11 is known as the Hall of Faith and is filled with heroes of the faith. If you read about each of their lives in the Bible, you will see that, at one time or another, all of them made mistakes. Even so, the Bible says that “all these people earned a good reputation because of their faith”. Even though they all made mistakes, God still used them. And, the same is true for us. We will all make mistakes, but we can’t dwell on them or stay in them. We have to look up to God when we fall and make sure that we always fail forward!
3. STEP UP! In 2011, tackle new mountains. Stretch yourself to do things and go beyond what you thought you could do or what you thought God would do in your life. Some areas that we can step up in are….
Giving – Determine this year to live a life of generosity. Everything that we have is a gift from God. As God every day how you can give your life away that day.
Reading God’s Word – The Bible is God’s love letter to us. By reading His word we know God more and know His will for our lives more clearly. His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Decide this year to read His word every day. You can start with a verse or a chapter, or start on a reading plan. You can find some great ones on youversion.com. Get in the Word!
Pursue Him through Prayer & Fasting – God’s Word tells us that some things we will only know when we seek Him through the combination of praying and fasting. Starting January 10 we are going to do a 21 day fast as a church, and we’d love for you to join us. I’ll have more information this week on my blog. But, pray and ask God if that’s something you should do to start the new year.
Connecting with Others – Don’t do life alone. Be in relationship with other believers. At C3, we offer Connect Groups that are starting up at the end of January. I would strongly encourage you to join one of these groups. We have groups for women, men, and couples. For more information, click here.
I am so thankful that God gives us fresh starts! That His grace is sufficient for us in our weaknesses and He gives us new mercies every morning! See you next Sunday as we continue our Reset series!