Yesterday we continued our Reset series, and Matt preached a powerful message on ‘How to Reset Our Lives’. If you missed the message or would like to hear it again, you can listen here.
Our scripture for this series is Psalm 51:12-13, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.”
When we allow God to reset our lives, we are stronger than we were before, and He is able to use us for the Kingdom!
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
Matt unpacked this scripture for us to show us how we can reset our lives…
Anyone – New life is for anyone! No matter who you are, what your background is, how far in a pit you feel like you have fallen, God can make you a new creation! John 3:16 said ‘For God so loved the WORLD’ – that means anyone!
Belongs to Christ – When we let God reset our lives, we belong to Him. We are connected to Him in a relationship. Our relationship with God requires commitment. Whoever or whatever we are connected to is who and what is leading our lives. God longs to be in relationship with us and He is available to speak to us, but we have to be plugged in and committed to hearing Him.
New Person – You are a new creation! The old has gone and the new has come when God resets your life! I love things that are new! I love the way they shine and look and feel! When we belong to Christ we are a new creation and a fresh start in Him! God is able to renew our passions and our visions and our dreams and make all of them line up with His will and His Kingdom!
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 says, “And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
This verse tells us that we are ambassadors for Christ! An ambassador is “A diplomatic official of the highest rank appointed and accredited as representative in residence by one government or sovereign to another.” “An authorized messenger or representative”. What an amazing responsibility and calling God has given each of us! He has called us to be His representatives in a hurting world! The Bible tells us that we are to live in this world, but not be of this world. Our residence an eternity is in Heaven! So, here on earth, we are ambassadors of our Savior to the world.
Old Life is Gone – We are forgiven! We are set free! During response time yesterday we sang “amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see. My chains are gone, I’ve been set free. My God, My Savior has ransomed me.”
1 John 1:9, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”(NLT)
To confess means to agree with God. Each time that we confess our sins to God, He is able to forgive us an cleanse us and take away the old.
New Life Has Begun – John 10:10 says that satan came to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came to give us LIFE ABUNDANTLY!
In Luke 8, Jesus tells the parable of the sower and the seeds.
Luke 8:11-15 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”
The four types of soil represent four types of hearts.
Hard Heart – you can hear the truth but the devil comes and steals it.
Rocky Heart – you hear the truth, but don’t get connected. Testing comes and you fall away.
Thorny Heart – you hear the truth, but you get distracted and choked by 3 things: worries, riches and pleasures.
Receptive Heart – Doesn’t mean a perfect person, but the only difference is that this heart hears the word and is humble and receptive. And the result is they are BLESSED!
We will get a fresh start with God as we Hear the Word, Retain the Word, and Get Connected to God!