Friday, April 26, 2013

humble beginnings



This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

1 Peter 5:6  NASB
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,

The beginning is an awesome place.  It is kind of like the day when the baby was born.  Even with all the pain and the waiting there is joy and excitement.  It is like spring when all the flowers are blooming after you have come through the cold and sometimes difficult weather of winter.  I like beginnings.

Sometimes beginnings don’t come at the start.  It might be in the middle or even somewhere toward the end.  The Bible actually says that God makes all things new.  God takes what is broken and mends it.  He takes what is sick and heals.  God is able and still does take what is destined for death and gives it life, new and strong life.

For me the beginning was when I understood that Jesus gave me new life.  He forgave my sins.  It was at that moment that I was new and had a brand new beginning.

Another beginning was when I understood that God had a plan for my life, a work for me to part of and a vision for me to grab on to.  It was and is bigger than I could even imagine, and it grows as I seek God and live life.  This fresh beginning will also lead others to find a beginning and the grace of God in real ways.

By humbling ourselves before God we experience life in ways that we couldn’t experience any time or anywhere else.  God offers us a fresh start.  Maybe some of you reading this need a beginning point.  Let God give that to you.

I love stories.  I have met some great leaders, ministers and business people who started with nothing.  They might even have been broken and at the bottom of life in one way or another, yet when they sought God, when they stepped out, when they allowed God to give them a start, blessings began to pour into their lives.  Look around.  God wants to reveal to you lots of fresh starts and humble beginnings.

Let God be your starting place.  Let God be your guide.  Let God fill you with passion and with the path you should be walking.

The last few weeks have reminded me that I am not at the end.  I really am at the beginning of some pretty incredible things.  Our church is at a new day as God opens new doors and new possibilities for us through the new building that is front of us.  I love to dream.  I love to see things begin and grow.

I am believing God for more lives to be changed and more open doors so we can impact more lives for Him.  Humble beginnings is literally the place where we trust God to do what He does best.  We can’t take the place of God.  We can trust Him.  When we trust God, the beginning is real and sweet.  When we trust God, the sky is limit.

Get excited about humble beginnings.  God is up to something big!

Isaiah 43:19  NASB
Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.

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