4th January 2012

It’s A New Day

“Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Matthew 6:11-13 (NIV)

It will not come as an amazing revelation that I mess up on a daily basis. These incidents can be small which are more embarrassing than anything else, to whoppers that carry a lot of shame, potentially causing damage.  For instance, shouting at members of my family, letting down a friend or colleague, and thinking or doing something that I really shouldn’t. My list could go on as many will attest. How about yours? 

My tendency for many years was to beat myself up for ages and resolve to try harder.  This technique hasn’t worked because my self-reliance didn’t stop me from repeating the same behaviour in the long run.  My weakness and proclivities to certain habits always seemed to get the better of me—they were constantly niggling away at me.  This was even after repenting and/or apologizing to the hurt and injured parties, then putting measures in place not to do it again! 

While walking this morning and reflecting on this, a few thoughts, concepts and scriptures came to mind.  I hope that they will encourage you as they have me today. 

There is a real battle that goes on within us between the flesh and Spirit. Romans 7 summarises my, and our, daily struggle. But at the end of the day we can say like the Apostle, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25). Just as we make mistakes and/or sin day by day,  “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit” is with us each day and throughout the day. (2 Corinthians 13:14) 

We can be assured that the only time we are cut off is when we make the conscious choice to separate ourselves from God. Even in the midst of our error, confusion, and periods of rebellion, prayers are been offered for us by our Saviour and Holy Spirit. As it says in Romans 8:27, “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”  And in Hebrews 7:25, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

Our confidence, reliance and effort must be based in God and the Good News highlighted in the Gospel. We must focus on our Father’s love and Christ’s sacrifice knowing that we are enabled in the Spirit. In our daily routine with all its tests, trials and struggles let us endeavour to look to the strength and love of God rather than our constant weakness and failing. We must look up to heaven first allowing God to speak to our hearts and minds giving us truth, comfort and blessed assurance.

Dear Father, the past is past and with renewed mercy let us start again today, praising you and serving our neighbour. Let us day by day allow you to be changing us more and more into the image of your Beloved Son.

Study by David Gibbs

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