A New Life

Do you feel remorse about the way you have lived your life?

Did you once have many hopes and dreams, 

But now find yourself with only disappointments and regrets?


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Do you sometimes feel that God is punishing you?


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If  you answered yes to any (or all) of the above questions, 

then you must  understand that there is hope for you.  

God is fully able to reach you  with His healing grace and His cleansing power.  

Furthermore, He desires to reach you.  

He desires to give you His peace, His joy, His power, and His love.  

He desires to give you a new life.

It does not matter that you have repeatedly sinned against Him, for He will forgive you.

It does not matter that you are burdened with pain, re­morse, and regret, 

For He will lift you beyond it.

It does not matter that you deserve to be punished, 

For He has borne the punishment for you.

In  the following study, you will learn how to enter into joyful communion 

With your Savior and your God. 

You will also learn how to grow in this  relationship 

And to claim the boundless riches that are yours because of  God's great mercy and grace.

Remember: God is fully able and longs to  deliver you,

Regardless of your present circumstances or your past  life.  

Please understand this.  

Sin-sick and burdened souls (like myself) have come to Him over and over again 

Since this world began, 

And  He has always healed and restored them 

When they approached Him in  sincerity and in truth.  

If you are tired of trying to make it on your  own 

And are willing to let the Almighty begin to work for you, 

Then He can and will give you a new life.    


Trust Him to do this for you. 

   

You Can Have a New Life!
 

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A Future and a Hope


          I remember reading a story that illustrated a very important point.  

The story told  of the day the devil held an auction in order to sell to his demons 

All  the devices he had used to tempt sinful mortals. 

Almost every device  that went up for bidding was shiny and new, 

And it was apparent that  these devices had hardly been used by the devil at all. 

This was true of  all the devices except the last one. 

This last device represented the  temptation that the devil had found

To be the most successful in  securing his prey.

It was very worn, and it was obvious it had been put  to much use.

The bidding soared higher and higher as the demons in  attendance

Recognized the value and power of this temptation to lead souls to ruin.

At one point a bystander asked what this temptation was.

He was told,


"It is the temptation to despair."


Now you must understand, reader, 

That all of the devil's temptations culminate with the temptation to despair.

In other words, all of  his other temptations are merely devices that he employs 

In order to  get you to the point where you believe that your case is hopeless.

Once  he has you believing this, he knows he has you secure in his grasp.

What you must understand, therefore, 

Is that regardless of how sinsick, polluted, and desperate you know yourself to be,

God longs to forgive you and to restore you.

He longs to give you hope. 

Furthermore, He is fully able to do this, for He has all power at His command.  

There is only one thing that you must do: Trust Him.

Now you might say, "I could never trust God to deliver me.

I have made too much of a mess of my life."

Guess what?

I once said that, and God has delivered me!

Furthermore, I know  many others who once said that as well, and God has delivered them!

Now  if God has delivered all of us (and He has), then what makes you think  He cannot deliver you? 

Remember: All of us thought exactly what you might be thinking.

That is, we all thought that God could never deliver us.

We all thought that we had made too much of a mess of our lives.

But God did deliver us—every one of us.

The lesson each of us learned along the way is this:

God is in the business of restoring messed-up human lives (like ours!).

Yes, God is in the business of doing this.

He delights to do this.

And He will do this for you if you will simply let Him.

Tell me, reader, why would you think that God would not do this for you?    

Do you think He has no power to do this for you?

Do you think He has no desire to do this for you?

Do you think that you are too sinful?


Or too hopeless?


Or too depressed?  


For Him to do this for you?

If you are thinking any of these thoughts, then I can assure you that you are wrong.

You might say, "How do you know I am wrong?"

I say, "I know you are wrong because I have finally come to the point in my life

Where I choose to  Listen to God's Word. 

And His Word says, quite clearly, that God desires to prosper you, to restore you, and to give you hope.   Now  please understand, reader, that listening to God's Word is the indispensable key 

That will allow you to know God's thoughts toward you as well as His will for your life.

This is what you must begin to do.  

You must begin to  Listen to His Word.

God speaks to you through His Word.

He communicates His Will for you through His Word.     

He enters into joyful communion with you through His Word.

Clearly, then, it is of the utmost importance that you Listen to His Word.

In  the remainder of this lesson we will be listening to what God's Word  says to us 

About His thoughts toward sinners like you and  me.  

Specifically, we will be listening to what His Word says about His  desire to give us


A Future and a Hope.


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You  will remember that we began this lesson by noticing 

That all of the devil’s temptations culminate with the temptation to despair.  

What this means is that the devil does everything that he can to get you and me 

To the point where we will believe that our cases are hopeless.

Never forget that this is the way that the devil operates.

I will state it once again:


The devil does everything he can  in order to get you and me to the point 

Where we will believe that our cases  are hopeless.


Now  the way that the devil does this is the same for every person.

First  of all, he leads us on, step by step, in a path of pride and  self-sufficiency.

In other words, he leads us in a path where we believe that we can make it on our own without God.

He doesn't care what we do in this path; 

The important concern for him is simply this:

He seeks to attract our atten­tion to something in this world

So we will live our lives with­out looking to God for guidance and direction.

Now  when our own way has resulted in disaster (as it al­ways does—sooner or  later), 

And we have hit rock bottom, 

The devil then presents our sinsick and polluted lives before us and says, 

"You are too great a sinner for God to help you."

"Nothing in your life will ever change."

"Your case is hopeless."

"You are destined to live a life of misery and then rot in hell."

Once  again, I will ask you never to forget that this is the way that the  devil operates.

He works to lead us on, step by step, down a path of  ruin 

Until he has us feeling so desperate and so far from God 

That we believe our cases are hopeless.

The important point you must understand  is this: 

If you are feeling this sense of hopelessness, 

Then you can be  sure that it is from the devil, not from God.

I repeat: 


A sense of hopelessness is from the devil, not from God.


God always seeks to inspire you with courage and with hope,

Never with discouragement and despair.

Please understand this: God seeks to inspire you with hope.

Now you might ask,

"How can I be sure that God wants to inspire me with hope?"


Listen to His Word:


“I know the plans I have for you,

Says the Lord,

Plans for welfare and not for evil,

To give you ... A Future and a Hope.”

(Jeremiah 29:11, RSV)

 

And, again, listen to His Word:


“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, 

Even as your soul prospers.”

(3 John 2)


So this point is settled, right?

Please  understand that you cannot say, 

"Yes, but . . . "  

There are no  "buts."  

The Word of God is just too clear in this area: 

God desires to prosper you.

He desires to give you a future and a hope. 

We have listened to God's Word, and His Word is very clear. 

Therefore, the issue is settled.


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Now  you might say, "But I have lived an awful life, 

And my sin has separated me from God 

And from the hope and the prosperity He desires to give me.” 

It is certainly true that sin separates us from God (see Isaiah 59:2), 

But what is God's solution to this? 


Listen to His Word:


“If we confess our sins, 

He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, 

And to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

(1 John 1:9)


Here God promises that He is faithful to forgive us our sins if we simply confess them to Him. 


Again, listen to His Word:


"Only acknowledge your iniquity,  

That you have transgressed against the Lord your God.”

(Jeremiah 3:13)


Once again, we see that all that God asks is that we simply humble ourselves enough to acknowledge 

That we have sinned against Him. 

Then we must  simply ask for His forgiveness.

If we ask this with a contrite heart that is truly sorry for having committed sin (see Psalm 51:17),  

Then His Word says that He is faithful to forgive us.

In fact, the Word  of God says that He will take all of our sins 

And cast them into the  depths of the sea (see Micah 7:19).

Once again, we have listened to God's Word, 

And, once again, His Word is very clear. 

Therefore, the issue is settled.

But you might say, "I know that God promises to forgive me, 

But I have sinned greatly

And my heart still condemns me."  


Listen to His Word:


"If our heart condemn us, 

God is greater than our hearts 

And knoweth all things."

(1 John 3:20)


Do you understand what the Word of God is saying here?

It is saying that God is greater than our hearts.

This truth should be obvious to all of us, 

But it is a  truth that we often lose sight of 

During those times when the devil  accuses our consciences 

And brings up our past sins before us.

The devil knows that if he can get us to believe the testimony of our sinful hearts 

Rather than the testimony of God's Word, 

Then he will be able to  convince us that we are hopeless sinners whom God cannot forgive.

The truth, however, is precisely as the Word of God states it.

God is greater than our hearts, 

So we must take the testimony of  His Word above the testimony of our feelings.

I repeat: 


We must take the testimony of God's Word  above the testimony of our feelings.


I hope you will never forget  the previous statement, reader, 

For it will be a safeguarding principle that will keep you settled and secure 

In your future experience with  God.

Certainly we all know how easy it is to be swayed by our feelings 

And to treat them as true indicators of our condition.

The truth of the matter, however, is that feelings can be very misleading.

This is because our hearts are (as the Word of God says),


"Deceitful above all things, 

And desperately wicked."

(Jeremiah 17:9).  


For this reason, we cannot always trust the feelings or the impressions 

Of our sinful and  changeable hearts—however forceful or convincing they might seem to be.

We can, however, always trust the Word of the Living God, 

And His Word says that God forgives us when we confess our sins to Him, 

So you must believe this—regardless of the testimony of your feelings. 

You should understand that God's Word also says the following,


"It is God that justifies. 

Who is he that condemns?"   

(Romans 8:33, 34)


This passage of Scripture is saying that God is Someone who justifies.

It then goes on to ask, "Who is he that condemns?"

Actually, the Bible reveals to us in other passages who it is that condemns.

Do you know who it is?

It is the devil.

The Bible refers to him as the "accuser of the  brethren," 

And it says that he "accuses" us "before our God day and night" (Revelation 12:10).

It is important that you understand that all condemnation is from the devil.

I repeat, 


All condemnation is from the devil.


God never condemns.

On the contrary,

He always justifies and forgives.

Now if you find that you do not feel justified and forgiven 

Even after you have confessed your sins to God openly and sincerely, 

Then please  understand that this is because the devil has gotten a foothold in your heart 

Because of all the years you allowed him to have his way with  you.

He is doing all that he can to make you feel sinful and condemned,

And he is doing this in a last desperate attempt to convince you 

That  you are not for­given and justified by God.

You must realize that this  feeling does not affect your status before the Almighty.

His Word says  that you are forgiven and justified, so you must believe this. 

(You must believe it.)

I  can assure you, reader, as one who has been through all this myself, 

If  you will simply persist in believing the testimony of God's Word 

And in refusing to believe the testimony of your sinful heart, 

Then you will  soon be ushered into a rich experience 

Where you will have a glorious  sense of your pardon and acceptance with God. 

This is what you want,  right? 

Understand and believe that this is what God wants as well.

And  He will bring it to pass if you will simply trust Him and His Word to  you.

Once again, the issue is settled.


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But you might say, "But I believe that God despises me."

Listen to His Word:


“Behold, God is mighty, 

And does not despise any.”

(Job 36:5, RSV)


It is a lie of the devil that causes anyone to believe that God is capable of despising someone

It is the devil who is capable of despising.

In fact, the devil despises everyone.

He  despises you, and he despises me.

He will thus do anything to destroy  us.

The Bible says that he was a “murderer from the beginning, 

And has nothing to do with the truth, 

Because there is no truth in him."

It also says, 


"When he lies, 

He speaks according to his own nature, 

For he is a liar and the father of lies" 

(John 8:44, RSV)


You can be sure that the devil knows that the best lie for him to try to get us to believe 

Is that we are so sinful that God hates us.  

Never believe this.

Never. 

If you find this thought entering your mind at any time, 

Then you can be certain it is not prompted by God.

Rather, it is a lie of the devil.

Always understand this.


It is a lie of the devil.


The Bible is very clear from beginning to end that the essence of God is love (see 1 John 4:8). 

And since God is an eternal being, is also clear that His love endures forever (see Psalm 107:1). 

Clearly, a being whose very essence is everlasting love is not capable of hating anyone at anytime.

On the contrary, a loving Creator like this would love and care for all of the beings 

That He has created (as He does), 

And He would long to save them for His eternal kingdom. 

Once again, the issue is settled. 


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But you might say, 

"But I have done so many terrible things; my life has become like a curse to me."


Listen to His Word: 


“The Lord your God Turned the curse into a blessing for you, 

Because the Lord your God loved you.”

(Deuteronomy 23:5)


 You  must understand that God is fully able to do this.

He has done it for  me, and He has done it for countless others as well. 

He can take the  darkest stain in your life and turn it into a blessing 

That will abound  to His glory.

You  might say, "No way."

But think of this:

If you are now in a state of  hopelessness and despair 

Because of the sin of your past life, 

The  pollution of your heart 

And the unpromising nature of your present  circumstances, 

Then imagine how your testimony would inspire hope and courage in others 

If you would allow God to deliver you from this.

Would  not this alone turn the curse into a blessing?

Please imagine this to be true 

(because God will make it  true!).

Imagine yourself feeling completely restored, 

And imagine  yourself giving a testimony to others 

About how low you once were, 

And how completely renewed you now feel.

It will happen.

Trust God to  fulfill His Word to you.

But you say, 

"I have wasted so many years--my life is over." 


Listen to His Word: 


I will restore to you the years that the locust have eaten, . . . 

You shall eat in plenty, 

And he satisfied, 

And praise the name of the Lord your God, 

Who has dealt wondrously with you.

(Joel 2:25, 26)


Do you understand what God is saying to you in this passage?

He is saying that He will restore to you the wasted years that you have squandered.

Once again, I can  truthfully testify that He has done this for me and for many others.

He will do it for you as well.

"How will He do this," you ask

First of all, He will do this by giving you such peace and joy 

That you will find yourself lifted above all the remorse and regret 

That now burden you about the shameful and unproductive years of your past.

(This is so essential--and God will do it!)

Second,  He will give your life meaning and direction.

He will guide you into a fruitful path, 

And you will find yourself so utterly fulfilled by the sense of purpose 

That He will give to your life 

That you will actually  find yourself living a brand new life.

(God will this for you!)

It will be as if the wasted years had never happened. 

Finally, God will renew your strength.

He will restore your youthful  vigor.

Do you believe He will do this for you?

He has done it for me,  and I know many others for whom He has done it as well.


Listen to what His unfailing Word says: 


“Bless the LORD,  O, my soul,

And forget not all His benefits,
Who forgives all your iniquity, 

Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from the Pit,  

Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
Who satisfies you with good as long as you live

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

(Psalm 103:2-5)


 And, again, listen to His Word:       


“Let his flesh become fresh with youth; 

Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor.”

(Job 33:25, RSV)


Now the one thing from your youth 

That you can be sure God will not allow you to retain is the shame.

This He will cause you to forget.

(Praise the Lord!)

How do I know this is true?


Listen to His Word:


“Fear not, For you shall not he ashamed: 

Neither be confounded; 

For you shall not he put to shame: 

For you shall forget the shame of your youth.”

(Isaiah 54:4)


Let me ask you something, reader: 

Is there any other reason that comes  to your mind 

That causes you to believe that God will not or cannot  restore you?

If there is, then I can assure you that if you will just  search the Word of God for yourself, 

Then you will find a promise of the  Almighty that reveals to you 

That your "reason" is not really a reason  at all. 

I must emphasize that I had reached a point in my life 

Where I had probably a hundred reasons why God could not restore me.  

I was as hopeless as a hopeless person can get.  

(Believe me, I was hopeless.

But when I began to search the Word of God as for hidden treasure, 

I found something I thought I could never find, namely,


Hope.


I also found life, the very life of God, 

And this life of God immediately began to renew all  the deadness in my soul 

And inspire me with courage and strength.

I  eventually realized that any "reason" I could give as to why God could  not restore me,

Well, God had already thought of it! 

Furthermore, He had  already made provision for it! 

Had I sinned?  No problem.  He forgives. 

Did my heart condemn me?  No problem.  He is greater than my heart. 

Was my life a curse?  No problem.  He could turn it into a blessing. 

Had I wasted my best years? No problem. He could restore them.

Amazing . . . but true! 

It is true,  reader—every bit of it. 

And you will find this out for  yourself—firsthand—if you will simply allow God 

To fulfill His Word to  you.


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We have now come to the point in this study where you must learn a very  important lesson. 

I will ask you to please read the following very carefully, 

As I must initially develop a few points before I am able to  state this lesson explicitly. 

First of all, you must realize that all of us end up messing up our lives in  one way or another.

You must realize also that God is prepared for this.  

Actually, He was expecting it all along.  

He did not want it to  happen, of course, 

But there was really nothing He could have done to  prevent it 

Without imposing His will upon us, and God will never do  this.  

If we choose to ignore Him and thus do not look to Him for  guidance and di­rection, 

Then He will not force Himself upon us.  

He lets us walk in the paths of our wayward hearts, 

And He hopes that—at  some point—we will see the futility 

Of trying to find satisfac­tion and  fulfillment apart from Him.

It is usually when we reach a crisis that we finally realize this. 

“Why does it take a crisis?" you ask. 

Simply because a crisis is what is usually required to get through to our proud and sinful hearts. 

Now when we do reach  this point of crisis, 

And we think that our lives are over, 

God is  there to say, "I can fix it."  

Please understand this, reader. 

God  Himself says, 


"I can fix it."


Remember,  God knows the end from the beginning, 

So He is not taken by surprise when our stubborn and arrogant ways lead us to a "crash." 

Also, He has  all resources at His command. 

He could bring a hundred different  persons, places, or things into your life 

Right now of which you know nothing, 

And any one of these could change your life completely.

Now how do I know that God can fix even your life?


Listen to His Word: 


“I have loved you with an everlasting love; 

I have drawn you with lovingkindness. 

I will build you up again And you will he rebuilt, . . . 

Again you will take up your tambourines 

And go out to dance with the joyful. 

(Jeremiah 31:3, 4, NIV) 


I hope you will not respond to that passage of Scripture the way I did  

When I was in my state of hopelessness (although I will completely  understand if you do).

I remember that my sister wrote this passage of Scripture on the front page of a Bible 

That she gave to me, and she emphasized how this was God's promise to me. 

I recall saying to myself,  "No way.” 

Now please believe me when I say that I could write volumes of material 

About how hopeless and depressed I was at this time, 

But the point that I wish to make is this: 

God fulfilled this promise to me in spite of my initial unbelief.

I see now that He did this in answer to the prayers  of many others in my behalf. 

And guess what?

I am praying for you!

(I  pray for everyone who reads this study!)

And guess what again?

I  know many others who are praying for you as well!

(I have asked  them to pray for those who read this study!)

So I know that God will  answer our prayers in your behalf 

In the same way He answered others' prayers in my behalf. 

The end result of all this is that God will answer our prayers and fulfill His Word to you 

If you simply do not resist His working in your life. 

He will draw you with His lovingkindness (as He  did with me). 

He will build you up again (again, as He did with  me). 

And you will find yourself going out one day to "dance with the  joyful" 

(as I do—though I once thought that this would never be  possible).   

We have now covered everything necessary in order for you to learn 

The important lesson of this study. 

Are you ready for it? 

Here it is: 

If  you believe that you have messed up your life in one way or another 

(or  possibly in all ways), 

Then you can choose one of two options, 

And the  choice you make will determine the entire direction and destiny 

Of the rest of your life.


I will repeat this statement because I believe that  it is of utmost importance: 


If  you believe that you have messed up your life in one way or another 

(or  possibly in all ways), 

Then you can choose one of two options, 

And the  choice you make will determine the entire direction and destiny 

Of the rest of your life. 


Now your options are these: 


You can moan and groan and gripe and complain

About all the stupid and boneheaded things you have done in your life,  or you can  


Trust God. 


Do you see clearly that these are your two options? 

Please  understand, reader, that the issue is no longer that you have messed up  your life, 

Because Someone has pledged Himself to fix it for you. 

Furthermore, this Person who has pledged Himself to fix it for you is none other than . . . God! 

The only issue now, therefore, is this:
 

Will you admit that you need help, and will you let God help you?


I will state once again that the issue is not that you have messed up your life, 

Because God Himself  has pledged to fix it for you.

You must merely trust Him enough to let Him have His way in your life without resisting Him.

Now let me tell you something, reader: 

If you will trust God and not resist Him, 

Then you will have a new life (a new life). 

It's  that simple.

God will rebuild and restore you completely, 

And you will one day find yourself going out to "dance  with the joyful."

This may seem impossible to you (as it once seemed  impossible to me), 

But you must remember that "with God nothing shall be  impossible" (Luke 1:37).

Let me tell you one more thing: 

If you will not trust God and you  choose rather to resist His almighty love and power, 

Then you will  retain your old, messed-up life, 

And you will be destined to moan and  complain for the rest of your days.


So, what will you do? 


Will you trust God? 

Will you let Him give you a new life? 

This is the issue, friend.

This is the only issue.

You must trust the God who created you.

You must let Him fulfill His Word to you. 

Remember,


Trust and don't resist.


Or, as many say, 


Let go and let God.


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As  you think about the many promises of God we have studied in this  lesson, 

Please understand that you must begin to claim these promises 

As  if they were made to you personally (because they were). 

You must not think of them as promises that God is making to someone else.

Rather,  you must think of them as promises that He is making to you (because He is).

Please understand this.

Every promise that we read is a promise God is making to you.

And always remember that God has fulfilled every one of these promises in  my life 

And in the lives of many others.

Not one of us was any more worthy than you are, 

Yet God fulfilled His Word to each of us.

Trust  that He will do this for you as well. 


As you meditate on these promises and on the great love and mercy of God,  

You will begin to sense a new creative power working in you.

This power  is nothing less than the uncreated life of God, 

And the Bible refers to this life in you as the "Holy Spirit." 

The Bible also makes it clear that this life in you is that of a Person. 

Now if you will allow Him, this Person of the Holy Spirit 

Will overrule every other influence that now holds you in bondage, 

And He will become the governing force in your  life.

To be "quickened" (as the Bible says) by the Holy Spirit 

Is to live a life that is free from the enslavement of fear and lust.

It is a life of joyful communion with God in which one enjoys security and  peace 

"Without dread of evil" (Proverbs 1:33, RSV). 


There are many important lessons of faith that you will need to learn 

Before your joy in God is made full, 

And I will warn you now that you will probably stumble and fall 

Many times as you are learning these lessons. 

Furthermore, there will almost certainly be times when you will become battered and bruised.

I tell you this beforehand so that you will not become discouraged 

When you encounter difficult times. 

Always  remember that whoever sets out to trust the Lord fully will encounter  trials.

They are simply a part of the growing process. 

Just be sure to  understand that God will be with you 

Through every one of the trying times that lies ahead.


As His Word says,  


“Be strong and of good courage; 

Be not frightened, neither he dismayed; 

For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

(Joshua 1:9, RSV)


 Trust Him to be with you always, because His Word says that He is.

And  never forget that God's great purpose in your life from this time  forward 

Is to make you strong in your faith and trust in Him.

And He  will surely do this for you if you let Him.

Truly, you will come forth as gold. 

To summarize this lesson study, then, I will once again emphasize that 

God does have plans to prosper you.

He does desire to give you a future and a hope.

He does desire to for­give you and to restore you.

It does not matter that you have sinned against Him.

It does not matter that your heart condemns you.

It does not matter that your life has become a curse to you.

It does not matter that you have wasted what you consider to be the best years of your life.


It Just Does Not Matter.


God still desires to prosper you.

He still desires to give you a future and a hope.

And He will . . . if you simply trust Him. 


Listen to His Word: 


“Behold, I am the Lord, The God of all flesh; 

Is anything too hard for me?" 

(Jeremiah 32:27, RSV)


You Can Have a New Life !


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Where Do You Go from Here?


At this point, you may be asking yourself questions like the following:


1. "How do I get this new life?" 


2. "How will God make it happen?" 


3. "Where and when will He begin?"  


1. With  regard to the first question, the answer is this:

You get a new life by simply receiving the promises of God.

You will soon discover this is  equivalent to receiving His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 


2.  With  regard to the second question, the answer is this:

God will make it  happen one step at a time, 

And as you take each step in the path He opens before you, 

He will reveal more and still more of His glorious plan for your life.

You must trust Him in this area.

You must trust His promises to you and thus believe that He has your best interest at heart 

And will work "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or  think" (Ephesians 3:20). 

Do what He gives you the strength to do today,  

And the tomorrows will begin to look brighter and brighter. 


3.  With regard to the third question, the answer is this: 

God will begin  here and now.

That is, He will start to work with you right where you are, 

And He will begin just as soon as you cry out to Him 

For deliverance, guidance and restoration.

Once again, you must trust  Him.

Also, you must receive everything in your daily pathway as coming  directly from His hand.

You must receive it without murmuring and  without complaining.

He will supply the strength for you to do this, 

And you will begin to experience a greater and still greater sense of His  peace and rest 

As you surrender to the ordering of His providence 

And receive everything cheerfully from His hand.

You are the clay in the  hands of the all-knowing and all-loving Potter.

Abandon yourself to His  almighty working, and you will not be disappointed.

He will bring you forth as conqueror.  


Other important points are these: 


1. As you grow in your new life in Christ, you will begin to experience God 

Drawing you to spend time with Him in Bible study and prayer --  

Especially during the early morning hours.

Spending time with the  Almighty during this time each day 

Will result in a deep and fulfilling relationship with Him, 

And this relationship will brace you to meet the various trials 

Of each day with stability and strength. 


2. You  will also experience God drawing you to know His Son, 

The Lord Jesus Christ, in an intimate and personal way.

Ask God to draw you into a strong personal relationship with Jesus as you spend time 

Praying and  reading about His life in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and  John).

You will soon know the mighty Lord Jesus as your Savior and your Friend. 


3. You will soon begin to hunger for fellowship with other godly men and women 

Who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and 

And who  study His Word on a regular basis.

Ask God to guide you in this area,  and know that you can trust Him to lead you 

To just the right fellowship  of believers that will help to make you strong in His strength.  


4. You will probably find it helpful to read good Christian books 

That were written by individuals who have spent much time growing close to  the Lord.

You will learn many invaluable lessons from these Christian  men and women, 

And these lessons will help you immensely in your walk with God.

Again, ask the Lord to guide you in this area. 

Some books that I would highly recommend are the following:   

  1. The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life and The God of All Comfort by Hannah Smith
  2. Steps to Christ and The Desire of Ages by Ellen White
  3. Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray

5.  Finally, you must always remember to Trust God.

Though  your sinful heart will suggest a hundred reasons why He cannot or will  not help you, 

Still, you must trust Him.

This alone—trust in the  almighty and saving power of God—will see you through 

Every circumstance  and every difficulty.   

Keep Praying. 

Keep Trusting. 

Keep Believing.

"For I know the plans I have for you, 

Says the LORD, 

Plans for welfare and not for evil, 

To give you A Future and a Hope."

(Jeremiah 29:11) 


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You Can Have a new Life !!!