Does one day define you? One thing, one person, one circumstance, one action, one trial, one tragedy, … one day?
One day, or many days, can change the direction or focus, can change everything. However, I have good news — trials that railroaded into our lives are switched on the track of eternal time by the loving hand of our Heavenly Father.
Our worst days are changed by the best day in history — the day Jesus rose from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus gives hope that life will be resurrected. The days that dictated your trajectory are changed by Jesus who sets free every captive and heals every broken heart, and His grace covers every day of sin. His restoration changes every negative experience. The defining of our lives is not by what happened to us, but what happened through Jesus.
God defines you as His creation, His beloved child, for in Jesus you are loved, beloved, forgiven, restored, and renewed. No day is too messed up to be remade and redeemed by God. Jesus who is hope, comes and blesses, heals, renews, bringing eternal hope.
Whatever has happened, whatever you have done, God’s grace and restoration are available.
Have you been falsely accused, beaten, or abused? Paul, Peter, most of the disciples know how you feel, and Jesus definitely knows how you feel.
Have you been a liar, thief, prodigal, denied Christ, or run from God? Ask Jacob, the thief on the cross, the prodigal son, Peter, and Jonah about the mercy and restoration of God.
Is murder too hard for God? Ask David and Moses about the grace and restoration of God.
Is adultery too hard to forgive? Ask David, the woman at the well, and the woman caught in the act of adultery, about the grace and restoration of God.
Drinking problem, greed problem, abusive issues, cheating others, adultery, sex outside of marriage, homosexuality… Paul reminds us, “Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, NLT).
No matter what was done to you, no matter what you have done, no matter how hard or how dark your days, God’s light of grace and restoration is waiting for you.
Start today, right now, by giving your days to Jesus and those past defining days will be redefined by the saving grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.
No sin is too dark, no day, and no difficulty is too hard for God to redeem, restore, and renew.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You take sins and cleanse them white as snow, blowing them away by Your amazing grace. Jesus, thank You for Your gentle, humble heart that takes my burdens and give my soul eternal rest. Thank You that You came to bring the Good News, to set captives free, to open blind eyes, to set free those who are oppressed, downtrodden, bruised and crushed by tragedy. Thank You that You will punish the evil for their evil deeds, and You take everything the enemy meant for evil in the lives of Your children and turn it into good.
Thank You that in You I am a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come in You! Thank You, Father!
God’s Timeless Truth
Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” … “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Luke 4:18-19, NLT), (Matthew 11:28-29, NLT).
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28, NASB).
“The Lord says, ‘Come, let us talk about these things. Though your sins are like scarlet, they can be as white as snow. Though your sins are deep red, they can be white like wool” (Isaiah 1:18, NCV).
“I have swept away your sins like a big cloud; I have removed your sins like a cloud that disappears into the air. Come back to me because I saved you” (Isaiah 44:22, NCV).
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, HCSB).