Pleasant Home UMC
Friday, February 12, 2016
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
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January 17 - Repentance - Matthew 3:1-11
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From the Pastor’s Desk...
The New Year always brings new hope to most people, and it is the time that most people are excited about: the idea of a new beginning. It is time for a fresh start and start over. It brings new energy, a new vision and new life for most people. People are looking forward to this new adventure, so that they would have a chance to make things right. However, that’s not always the case. Moreover, people talk about all the changes to make things right, but often they are unable to make those changes. Why? I believe it’s because people don’t really forsake the sins of the past. People can talk about the new beginning and look forward to starting something new, but they are not willing to let go of their old habits such as, shame, regret, hurt, guilt and pains from the past. Thereby, they carry these things into the following year and continue to live their lives in the same old way. Well, here is good news for you. If you really want changes in your life, you need to make up your mind to forsake all your failures from last year. Do not be afraid to let those go!
For example, we read in Hebrews 11, Moses’ parents were not afraid of the king’s command to kill Moses, and they decided to keep him because he was a handsome boy. Hence, we have to decide to keep only the blessings from God in this coming year. We both know that God’s way is the only way for us. Moses is a good example of a man who forsook everything to follow God. Moses had everything going right for him: He was raised in Pharaoh’s household; he had the authority, power and the privilege to live a wonderful life in Egypt. Yet, he had compassion for his Jewish people. However, he killed an Egyptian man because he was beating one of his fellow Jewish men. As the result, he was driven out of Egypt.
Indeed, life was very difficult for Moses and it seemed as if he was going to spend the rest of his life in the desert, but God called him to deliver His people from Egypt. Of course, Moses had to forsake the pleasure of having a good life, power and wealth in order to follow God. He refused to be a part of the royal family. In other words, he made a decision that he was not going to accept any benefits through any other way, other than God’s way. Therefore, if you’re going to have an anointed new beginning, you have to make a decision to forsake your Egypt (your past) and do everything through God’s way. No exception!
Let us start this New Year by following God’s way.