There are many reasons people love America. One is because it stands as a place of hope. People that come to our country have heard that In America, anything is possible. They have heard, In America, anyone has the opportunity to achieve success. Of course America also stands for freedom and liberty and many other things that could be written about. I would like to focus on hope. People see our country as a place of hope. For those of us who have been born in and lived in this country all their lives, this powerful word has possibly become dull to us. To someone who has come to this country from another—especially if the place they came from was in turmoil, this land of hope means great things to them. It mostly means the opportunity for a fresh start to create a new life and succeed in a supportive atmosphere.
To anyone who is a Christian, this should be one of the most empowering and ongoing truths of our life. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 TLB says, “When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! All these new things are from God who brought us back to Himself through what Christ Jesus did…”
God is telling us that He is the one who has the power and ability to make our lives new and give us more than a fresh start. He can give us a new start. Romans 12:2 uses the word “transformed” which comes from the word metamorphose—analogous of a caterpillar transformed to a butterfly. It means to be transfigured or completely changed. Don’t like your present life because it has to much of the world in it. Or maybe to much doubt and unbelief? God gives the hope that this is a problem that can be solved. The verse says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed (completely changed) by the renewing of your mind…” What do we renew our minds to? To God’s perspective of love and life instead of the distorted personal view of life we’ve created. He is the creator of all. It is His perspective and understanding we should seek and follow after.
To those who have received Jesus as their Savior, there CAN BE a powerful work of the Holy Spirit within us. Romans 8:11 NIV says, “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.” Are you catching the strength and power of this verse? It is the source for all hope! This verse says that it is the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus Christ from the dead who is also at work within us! Every true Christian has the Holy Spirit within them. So the question is, is this Spirit at work in us? Only if we engage in His promises by faith.
The devil would like to have us think that we are helpless, can’t change, can’t overcome our flesh, and that we can’t accomplish God-given dreams in our heart because we inept or incapable. What a lie from the pit that is! We absolutely do face limitations in our own ability, but God’s grace (His supernatural mercy and help) is our strength to do what He leads us to do in the face of our weaknesses! What we accomplish isn’t about what we accomplish. What we accomplish is about what God accomplishes through us.
Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
God wants to do a new thing in us. In you read this entire chapter of Isaiah, you’d see that for many, this won’t be true because they’ve drifted and walked away from God, and don’t know of or have forgotten His love and His desire to work in and through them. They don’t praise Him for who He is. How about you? Do you know your God? Do you know His will for your life? Did you know that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is the power that CAN BE at work in and through you by faith? It’s true but it’s up to you!
To me this always creates and renews great hope! I have watched God transform my life little by little over the past 39 years and it has been nothing short of miraculous. I won’t let it stop now. The 4th of July represents freedom and liberty and hope. God gives us the freedom of choice to follow Jesus, the liberty to believe in His promises, and a fresh new hope that each day He is with us Each day he will give us the strength to make new changes and say Yes to Him and No to those things that steal from the hope and life and success God wants us to experience. I don’t just hope I can do things. If I believe the desires in my are from God and part of His plan, I know I can make the changes to do them. I have the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead transforming my life and helping me in all I say and do! Do you? Just remember that as a Christian, you don’t fall into the same category as the world. You also have the transforming power of God available within you.
Ask God to create godly desires and goals for every part of your life! Let your motivation be your love for Him knowing He also wants His best for you! Pray and ask Him to speak to you consistently through His Word. (That means you’ll have to spend time in His Word to hear from Him.) He’ll lead your heart through His Word. He is God. He can and will if you earnestly seek Him with the expectation to hear, and let it become more than a one day quest! He’ll honor your faith, speak to your heart, lead you by His Spirit and do a “new thing” in your life!
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT) “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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