It is time to Leave Behind 2009!
On the first Sunday of 2010 at Cornerstone, we recognized how difficult the year 2009 was for so many of the people in our church and community. It was not a good year. It was a year of loss. Loss of family, loss of friends, loss of jobs, loss of finances, loss of sleep, loss of a sense of security, loss of health… The list goes on and on. It was a year filled with many struggles and much stress. It was a year that most of us are more than happy to see go.
It’s a Brand New Year!
Thankfully, 2009 is behind us and we have been presented with a brand-new year. Now it’s up to each of us to erase the past and start fresh with a clean slate in 2010. In the classic TV series “Star Trek,” the common recurring enemy of the Enterprise and its crew were the “Klingons.” Ironically, we have to constantly battle an enemy of the same name in order to move forward in our lives. The problem is that many of the old habits, struggles, and issues of the past will “cling-on” to our lives unless we deal with them. That is why we need to have our past and sins “erased.”
Some of the Reasons that we all need an Eraser…
1. Everybody Makes Mistakes.
James 3:2 “We all make many mistakes.”
2. Everybody Has Hard Times.
Ecclesiastes 7:14; When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.
3. Everybody Experiences Trouble.
Psalms 138:7; Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life.
The Good News:
It’s comforting to know that our God has a big eraser! He is ready, willing, and able to cleanse us from ALL sin and unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9; “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” His grace is indeed sufficient for each and every one of us. He can erase our past and give us a new future – if we will simply allow Him to!
It’s a New Day - a New Year - a New Decade. It's a fresh opportunity for all of us -- you included -- to allow God's amazing Grace to give a brand-new start! Let's put the past far behind us. Let it be forgiven and forgotten. Let's move ahead in our lives, ahead in our faith, ahead into the promises of God that are awaiting us!
It’s Time to Win in 2010!