Time for a Fresh Start (Ps. 51:10)
Theme: Do overs aren’t always possible, but renewals always are.
Introduction: How many times during the last year have you wanted a do-over? Maybe it is the universal truth that we all want to re-start at times is what makes January 1 such an optimistic moment for so many people. he word, renew means to start over…to begin again. It’s the idea that we can leave behind the mess and find ourselves again at square one. In life sometimes this isn’t completely possible—a New Year’s resolution is maybe the closest we can come, because consequences of the past can linger. Spiritually, though, God offers us a clean slate. We can confess our sins to him, and choose to follow and obey Him. He promises to wipe them clean and give us a fresh start. Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” God, renew me. Give me a re-start for the New Year, spiritually. If we ask Him earnestly, and come to Him with a humble heart, He will do it. I want to suggest to us today, 5 areas we can use a fresh start in this New Year…
Conclusion: Many times during the last year we have no doubt, wanted a do-over? And maybe it is the universal truth that we all want to re-start at times is what makes January 1 such an optimistic moment for so many people. The word, renew means to start over…to begin again. And to make this New year a great year, we can! With God’s help – do overs aren’t always possible; but renewals always are!