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Every Day’s a New Beginning Devotion 

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Day 1

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Have you ever had a bad experience with a Christian, which has altered your perception of Christ? Have you seen people claiming to be Christians, but yet, act otherwise? How has this affected your faith?

Many of us judge each other. It is in our nature. You know the saying, “You only get one chance at a first impression”? And as someone who has worked in the beauty industry for several years, I know most judging occurs before people even open their mouths. Sometimes this is necessary and harmless, other times it is unfair and harmful.

When Samuel was looking for a new King over Israel, he approached it as an “iron man” contest (or a CrossFit competition).  He looked for men who were strong, tall, impressive. But God had other plans. God choose David…the “runt” of his family. So much so that when Samuel came around to Jesse’s  household to assess Jesse’s sons…they left David out in the field attending the sheep. (See, Cinderella was not an original story. The Bible is FULL of Cinderella stories). When God told Samuel to choose David, Samuel didn’t understand…a mere boy? ruddy in complexion? a shepherd boy? who was unimpressive by every worldly standard? But God told Samuel:

The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)

The Lord looks at our hearts. We too need to give people a chance, to look into their hearts. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting (Proverbs 31). We need to look much deeper. That goes for Christians who judge others, and non believers who judge Christians. The truth is, Christians are human. We all sin. We all fall short. No one is perfect. In fact, many christians, before they came to know Christ, were lost and had some pretty crummy pasts. (Parable of the Lost Son). We are ALL prodigals.

We need to have compassion, grace, and PATIENCE with each other. Jesus says that where sin increases, so God’s grace increases all the more (Romans 5:20).Think about it this way:

You have a credit card. You spend more than you can pay, and you keep spending. You just can’t help yourself. You try to keep up with all your friends who have the latest fashions, or the flashiest houses…but you realize, with ever swipe you make, you are unable to ever repay your debts.

Then you meet this amazing man. He tells you he loves you and wants to pay off all your debts for you. You are so grateful. You can’t believe someone would give you all they possess, just so you can be free from the burden you have caused for yourself.

But then what? Do you keep overspending? Do you return to your vices and build back your debt? Or, do you accept the offer and have all your debts repaid, and then stop your overspending? This might mean that you have to change your way of thinking. Instead of comparing yourself to those around you, you trust in what this man tells you. He tells you that you don’t need to compare yourself to others. That you are perfect the way you are. That He thinks you are amazing just as you are. That He loves you so much He would die for you. Just as any new relationship, you lose sight of everything else, and hang on his every last word. And you start to change. It’s the little things at first. You ask Him to help you say no to your overspending, and He gives you strength and encouragement to say no. Because you know that saying “NO” to the things that once ensnared you, means saying “YES” to Him. And you can’t do both. Saying “YES” to Christ, means saying “NO” to your old self- to things that are not good for you, or for those around you.

Everyone’s relationship with Christ is different. I can’t tell you what God has purposed for your life. And the Bible says that what blesses one, may hinder another. That is why I believe it is important to have a relationship with Christ, so that the Holy Spirit can guide you and give you insight and depth of knowledge on a day to day basis. I know that being a Christian, and having a relationship with Jesus (praying, reading my bible, and asking Him questions) has made so much of an impact in my life. I know that I have been successful in many things, all in order to glorify Him. I have so many stories…on a daily basis, of how I’ve seen God work in my life. Situations that when I tell others, they are blown away. I am continually amazed by God’s love. By his patience, grace, and mercy. I never feel condemned or judged by God, but I do feel his love, guidance, and support in every aspect of my life.

What about you? To quote my amazing Mother…How is your prayer life? Are you in a realm of anxiety, stress, depression? Are you nervous or scared of where life is bringing you? Then as your self this question (thanks mom) :

Have you Prayed about it as much as you’ve complained about it?

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