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God Makes All Things New

January 2, 2009

We had a great response to the last message of 2008. Close to 100 people came forward to shed their sins, failures, unforgiveness of 2008 by literally shredding what they wrote down that they wanted for forget and put behind them on a half sheet of paper.

The following is an e-mail that I received from Rosemary Watson. She and her husband Lindell have had a rough end to 2008. Her optimism and faith in Christ needs to be spread! I hope you enjoy reading the e-mail as much as I did. I pray it encourages you as it did me. Gordon

The new year has begun!.  Our pastor Gordon Small reminded us last Sunday that we need to “remember the right things and forget the right things” as we move into the new year.  Forget the hurts and fears of last year, but remember what God taught you through them.  Forget your failures and disappointments.  Remember how God showed you His compassion and gave you peace and victory in times of sorrow.  Write your resentments and failures on a piece of paper and put it into the shredder.

The past year was a time of struggle and hardship for us because my husband had four severe fractures on October 13 when he was riding his bicycle on a busy street and was hit by a pickup truck.  He has come a long way and can now get around with a walker or wheelchair.  He is still building strength in his leg muscles and dealing with poor circulation and discomfort in his right foot.  The lower leg bones were broken near his ankle, and he still has some swelling and coldness in that foot.

But God has given us assurance that he will recover.  God gave us the patience and hope we needed during the past three months as he was in the hospital and skilled nursing center.  Lindell came home the week before Christmas.  He is now enjoying our little dog Pogo and all the sights and sounds of this happy season.  After weeks of a poor appetite and losing 15 pounds, he is again eating well and gaining strength.

So we look back on the past as a time of victory, for God helped us in many ways.  We want to forget our sorrow and fears and remember how God answered prayer.  God’s compassions are new every morning; great is His faithfulness!  (Lamentations 3:22-23). He promises to make all things new and He will give us new joys in the coming year.

We want to let God’s word dominate our thoughts.  We choose to put aside the past and reach forward to the future blessings that God has for us (Philippians 3:12-14).  “This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me” (Psalm 119:50).  God has taught us new things about resting in Him when our circumstances seem to overwhelm us.

What is it about your past that is dragging you down?  Commit it to the Lord and put it out of your mind.  Confess your sin and failure to trust Him.  This new year will be a joyful time if we fix our minds on Jesus and trust Him for guidance in everything we do.

Rosemary Watson

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  1. January 3, 2009 12:09 am

    AMEN!!!! wow! Thats great and it will be amazing how God will be able to use us more than we have ever imagined if we keep small accounts with him this new year and not let any attack from the enemy drag us down. If we decide to give it to God and allow His will to work in our lives…. its going to be awesome!!

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