Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year...New ME!

Tonight, on Apple TV, I watched as Anthony Evans lead worship live. Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale counted down with him leading into the New Year. I was refreshed singing familiar worship songs, but his message resonated most with my heart. 

In between sets, he gave his testimony -sharing how he, being the son of well-known pastor - Tony Evans, would condemn himself and be gilt ridden over the sins he struggled with. His dad's congregation put pressures on him which lead him to write an awesome song about his freedom in Christ. Where there is no condemnation.

The song was beautiful. It was refreshing. It was holy. It is my anthem I plan to download and play loudly. Those times when satan wants to make me feel worthless for a foolish decision I have made. Or for those many "Mommy Moments" I wish I could erase. For freedom from those habits I haven't kicked and need release from.

Tonight I am reminded of Truth. That my Heavenly Father doesn't condemn me but loves me unconditionally through the ugly I am struggling with. Through whatever you have struggled with in 2013. It's a NEW YEAR! Full of HOPE! Repent and start over! His mercies are new. Let your burden of last year be lifted! Let Go!

Be reminded that HE has thrown your sin far into the depths of the ocean & thinks of them no more.

It's a NEW YEAR! HE has compassion, runs toward me, and celebrates as I repent and start anew!

 Luke 15:18-24 
  18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Pray that HE would reveal truth in your life today & throughout 2014 too!

It's a new year. Ask for forgiveness and let go of the past. Run into His arms with excitement as it's a new year & a new you!  

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