Walk In Truth Ministries
Dr. James Sutton II
In this series of lessons we will discover what it’s like to start a new beginning. As we continue to journey along the path of sanctification a new beginning is always possible. Having the opportunity to start fresh with God is a very exciting and thought-provoking concept. In the flesh we are decaying every day, but with God we can we can be born again. Every time you are able to open your eyes and take a breath there is the possibility to start a great new beginning. Wouldn’t it be great instead of rehashing old attitudes of complacency and step into the ring of new thoughts and promises with the new beginning. In Hebrews 8:6 the Bible talks about a better ministry producing better promises. These promises of new beginnings for all those who accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. In this series we will analyze some historical stories out of the New Testament and use as guides and examples of new beginnings. We look back through the lenses of grace and begin to understand how good God is in regards to new beginnings. I have one question, are you ready for a new beginning this year at this moment? Don’t sleep on this opportunity to begin again.
So let’s look at the author of new beginnings I’m going to look at first the story of creation, where it all began. Let’s look at Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God”. A seemingly small sentence but a pretty large theological package and very practical in its application of our thoughts. In God’s sovereignty is a reference point of new beginnings. In other words everything that we know started in the beginning with God. There is nothing that is created that is seen are unseen that was not made manifest by God. Looking through the lenses of the New Testament we see the apostle John in his gospel verse 1:1 write, “in the beginning was the word and the word was God”. So we have two accounts the Old Testament and the New Testament stating that time as we know it begins with God. So if we had sufficiently established God as the author of beginnings in creation, then he is also the author and finisher of our new beginnings by faith. (Ecclesiastes 1:9) Therefore, having new beginnings simply is the state of being aware of what God has desire to reveal to you in time and space. There is a certain amount of revelation that will happen to you just because you’re on the journey of life. Then there’s another far greater revelation that you can experience because of your desire to have a better relationship with him. God will not withhold any good gift from his children that will allow Him to have a deeper appreciation of who God is. (Psalms 84:11) In James 1:17 writes, “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above coming down from the father of lights with whom there is no variance or shadow due to change”. Let’s think about this, in the beginning was the word so the word was in creation, we should be able to surmise that our new beginnings will start with words and actions based totally in the faith of God. There’s a place in our human DNA where thoughts transformed themselves into words not always audible, but words that move us in directions. The Bible calls this the heart where our desires stream from and are regulated by our mind, which in turns controls our mouth. We know that the heart is deceitful by Scripture. The writer Luke states, (Luke 6:45) “the good person out of the good treasure of his heart produce good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” We notice there are two distinctively different kinds of hearts one is good and the other is bad. In order to have a new and more fulfilling relationship with God is to change one’s heart and renew one’s mind. I remember growing up as a child and as I began to mature to receive my heart’s desires from my parents there was conditions placed upon me. One of the conditions was I would have to obey my parents and treat them with respect and love. The other condition was that my desire would be something that they believed because of their love for me it would advance me in maturity and bring me closer to them in love. Just as good parents depending on my relationship with them and my yielding to their authority the answer was always yes. But, if I was not ready or it was something that would bring harm to me the answer was maybe and no. No, was only given when it was determined to be harmful for me based on their life experiences. Their decision was never based upon their lording over me as my parents but in love of wanting what’s best.
Considering this I believe I can say that my heavenly father will say yes as long as it falls in line with his desire to reveal to me my purpose. God describes our purpose as,” work”. So your new beginning will always result in you moving closer in your revelation of your special assignment given by God. Along the way he will equip you with certain gifts that will allow you to flourish in your pursuit. All you have to do is decide to be a face in the race and not a fan in the stands. Your job is to press and pursue and keep running. (Philippians 3:11-15) You need to keep on pressing forward because God wants to do something new in your life today, “now faith” (Hebrews 11:1& 12:1-2)
Your homework assignment is to go home for the next three months try to memorize Isaiah 43:18-19 and put it in your heart that God wants to do something new. Follow the scripture and meditate day and night and asked God to show you your new beginning.
(Isa 43:18) "Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.
(Isa 43:19) Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.