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On the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace (2 Cor. 4:16 MSG)
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#359, 8th January 2019
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A New Year's Message from Peter Wade

You Can Begin Again
The new year is a valuable time, for God gives you an opportunity to begin again! When you first became a Christian, a New Creation in Christ, God made "all things become new" in your life (II Corinthians 5:17).

But since then, some have lost the thrill of being a child of God, some have found that believing seems harder than it was before. Yet, you can begin again! Some are having difficulty getting their priorities right: Go For the Best — God, Family, Business. Some can’t seem to get ahead with their bills. Some don't feel as physically fit as they once were. Some relationships need more work. To all these — and more — God says: You Can Choose To Begin Again!

One Bible character who demonstrated this so clearly is Isaac — read the account in Genesis 26:12-33. Isaac was a man who believed in applying God’s positive principles. "Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundred-fold: and the Lord blessed him" (v.12). The principle of giving and receiving worked then, and it is still working today. 

When the local people saw Isaac’s abundance, they were jealous — they developed a negative reaction to a positive blessing. So negative were they that they decided that if they could not get such an abundance then no-one was going to enjoy prosperity. They proceeded to fill in the wells of water and had their king invite Isaac to move to some other part of the country! 

Read the conclusion of this New Years' message and see how Isaac handled the challenge. 


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