Wednesday, May 30, 2012

God Has a Second Chance for You

My encouragement to you this week is to trust God gives second chances! He will never let you be bound by your mistakes. Call to God! He welcomes anyone who is looking for help, no matter how desperate the trouble! God can change it!

In Nahum chapter 1, it says, " God is good, a hiding place in tough times. He recognizes and welcomes anyone looking for help, No matter how desperate the trouble." So in my encouragement, I am using words given from the Bible. In this book from verse 1-10, it's telling us that God is serious business. God is to be taken seriously and take at His word. I'm seriously telling you that the Lord is full of grace. The Lord is forgiving. The Lord is very kind and very gentle. We have messed up and have asked God to help us over and over again/ We have failed at something and even right now are begging God to give us a second chance. God will do it! I'm not saying live your life to mess up and God always clean up after you but in this life we will make mistakes. That is a part of life that we will not avoid. Some mistakes can be small, while some feels like the earth has literally moved for you. God will help with both mistakes. No problem. He is a God of much grace and much forgiveness. He won't let you be bound by your mistakes. If so, how will He get the glory out of your life? I'm not saying He is just going to fix it right away either. It may take some time BUT He will do EVERYTHING that He has promised! He promised to take care of you and second chance falls under that. Maybe you've failed at something in life, and you think that dream is lost. I can tell you, though, from my own experience, that we serve the God of second chances. Whether it's marriage, a job, a relationship, health, emotions, or your finances, God hasn't given up on you. He wants to heal you, make you right, and guide you into the purpose He has for your life. If you're obedient, God will give you every tool and circumstance you need to accomplish it.

My next point to you is to never sell God short! I said it last week in my encouragement, don't put limits on God. He can do much more that we can!  We all tend to expect too little from God. We tend to imagine that he's angry with us, that he carries a grudge and refuses to give us a second chance. That's not the God of the Bible, and that's certainly not Jesus .Jesus continually reached out to people like you and me, people who need a second chance. Some had enough faith to receive it. Will you accept the second chance that God is offering you today? See God realistically. See him mending your disappointment. See him running out to meet you, to give you another chance. Your life isn't wrecked for good. The most loving, powerful being in the universe wants to heal it, and he DOES have the power and creativity to do just that.Will you trust Him to do that? Will you allow God to do what He said He would do for you? Will you let God be God?

God can change it. God can change anything that you allow God to change. But on your part, obedience is a must! You have a job to do as well. You want God to give you a second chance, but are you working to your second chance? Are you still doing the exact same thing that leaves you feeling like your progress is in cement? You have got to push forward and you have to remain obedient! Let's look at the life of Paul. Paul persecuted Christians. Paul was known for His malice he used to spread to Christians. What did God do with Him? God used Him! Paul was willing to push past his own heinous past and be obedient to God. To this day, Paul is hands down one of the most influential persons in history. God uses those who allow themselves to be used. God will give people another chance! God will give YOU another chance! Call Him!! Remain patient!! Be obedient! Hold yourself to a high standard! While getting this second chance, this is NOT THE TIME TO START SETTLING!!! You work towards the life you want when you come out of this now! Don't say,  "when I come out of this." Start on your life now while Gd is pulling you out. When you come out, enjoy and celebrate God for what He has helped you work towards...Be Blessed...

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