Topic: For Everyone Who Needs a Second Chance
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)
Daily Hope Devotional 26 April 2022 MESSAGE
The Bible is full of people who got a second chance. God is the God of second chances—and hundredth and thousandth chances!
Abraham, who is called the father of faith, pretended his wife was his sister because he didn’t have faith that God would protect him. Moses murdered someone. Jonah ran from his assignment. Rahab worked as a prostitute. David committed adultery and had the woman’s husband put to death. And yet every one of these people are in God’s “hall of fame” in Hebrews 11.
God loves to give second chances. If you had to be perfect to receive God’s grace, no one would stand a chance!
Job got some of the best advice for recovering what has been lost in your life and returning to God’s original plan for you: “Put your heart right, Job. Reach out to God. Put away evil and wrong from your home. Then face the world again, firm and courageous. Then all your troubles will fade from your memory, like floods that are past and remembered no more. Your life will be brighter than sunshine at noon, and life’s darkest hours will shine like the dawn. You will live secure and full of hope; God will protect you and give you rest” (Job 11:13-18 GNT).
What an amazing promise! When you repent of your mistakes, God always offers another chance. You only have to reach out to him, and you will be able to face the world and your future again with courage and hope.
If you want to move forward into God’s awesome dream for your life, then you’re going to have to shut the door on the past. You’re going to have to give up your grief, your guilt, and your grudges so that you can move forward in faith.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV).
The darkest days of your past will shine like the dawn. Streams will spring up in the wasteland of your pain.
Hallelujah! This is what Jesus offers to you today when you submit to him and his dream for your life.
Thank you for reading Daily Hope Devotional 26 April 2022 By Rick Warren
Talk It Over
- God’s grace is based not on your goodness but on his goodness. What does that say about God’s character?
- What are some of the ways you can tell that a person is living in God’s grace?
- How can you show God that you are ready to get his dream for your life?
Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness and start a new life with Christ?
God promised that for those who believe in Jesus, there is no condemnation. He sent Jesus to save you from your sin. His death on the cross paid for every wrong you’ve ever done or will do. And by sacrificing himself for your sins and giving you his righteousness, Jesus made it possible for you to have a relationship with God, the Father.
And the good news doesn’t stop there. God also raised Jesus from the dead, proving his power over sin and death. And that makes it possible for you to spend eternity with him in heaven.
If you’re ready to surrender your life to Jesus Christ, start by praying this simple prayer: “Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is your Son. I believe that he died for my sins and that you raised him to life. I want to trust him as my Savior and follow him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
If you just prayed to accept Jesus, please email me at Rick@PastorRick.com and let me know about it. I’d like to send you some free materials to help you start your journey with Jesus.
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