Getting a new start on life is something for which many people long. They know they are suffering from their past mistakes. But they see no way out. They are stuck. Part of the problem is that they are in a rut as far as their own personal feelings. Bitterness and anger really have the upper hand. And they ask, “How in the world am I going to change? To improve the family or financial mess I’m in, I’ve got to get my own personal life together. I’m a mess and I know it.”
If this is how you feel, you need to turn to the God of the Bible. He is in the business of changing people on the inside. When God changes a person, he changes how they think and how they feel. God changes a person’s heart. He changes how they think about themselves and about others. He bridles their emotions, cures the sin of anger, and takes away bitterness. He points people in a new direction by making them willing and happy to do good. Sometimes you know very well that when you want to do good, you can’t. The power is not within you. So you literally need a new start on life.
We call this new start and change of heart the new birth. We are born again by the power of God’s Holy Spirit performing radical heart surgery upon us. The Bible talks a great deal about this work of God. Listen, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances” (Ezekiel 36:26-27). Perhaps you need a new heart.
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