Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tomorrow Can Be Different

Pastor Blake Cromwell

Recently I was once again struck by the fact that countless people feel stuck — stuck in old habits, stuck in debt, stuck in damaging relationships, stuck in the pain of the past — and they have given up hope for the future. As human beings we have a tendency to become accustomed to whatever situation we find ourselves in and after a while we assume that life will always continue in the same way. Don’t buy it. Tomorrow can be different, and let me tell you how and why.

First, you need to trust God for personal transformation. Paul says in 2 Corinthians, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation….” The very first step in finding hope for tomorrow is to find hope in Christ for today. When we trust our lives to Him, He forgives our past and gives us a new life for the future. His promise is one of complete personal transformation. That was great news back when I first accepted Christ as a hippie in the 60s and it’s still great news today as I continue to experience His transformation in my heart and mind.

Second, you need to trust God to give you the ability to overcome daily problems. Problems and difficulties are a fact of life. If you don’t have any problems, check your pulse. The key to overcoming the problems of life is allowing Christ’s power to operate in you. Paul tells us in Romans that “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Paul knew the secret of living a victorious life (note, I didn’t say “problem-free life”), he knew how to tap into that same power that enabled Christ to raise from the dead and apply it to the issues of the present. True Christianity is being empowered by the Holy Spirit who enables one to overcome daily problems (“Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” I Jn. 4:4).

Third, you need to trust God to give you the ability to overcome the past. We all have a past and many find themselves crippled by it — past bad decisions and sinful actions, damaged relationships, abuse we have received and given — these are the dregs of a past we so badly want to overcome. The good news is that Christ knows all your past and He came, not to rub it in, but to rub it out. He came to change you and I so that we would no longer need to look at the past and say, “If only.” Christ’s promise is to forgive all of our sins and to make us into new people.

If you find yourself stuck in a life=situation or pattern that you know is damaging, bring God into the equation. Trust that he can give you the ability to change personally, to overcome your daily problems, and to overcome the regret and shame of the past. All you have to do is ask and allow Christ to become your Leader.

The pastors of Kings County would love to see you and your family in church this Sunday and there you can find out once again how your tomorrow can be different.

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