A God of Second Chances

The Apostle Paul said this in Philippians 3:12-3:14 (The Message)

 

I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward to Jesus. I'm off and running and I'm not turning back.

 

When I look at these verses, I can say that the Apostle Paul and I have a few things in common. We have both made our share of mistakes. Haven't we all? I don't know where you are at right now, but there was a time in my life when all my mistakes were piled up so high around me that I could not move. There was absolutely nothing I could do, and I was miserable and I was without hope.

 

That is when I learned that I wasn't alone, that I wasn't helpless. I discovered that Jesus was just standing on the other side of all the junk in my life, knocking on my door and asking to come into my life.

 

When I asked Jesus to come into my life, I began to learn of Him in a brand new way. I found out that my failures were not final. I discovered that Jesus could redeem my mistakes, and that my future was one that I could look to with hope and confidence, rather than dread and apprehension. 

 

Don't let your past rule your future. Ask Jesus to forgive you and He will. Read His Word and discover a God who wants to speak to you, personally! Stop doing what the Bible calls sin, and you will find the God of second chances too. 

The Lord says, "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more" (Jeremiah 31:34). That's why the Bible says, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). 

It is wonderful that God gives us a chance to do it over. The Bible says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come" (2 Corinthians 5:17). Is it time for you to meet the God of second chances? 

 

If you answered "yes" to that question and would like to tell us about it, or if you have more questions to ask, please send us an email to bcnorth1@bcnorth.org! God bless you!

 

-Pastor Paul Anderson

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