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Second Chances

My future hangs on this

Our future is in the hands of the Almighty God. Crazy right? He knows exactly what His plans for us are. Jeremiah 29:11 says – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Here we are worrying about what is going to happen, and God already knows! God even tells us not to worry about our future. Matthew 6:27&34 say this – “Can any one of you, by worrying, add a single hour to your life? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” God has an amazing plan for each and every person’s lifeI mean that. Every person in this world has a purpose and a plan that God has set out just for them. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it. Sometimes it feels like we are lost and alone and hopeless. Often we doubt our ability to fulfill whatever plan God has for us. Or we get angry because He hasn’t shown us what to do, or where to go. I, like many others, am guilty of falling into every single category there. I tend to think that I am too broken, and have made too many mistakes for God to use me. But that is not the case.

Fragments of brokenness salvaged by the art of grace you craft life from our mistakes

Ah yes, the broken state of us humans. Beaten down, torn up, ripped apart, hearts shattered. Bodies scarred, bruised, and battered. Minds ripped up from wars against ourselves: our temptations, our thoughts, our desires. I think you can agree with me, we’re all a mess, in one way or another. One thing has been incredibly encouraging to me recently – God loves using broken people. People who’ve hit rock bottom, people who’ve messed up way more times than they can count, people who trip and fall back into things they said they wouldn’t. It is all throughout the Bible. Broken people are like God’s go-to’s. It makes sense if you think about it. People who’ve been broken and gone through extreme circumstances are more likely to willingly do what God asks of them, because they know how it feels to hit rock bottom.

Black skies of my regrets outshone by this kindness; new life dawns over my soul

One of the hardest things to overcome in life is the past. The past is filled with darkness, regrets, pain, and a lot of other ugly things. I’m sure everyone can agree that they’ve done at least one thing in the past that they regret, and would rather forget. The past is a very easy place to live. It taps on your shoulder, and invites you to walk backwards with it. At times it feels like our past will consume us. There is good news though! GOD. DOESN’T. CARE. ABOUT. YOUR. PAST. As long as you have repented and are saved, your past is covered in the blood of Jesus Christ and God has completely forgotten about it. So while it may linger in our minds, remember that God can use even the deadest darkest past, for His glory. He has given us a new life in Him, our past no longer has control over us. We can move forward in God’s plan for our lives because our past is covered in the blood of Jesus. While we may stumble and fall back into our past occasionally, God is kind and forgiving and always willing to keep using us for His glory, we just have to let Him.

Oh Your cross, it changes everything. There my world begins again with You. Oh, Your cross, it’s where my hope restarts; a second chance is heaven’s heart

Yes, God has an amazing plan for each and every one of our lives. No matter where we’ve been, what we’ve done, what we struggle with, how many times we’ve turned away from Him, or what our past looks like, He still has a plan for us. All because of Christ’s cross, we’ve been given more second chanced than we can count. The Lord has given us hope for our futures. Almighty God has a plan for you, and it is going to be amazing. Jeremiah 29:11 -“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Countless second chances we’ve been given at the cross

Click here to listen to Second Chance by Rend Collective (The Rend Collective Experiment)


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