Christ Changes Everything – Forget the Past – You Have a New Future

2 corinthians 5 17 Phillipians 3 13 Christ before us the past behind us

There is great joy and expectation when grace takes hold in our lives and we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. This new birth in Christ changes EVERYTHING. Grace completely changes and rearranges everything about the way we think, live, breathe and act.

When Christ becomes a reality to you, He adds a whole new dimension to your life. Your life will be changed, and as your life is changed you will begin to influence and change those around you; not only in your own life, but in the lives of those in your job, your family and your church.

There is such a revolutionary change that occurs inside a person when they are redeemed, that they cannot just “add Jesus”, and carry on with their lives doing things the same way they have been. It is no longer business as usual. When Jesus becomes Lord in a person’s life, everything, and I mean “everything” changes. If you were not expecting good things to come your way before you accepted the Lord, that is about to change. You can begin to look forward with excited optimism to “more” – To feeling more, experiencing more, living more and loving more. You life will become more of a blessing to those around you. Why is that you may ask? Because a life in Christ Jesus is a richer, fuller, more fulfilling, and satisfying life.

Thank God that He made contact with you. God always initiates first contact. No matter how big of a sinner we are, God’s grace is bigger. Big sinners encounter an even bigger grace. No matter how good or righteous we may be, we can never attract grace – righteousness follows grace.

Instead of the old weight of sin that used to weigh you down, and chaos and heartache ruling your life, you can now begin to look forward to great blessings in your life. And like the infomercials say – But wait, there is more! When the blood of Jesus takes hold in your life all of a sudden your life begins to bless others lives. As you begin to interact with those around you on your job, at home with your family, and with friends and even strangers –  you will find that the love of Christ demonstrated in your life, positively affecting everyone around you.

Grace is a catalyst for change. Change for today. Change for tomorrow. In Christ you have a new birth – be excited about it. Expect miracles. Expect growth. Things are going to happen. Make room for new exciting things to start taking place in your life. In Christ you will start enlarging and expanding your way of thinking. You are a child of the King, a representative of the Living God – powered by grace, covered by the blood, and fueled with hope and promise. He is going to give you days and nights filled with exceeding joy if you can wrap your mind around what He wants to do in your life.

I know this to be true, because His Word says that He said so! God wants you to Think Big. As you use and live in kingdom principles, things are going to happen, there is going to be growth in your personal life, more abundance in your family life.

The key to all this is you. Everything depends on you! We must move and act by His Spirit working in our lives and allow ourselves to become engulfed in His glory. As we are submissive to His will we can shake up our entire existence; allowing Him to bring happiness and joy to our life and to the lives of those around us. Instead of sitting back and saying, “I’m just so glad to be saved”, be assured that grace compels us to take action and move forward. We have His assurance that if we will just act, and do something, His word becomes alive in everything that we do. If we will just stretch out our hands in faith, we will never be embarrassed, we will not fail – God will perform upon our actions. So do not hold back in your life. Expect great things to happen as you began to walk in grace realizing the power of the living God inside of you.

See God in action; experience the power of the living God.  Do something as his conduit; don’t be afraid – you’re not going to be embarrassed. Stretch out; don’t hold back – you’re not going to come up short. God is looking for you to just believe, follow His instructions. If you do, He will rock your world and the world of those around you. Just have faith in Him and step up and step out. He will perform miracles in your life.

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34 replies

  1. Very encouraging! Thank you!

  2. Darrell, WOW!!!!!!! That picture literally took my breath away! Talk about a powerful image with an even more powerful message!!!!! The gift that His has given you is amazing! Blessings my friend, thank you so much for sharing with us!

  3. Amen….I’d like to add to your insight (I just wrote this last night:)

    To me it is freedom from condemation, which came from following the law. It puts a whole new light on everything…from dark to light. In my mind it would have been like this:

    During the time of the law I had to work very hard to see even a glimpse of God, but with little success…because I still had my sin nature, and did not have the Holy Spirit. Also, because I had to try and keep over 600 laws I had little time or energy to do anything else…as well as nearly all the time I was guided by the guilt which is a heavy task master indeed.
    However, now because of grace I have absolutely no heavy task master! I am not guided by guilt any longer, because if I do sin I can go right to God with it….which frees me up totally to be guided by Christ’s love…which is an easy yoke! In fact, it is more than easy….it is opposed to the things of the flesh and the law — therefore it is opposite.
    The law took from me, and no matter how hard I worked at it, it was never satisfied and never gave back. Now however, with love being an easy yoke, a little leaven leavens the whole lump. So, I can give just a little, and it will create so much. Love does not suck me dry like the law did. No.

    Love gives both to the giver and the receiver. There is also no right or wrong way to love, as love cannot be measured even if we tried, like a law can. I learned that in my mind I even had to take love completely out of the same catagory, or even the same room or building as the law. They are different in everyway. Gentle Jesus is now our teacher and guide, not the law!!

    The ONLY similarity…is this: both involve the body. God didn’t tie strings to me. I am not a puppet.

    No, I move my body and take steps by faith. Now I trust God that my little tiny step to show love or spread peace (or any other fruit), will be multiplied by God (not by ME!)…just as the little boys small offering of loaves and fishes multiplied as Christ saw fit, to accomplish His work.

    Yes, to me, and as I see it all delightfully coming together in scripture; grace is a gift and therefore the complete opposite of the law at every single point. It was made to free us and bless us and all who our lives happen to touch in His name.

    Gal. 5:6 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”

  4. Thank God, He gives us a new slate ….what a beautiful picture will be painted if we abide in Him. Praise God. Darrell, it reminds me of one of my favorite hymns Since Jesus Came Into My Heart

    http://m.youtube.com/?reload=3&rdm=mj8x0l5ou#/watch?v=j_ysnIZWoDc&feature=related

    Thank you for sharing your blog posted on ChristianBlessings on 16 March, 2013.

    Blessings Evelyn

    Sent from my iPad

  5. Beautiful post and so encouraging. I needed this today. Thanks

  6. Darrell,
    Great post as always. Your’s are always encouraging and find them a good place to start the day.

  7. As a twelve year old, I had an opportunity to give my life to the Lord, but chose not to do it. If I had done so, then I would not have wasted the 27 years of my life between that time and my salvation. Thank God He remembered me.

    • Thank God He remembers all of us, myself included, I too wandered far away from Him, but now I an found. Thank God for His grace in Christ Jesus. Thank for sharing Larry, you are a blessing to me – In Christ Darrell

  8. Thank You LORD JESUS for saving my soul, and thank You that when i also wandered away, you waited and welcomed me back with open arms.
    Shalom Darrell to you and Gracie!!

  9. Wonderful post and site! Thank you so much for stopping by my little neck of the woods. And I’ll certainly be coming back. What a blessing! 😀

    God bless all you do,
    Dulcinea

  10. Reblogged this on mikerosoft.

  11. I really like this post!
    “Grace is a catalyst for change. Change for today Change for tomorrow”

  12. thx. for your words of faith and encouragement. Enjoy all your posts.

  13. This is great! I’ve asked JHVH many times to let me be His conduit! my same words! lol of course I use to work for an engineering company… 🙂

  14. I just took a new step and wrote a note of grace to my daughter-in-law. Thank you for your words of grace and encouragement.

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