Morning Moments

with Sandra Bivens Smith

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Brand New

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

We fixTwo cups of coffee on the table in the garden our hair and put on our make-up.  Every morning its the same – we begin our day with our beauty make-over.  Creams to plump out the wrinkles, little bottles of color to hide the gray, shades of bronze and tan and rose to make us glow.  We apply our potions, look in the mirror and think to ourselves – “hmmm, I look good!”.  But then, come around 6:00ish in the evening, we come dragging in, not looking quite so fresh.  That’s the thing about our own beauty efforts, the results are only temporary.  Even the best of beauty products can only hide the imperfections, and eventually, it all fades away.

Here is the best part.  When Christ comes into our lives as our Lord and Savior, He doesn’t change us.  I repeat…

Jesus does not change us.

Unlike our make-up, He doesn’t just make us look and feel and act different – He makes us a brand new creation! He doesn’t cover our past sins, He eradicates them – every one of them.

Remember the words from Psalms 103:12? “as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.”

If you find yourself living in the shadows of your past, if you keep going back to God, rehashing those old failures from days gone by, stop it.  You are wasting your time.

For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,    and I will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12




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How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” (Isaiah 52:7)

The world sure could sure use some good news about now, wouldn’t you agree?

If you’re a child of God, you’ve got the best news of all, the Good News that is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In this world of confusion, violence and turmoil – you have the message of peace.

In this world of anger – you have the good news of happiness.

In this world of fear and hopelessness – you have the word of salvation.

As followers of Christ we have been entrusted with a great message. It is a message that people desperately need, and I believe one that they are longing for.  So why do we hesitate?  Let us confidently and with joy shout from the mountain top – “Our God reigns”!



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