100 Day Identity Makeover: Day 42
People embrace a fresh start. New Year’s resolutions are popular because the opportunity to make a positive change speaks hope. If something in your life is not at the standard you desire, you can resolve to take action and improve it.
God’s Word gives you an even greater hope: you are being renewed day by day. Does it encourage you to know that you don’t have to wait for the start of a new year to begin a new path of progress? God has a plan for daily renewal, and it starts on any given day and continues throughout your life!
What does God’s renewal look like?
“Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). The Father’s focus is always the heart; His work is an internal one. Man tends to place more importance on external factors; he emphasizes the need for things to come into alignment with his ideal plan, and then he will have a heart at rest. This mindset is especially true when it comes to your relationships. You find it easier to assess the other as the cause of your unrest. But God wants to work daily renewal in your heart so that the attitudes and behaviors of others do not affect your peace. Yes, it’s possible!
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength (Isaiah 40:30-31).
I spoke with a young mother about her frustrations in marriage. Life is definitely challenging on many levels for her, and she is weary. But those who hope in the Lord… She welcomed my desire to pray with her, and as we positioned ourselves before the All-knowing One, she received wisdom and focus for enduring her battle. In fact, renewal was a word that the Lord impressed upon me to speak over her. God’s desire is for her to receive strength and to persevere.
Renewal is an amazing by-product of a trusting heart. When you give your cares to the Lord, He restores your peace. With a childlike faith, you believe that the Father has heard your prayers, He is responding and promoting His goodness in your life, and that is all you need. But, if for some reason you allowed your reasoning mind to disrupt that trust, then today is a new start to begin walking in faith again.
Praise the Lord… who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalm 103: 2,5).
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Identify and write down five factors that have negatively affected your ability to trust another. Look up scriptures that address God’s faithfulness and write one beside each trust issue you listed. Pray and ask the Father for renewal of childlike faith.