Turning Over a New Leaf

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How many times have we heard people promise to “turn over a new leaf”? They have the best of intentions, but the root problem is still there. They may resolve to lessen their amount of extramarital sexual activity yet keep putting themselves in the same situations. They promise to try to attend church more yet don’t set an alarm clock on Sundays. These people will follow through for a few weeks and then flake out. Why? Because there has not been a change of mind and heart. Without that, you will continue in your same old ways and maybe even get worse.

We need a change from God, not one we mustered up. Scripture says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John‬ ‭1:12-13‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Notice it says “one of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” God’s Spirit convicts us of sin. Until we have a hatred for our old ways, we will continue the way we are. 

“Turning over a new leaf” is not your answer. A life-changing, heart-changing, mind-changing relationship with Jesus Christ is your answer. He will make all things new, so stop the daily affirmations and good intentions. Give your life to Christ, THEN resolve to live the Holy life to which He has called you.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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