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A NEW JOURNAL — Living By Faith by Evangelist Charity E. Sephus

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away; behold all things become new- 2 Corinthians 5:17

A new day deserves a new attitude, activity, and results. If you journal in the morning, make a decree to have the best day possible.

The delight of gracious deeds and kindness multiplies like flowers in your heart making you feel good, becoming timber for your mansion in heaven.

Enjoy other people! You might even like them, and grow to love them deeply, because your “.labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Give thanks to God at bedtime saying “Lord I have done my best; as I go to take my rest, let my name be with the blessed.”

Philippians 3:13, 14 “..this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind… reaching forth unto those things which are before, I PRESS toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Forgetting makes room for newness of life. You have made a serious investment in your future knowing there is no life in the past. Morning wakes us to new joys and mercies. Evening brings us hope of new pleasures. The sun shines in our hearts reflecting the accomplishments of yesterday which is gone and tomorrow is controlled only by God.

There are times when you should say emphatically “FORGET IT!” On this new day, let us turn the page in our journal or perhaps we should start a new journal where none of the displeasures of the past will be entered. How about starting today’s clean sheet of those lovely loveable things as described in Philippians 4: 8.“Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on (write of) these things”.

There are things that we must forget about life. Forget our wrong and purpose to get “it” right. We can increase our own happiness by forgetting our neighbors shortcomings. Delete the slander that we’ve heard. Forget the temptations and fault findings giving little thought to the cause which provoked it. Forget the peculiarities of your friends; only remember the good points which make you fond of them. Forget all personal quarrels or histories we may have heard by accident, which, if repeated, would seem a thousand times worse than they are, blot out memories that grow larger when you remember them, and erase constant thought of the acts of meanness. Rehearsing those ills is worse still, as malice, will only tend to make you more familiar with them. Obliterate everything disagreeable from yesterday and write upon today’s clean sheet those lovely and loveable things. Let’s not be cheated out of our blessings on our celebratory day.

We must forget each kindness that we do as soon as we have done it for the glory of God. Forget the praise that comes to us the moment we say thank you, to avoid being “puffed up”. Remember every kindness from people and praise a good deed pleasantly; remember every promise and keep it. Remember those who lend aid, and be sweetly grateful. It’s time to experience God’s peace which is far more wonderful than our minds can understand. “The peace of God is able to keep our hearts and minds” quietly at rest as we trust in Jesus.

We don’t want to forget the sunshine or the rain. Remember, you need both! Some of our strange and unasked blessings are just God’s mercy drops. When God gives sunshine at the time of need, we must bask in it. Just as we fill our pantry in the summer, let’s store up the sunshine. God’s grand promise is echoed in St. Luke 12:32 saying “It is your Father’s pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Because our faith in God is real, we don’t have to be alarmed on stormy days but take advantage of the quietness and communicate faithfully in the Spirit.

While we delight in being NEW CREATURES, let that be enough. Take it easy! God takes good care of his own. The most consummately beautiful thing in the world is the rightly fashioned life of a Christian, a new creature, a chosen one, a royal priestly one.