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Fresh results provided through continued faith

Voices of Religion

Posted: August 10, 2012 - 9:12am

Fresh fish! Lots of them. It takes just hours to catch the fish but days to process them in jars, or put in the freezer, and in the smoker.

Fresh fish are in great supply. Fresh caught halibut or salmon just taste better. In the winter when fresh fish aren’t available the canned or frozen fish will be great, but right now fresh is the best.

Summer time produce is plentiful too. Rhubarb, cucumbers, and other vegetables are all quite abundant and fresh. Fresh fruit and berries are a treat.

Fresh flowers, fresh bread, fresh water, even fresh air; the list can go on with the goodness of fresh things.  

The people of Israel learned the value of fresh food. They lacked food in their wilderness journey, so God provided for them. Each morning they had manna, except on the Sabbath. They still had enough for that day because they gathered twice as much the day before. They learned to gather fresh manna every day it was available.

Amazingly, the supply of fresh manna continued throughout their forty-year journey. God was always there with his promises, presence, and provision.

Jesus said, “I am the living bread.” He offered abundant life in the spiritual realm. He showed his power to give life many times with resurrections of youth and young adults. No doubt their lives after that were vibrant and vigorous.

Both the need and the potential for fresh blessings from the Lord are very real.  The songwriter put it very well:

Lord, you know I need a brand new touch,

My strength from yesterday is gone.

And if you’ll give me, Lord, another touch,

I’ll have the strength to carry on.

— L. Wolfe

A new beginning. Another chance. A fresh start. God is good at providing these opportunities. Moreover, the Lord knows the end from the beginning (see Isaiah 46:10). That is why it is good to trust him.

Once fresh faith is implemented and new life has begun, it is important to not only maintain but also gain new levels of blessing in the Lord. A changed life is worth living to the fullest extent.

James said that no fountain could yield both salt water and fresh (see James 3:12). It can only be one or the other. The obvious choice is fresh water. 

Jesus likened spiritual thirst to everyday, natural thirst. He promised refreshing water that is “a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” Furthermore, he said that “rivers of living water” flow out of scriptural believers. John clarified that Jesus was speaking of the Spirit (see John 7:39).  

Many more promises of God relate to the fresh benefits he provides. Psalm 68:19 says that he can daily load us with benefits. Lamentations 3:22-23 is a passage that mentions his unfailing compassions that are new every morning. 

What a great combination of fresh goodness we can receive every day from a great God. A changed life through Jesus can continue to change for the better with positive, fresh results.

Mitch Glover is pastor of the Sterling United Pentecostal Church located on Swanson River Road at Entrada. 

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