“When I was young, I was sure of everything: In a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before. At present I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to man.” [2] – John Wesley

“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” [1]

Revelation 21:5 ESV

I remember at the beginning of 2018 there was a pivotal shift in my life. I don’t remember what month it was, but I do remember it was within the first half of the year and it caused me to start making changes in my life. One of the kids in the youth ministry I was apart of came up to me and said, “Hey! Aren’t you Nick? The super strong Crossfit Dude?!” Normally, my reaction would much different then what is what that day because my heart was always in the wrong place, but not this time. My heart almost instantly broke and I felt such a heavy burden on my heart.

You see, for years I turned to Crossfit and other avenues of fitness much more then I turned to Jesus. I ran towards the pain that I felt with Crossfit (good hurt) to hide the pain within my heart (bad hurt). Little did I know my life started to paint a picture that was NOT what I wanted. I remember that same night I went home and broke down crying & confessing how sorry I was for making Crossfit an idol. I made a vow to do everything I could to change the order of my life around so that the number 1 thing everyone would say about me would be, “He loves Jesus.”

Which is what leads me to the picture and this post in general. Jesus is the one who can make all things NEW. Not merely repair what was broken but completely restore it. Things on this earth can help mask pain and deal with certain aspects of life’s troubles. However, they cannot completely restore and make us new. God is a restorer and redeemer by heart. We can clearly see it throughout the Bible.

Wherever you may be at in your spiritual journey with Jesus. Please understand that He is the only way to find true and complete healing. We must step into His glorious light, repent of the things we know are holding us back and turn to Him. In this moment of being completely vulnerable with Him about yourself and what you need to work on, He can completely heal and restore you. It’s only when we can step into the light and work on OURSELVES that His restoration can happen…


https://proclaim.faithlife.com/verse-of-the-day/bible-verses-about-creation-renewal/Revelation_21_5

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Re 21:5). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

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