“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Every morning I would walk pass a painting fixed in the hallway of my childhood home, it still hangs there today. The painting read “Every dawn is a new beginning.” Growing up I never paid much attention to this, but as I grew into an adult, I would find myself in situations that left me feeling hopeless, down, depressed, or even faithless. This painting would ring in my head. I remember one particular phase of my life where I was living a life of uncleanliness, acts that led to fornication, a mouth that cursed like a sailor (I could really put some combinations together), and an attitude of mental supremacy even at the sake of other’s emotions…I was an emotional bully. But God took me through a series of events that caused me to be broken. At one point it seemed as if every situation I encountered caused the tables to turn negatively on me and I felt small. But then a still voice spoke into my head…“Daughter, I never left…you walked away.” This was God, and his voice knocked me onto the ground. That was in 2002. I went through a series of purging processes. He removed friends, situations, and even opportunities in my life to bring me closer to Him. (Embedded Lesson #1, God is a jealous God; don’t place things in HIS place.) As I began to study His word (Embedded Lesson #2, if you want to hear what God has to say, read His word.) I ran into the scripture, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow…” For me, the red represented all of the voluntary sin I had been committing and lavishing in. At that moment I lay at the foot of my bed and poured out my soul thanking Jesus for this second chance, this was June of 2003. God spoke life into me that night and reminded me that not only has He allowed me to begin again, but He restored me. He reminded me that “I was fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalms 139:14) because, not only was I made in his image (Gen 1:27) but because he loves me (John 3:16.)
Sis, you may need a new start in a certain area of your life. Don’t allow the devil to deceive you into believing that you cannot begin again. With every dawn is a new beginning. And God is there waiting because you deserve it.
Thank You for reminding me that I can begin again. Thank You for your mercy and favor thus far. Show me how to pray and to listen to Your directions. Forgive me of the sins I have committed and teach me how to rely on You for my total healing. I love You Lord, You are the source of my being and I owe all praises to You. Thank You in advance for restoring me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
My girlfriends and I have this empowerment “thing” that we do. If we ever experience rejection, we will read our resume` to ourselves. So here’s your resume`. I EMPOWER you to stand in the mirror and speak power over your life…this is YOUR resume:
“I am a child of God who is fearfully and wonderfully made, I am fearless. I am the head and not the tail. I am strong because God’s strength resides in me. Any weapon that forms against me will not rise nor prosper because the battle is God’s and He loves me. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I am His…He bought me with a price and has covered my sins with his righteousness.”
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6. She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.