A New Year, A Clean Slate

‘For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.’ — Psalm 103:11–13 NAS

Oftentimes we walk with an overwhelming amount of guilt and shame, and we underestimate the power of the work on the cross. Not that there aren’t consequences for our sin—because it does affect things, and it does impact our relationships with other people and the Lord—but it doesn’t determine how God sees us and the compassion He has for us.

David said, ‘Create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast (or right) spirit within me.’ (Psalm 51:10 NAS) The word stead fast means to be firmly established, stable, secure, settled and set up.

The hope we have in Jesus is not only that our sins are forgiven but that we can be firmly established in Him.

We are His. He paid the price for us. Once we recognise the areas where we’ve fallen short and where we may have missed the mark or grieved the heart of God, we have an incredible gift of being set free from the weight of those things by repenting and humbling ourselves. We are able to start again with a clean slate and continue in our journey of being firmly rooted and established in Jesus.

We need to renew our hearts and minds by spending time with Him. The Scripture tells us that His mercies are new every morning. Thank you, Jesus, for this gift and for this New Year!

Latest Album: The Answer, available from jeremycamp.com

About the author

Jeremy Camp

Camp has established himself with numerous landmark accolades, including four RIAA-certified Gold albums, more than 4.5 million albums sold, a GRAMMY nomination, three American Music Awards nominations, multiple ASCAP awards, 41 radio No. 1’s, a Gold digital single (“There Will Be A Day”), and a multi-Platinum DVD. He has also toured the world, sharing his music in more than 36 countries, and his organization, Speaking Louder Ministries, has allowed him to travel to Brazil, Guatemala, Ukraine, Japan and Kyrgyzstan.

MORE GREAT READS FROM

A New Year, A Clean Slate

‘For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who…

Recent Articles

The Real Pain

‘While I was wallowing in self-pity, focused on myself, there was a whole world with literally billions of people who had no idea who God is, how amazing He is, and the wonders He has done for us. They are the ones who are really suffering. They don’t know His hope, His peace, and His…

Passion Worship Culture

Vision180 chatted to Jessie-Rose – Kingdom Culture Church’s Worship Pastor about dreams, visions and having a heart of worship. We’re a new church, been around for just over four years. I was part of the team that had the privilege of starting it—really awesome. Music, writing our own songs and releasing our own album was…

Blessings from a Bike, Break & Brace

A couple of months ago I came off my motorbike. I know what you’re thinking—first Lauren, then me? What’s with these Vision180 girls having accidents, anyway? Well, I tore my ACL ligament from my tibia bone breaking it off with a beautiful little piece still attached. It was a very unspectacular crash, I cleared the…

Playing God’s Game: Marnus Labuschagne

Just by walking onto the cricket pitch, Marnus Labuschagne is sharing his faith. The 23-year-old, who plays for Queensland as well as the Brisbane Heat, always has Bible verses written on his shoes. And on the bottom of his bat, the number 40:31, a reference to his favourite verse from Isaiah. ‘But those who hope…

Donate to vision

Over 80% of our income is from the freewill gifts of wonderful people just like you.
So thank you for helping. Your generous support is 'Connecting Faith to Life'.