A new year, a new start 

Monday January 1, 2024
Bob Gass
1 min read
0:00 No Audio

“[You] too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4 NIV

Refuse to let your past rob you of your future. This year God wants to give you a new start. Let’s face it, we all have relationships that can’t be healed and issues that will never be resolved to our liking. But by God’s grace, we can forgive, forget, and move on. You don’t have to lie awake at night digging up old bones, picking at scars, and reviving painful memories. If you give them an opening, the ghosts of your past will take up residence in your head. You say, “But I still struggle in so many areas.” We all do. Even the great apostle Paul admitted he didn’t have it all together. Unlike those who condemn in others the very things they struggle with themselves, Paul admitted, “I know the law but…can’t keep it…sin…keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I…need help!…I decide to do good, but…My decisions…don’t result in actions. Something…gets the better of me every time” (Romans 7:17-20 MSG). “Thank you, Paul,” from all of us who mistakenly thought that once we became Christians there would be no more struggles! But Paul didn’t stop there; he added these two important scriptures: (1) “Just as Christ was raised from the dead…we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4 NIV). (2) “In the same way [as Christ], count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (v. 11 NIV). You ask, “How then should I handle my old issues?” Admit them, quit them, and forget them! Instead of fighting battles you can’t win, let Christ’s resurrection power sweep through your life and sever the ties between you and the pain of your past.

The Word for You Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from Celebration Enterprises, Inc. Copyright © 2024

Bible in a Year:

Give the Gift of Daily Hope

Your gift of just $100 can help print and distribute The Word For You Today to those who are struggling and need God's Word to lift them up.

Want daily encouragement? The Word For You Today will be emailed daily to you!

Sign up for The Word For You Today Email

* indicates required

Unsubscribe anytime



Give the gift of daily Hope to others.


Get positive, uplifting UCB Radio and The Word For You Today wherever you go with our FREE app. 


Let us stand with you and pray for your concerns.

UCB Radio Prayerline is powered by

Request Prayer

Previous Daily Encouragement

Read Today
Sun December 31

Get to Know God Next Year

God said, “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches...

Read more
Sat December 30

Do what God says

When God gives you a vision for your life, He doesn’t give you all the details up front. He simply says, “Don’t be afraid...

Read more
Fri December 29

Praying God’s promises (2)

When you begin to pray scripturally based prayers, you will get the answers you need. Here is why: the Bible is God’s Word, and...

Read more
Thu December 28

Praying God’s promises (1)

According to one count, there are 3,573 promises in the Bible. That’s almost ten promises for each day of the year. When you know...

Read more
Wed December 27

Meditate on God’s Word

Thomas à Kempis wrote, “If you wish to grow in your spiritual life, you must not allow yourself to be caught up in the...

Read more
Tue December 26

Keep Christmas alive all year

An early pioneer traveling across the Great Plains stopped at the edge of the Grand Canyon. Amazed to discover a vast chasm one mile...

Read more