Life doesn’t deliver on all of its promises – marriage, relationships, kids, dreams, etc. Our life is often functional, but not abundant. We need to press reset.
Resetting was God’s idea. God reset Adam and Eve to point to His goodness in the midst of death, destruction, and disorder. He also gave resets through animal skins, seasons, floods, and debt-cancelling festivals. These resets all foreshadowed the ultimate reset found in Jesus. (Galatians 4:4-7; Romans 5:6; Colossians 1:21-22)
When Jesus said, “It is finished”, a divine reset button was pushed for all creation. (John 19:30) He was put in the grave so we could be alive and free.
Jesus reset the leper, the woman caught in adultery, and the disciples. (Luke 19:10) If He can reset them, He can reset anyone, anything, anytime, anywhere.
When God resets, He upgrades. (Romans 5:17,19) What we have in Jesus is superior to what we lost through Adam – like a new operating system and a new factory setting. Because He is righteous, so are we. Because He is loved, accepted, wanted, and free, so are we. (1John 4:17; 1 Corinthians 15:54-55)
When we drift from running our good race (Galatians 5:7), we need to come quickly back to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2; Proverbs 24:16) and press reset:
CONTROL (Confess) – Acknowledge that things are off. We confess sin because we are already forgiven, not in order to be forgiven. (1 John 1:7, 9; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
ALT (Repent) – Change your thinking. Go back to God’s perspective. (Romans 12:2)
DELETE (Respond) – Take a next step and change your behavior.
There are four ways that we can press reset and be worry-free:
a) Obey God’s commands – Disobedience invites disorder. (Proverbs 16:25)
b) Pray – Pray about everything and worry about nothing. (Philippians 4:6-7; Luke 5:16; Proverbs 21:31)
c) Worship – We can worry or worship, but we cannot do both. (1 Peter 2:9- 10)
d) Meditate on His promises – The battle against worry is won in the mind because whatever we think about grows. (Philippians 4:8; Hebrews 13:5; Romans 8:28; Isaiah 53:5)
When we know the end of the story, we don’t have to worry about a bad chapter. (Romans 8:32; Matthew 6:25-34)