He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).

What a wonderful gift to know we don’t have to save ourselves! What a reassuring discovery to know that we don’t have to create a new life for ourselves, but that God has created the possibility of a new life for us! What truly frees us and motivates us is not what we can do, but what God has already done! He washed away our sins; He set us on a high place; He continually reminds us that He has a purpose and plan that He is working out in our lives. Reasons for hope don’t get any better than when they come from God!

So step into each day confident, knowing that you can go farther and higher and do better when your starting point is God, not yourself. You are  a winner and over-comer because of what God has done in your life!