We measure life through our triumphs and not necessarily the trials we had to endure. We may measure life by financial increase and those small successes through job raises and bonuses. We may measure our worth by our amount of fans, which appear to adore us and desire nothing more than to be us. We measure life by the many things we own; whether it is the house, car, jewelry, electronic devices, or clothing. We measure life by relationships we have created and endured. We measure life by our physique and style. We measure life by things that exist temporarily and things that will soon fade away.
What is the resolution for the New Year that we should make? Some believe that New Year’s resolutions are manmade and useless for Christians? What do you believe?
I am always amazed at the New Year. Yesterday the gym was packed. I saw more fat people on treadmills, bikes, and ab machines, with personal trainers than I have seen since last January in 2013. The determination in their eyes almost makes me believe I will see them in February, but after a few years, I am more than confident this small annoyance will pass and I will be free to grab whatever machine I desire.
I am sure this will be the year things change and I hear the confident preacher prophesying that this is the year of increase. This is the year of God’s abundant favor. Shout for joy! God is about to give you houses you did not build, hydrogen cars you never owned and that new 75,000 thousand Mustang, sorry I’m the only one getting the Mustang.
Just one week into January and things are already changing for the better and only exciting days are up ahead. I just love the New Year.
However, I ran into a snag when I found out recently that for all the things money can buy, I am still headed straight toward the grave. My hair will come out, gray or both and my face will wrinkle. My strength will lessen and my stamina will fade away and what will I have left?
I hope this year you decided to focus on prayer. Pray for family members who do not know the Lord. Pray for God to bring you into his secret place. Pray for wisdom. Pray for peace that passes understanding. Pray for God’s deliverance from sin. Pray for protection against the darkness that is growing thick. Pray for discernment.
I assure you this year will bring more sorrow. There will be more deaths by the hands of children and the heart of many women will grow cold. Women will increase in wealth and the need for men will decrease and they will burn toward one another and the aftermath will be devastating.
Prayer protects the house. You cannot fight a supernatural war watching the Hobbit. Parents teach your children how to pray, pray together and pray yourself. You better start praying or watch your house become ruins.
I have entered this world through the womb and have grown older with each passing year. Each year has been filled with good and evil, joy and sadness, success and failure. None of which defines me so greatly than to have a relationship with Jesus. Jesus will make the ultimate difference within my life’s end. I will hear “well done” or “depart from me.” Every individual will have this story. The only difference is that some will have more or less, good and evil, joy and sadness, success and failure in their lifetime.
A vision for the future should be filled with hope. A vision for the future should be filled with joy. A vision for the future should be filled with optimism. A vision for the future should be filled with pleasure.
You should not allow society’s decay to change your vision. You should not allow the increase of sin and murder to discourage you. You should not allow the hearing of multiple affairs and divorce to change your vision. You should not allow the lack of integrity found within our leaders to change your vision.
For the Lord’s vision is for you to prosper. For the Lord has prepared mansions and rewards for the faithful in Christ. The Lord has promised that those who meditate upon his word will prosper in their endeavor. Victory belongs to the faithful. God will not allow you to be destroyed. Is God is for you? Who can be against you? Are you not on the winning team?
Then what should our vision be? Please comment below. Let’s make it a prayer.
What can I say? A new year has dawned. A new opportunity for some has begun. A new number to write upon our school papers and checks. A new reflection point. Some say this is the year that will end all years. The day for the end of the world by the Mayan calendar. Some say this year is a year of prosperity and God’s blessing on tithing members of the church. Some say all is the same and nothing ever changes. This has some truth as new sins are yet to be developed. The same sins committed from the dawning of earth are being committed today. We may have technology to offer what looks to be differing sins, but it is nothing new. 2012 another year to grow complacent of the Lord’s return. 2012 another year for sexual immorality to grow, divorce to increase, and the family system to fail to perform its job in raising its children. Sin waxes worse and worse.
2012 will not be filled with more death and destruction alone, there will be times of refreshing. Times of growth and maturity. Times where the Spirit of God will fill an individual with his power. 2012 will be a challenge for Christians to stand and possibly gain ground in our failing school systems. Failing because teachers are limited and not free to teach using their particular gifts given to them by God to teach. 2012 will create new stars and many will benefit from the new age technology that is being developed.