As this year comes to an end I want to encourage all of you to begin the new year with positivity, and trust in the Lord.
“On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:4 NIV
If we begin the New Year with trust in God we are bound to have a blessed New Year. 2017 may have been full of worry, fear, doubt, or even a great deal of sin but now we must cast all the un-holiness away. We can take a more bold step towards the Lord. God is not worried about your past, or even what you did yesterday– he is more concerned with your spiritual growth towards him. It is time we stop making excuses and give God our attention. I encourage everyone to unplug, un-connect, and do something well pleasing in the sight of the Lord. It may not be taking a break from social media that God places on your heart, maybe you are not a huge social media person. Whatever the Lord lays on your heart in this upcoming year I encourage greatly for you to do so. Maybe you have found yourself full of doubt and worry, a simple 15 minute break from your day, each-day to hand your troubles and cares over to God will help tremendously. We all have daily necessities and things to do, but that does not mean we should worry about them or forget the real importance. Turning the attention off of ourselves and onto Jesus is what we need to be doing. God convicted me just this morning while making a bowl of cereal. I questioned a response he had given me and I asked “Lord how do I know it is you talking and not just myself spouting off?” The Lord replied “when you hear words of hope I am speaking to you, if you hear words of doubt then you know those are not my words.” I really pondered this response from the Lord, because we can often find ourselves questioning whether or not it is Jesus speaking to us. With this year ending and the New Year starting I want to remind everyone to be hopeful and trusting in the Lord. Whether or not your 2017 went as planned, walk into 2018 asking God to direct your plans with his will. This upcoming year is going to be full of blessings from the Lord so keep praising him.
Today’s verse of the day!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV