Wishing You a Happy New Year
Welcome to the new year of 2011! I trust you have been preparing for this year with great anticipation that our Lord will use you and your life in a greater measure than it has been used in the past.
I do not know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future. Some people believe that they know what is ahead in these 365 days to follow. One radio Bible teacher has given the exact date when he believes Jesus is coming again. (How foolish! But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.—Matthew 24:36)
If our Lord tarries, life will bring many different experiences. Car accidents and fender benders will happen this year. (I experienced one of those last year.) Speeding tickets will be issued. The four seasons of the year will come and go as we move from winter to spring to summer to fall and again to winter to close the year. Both sorrow and joy will come our way. Some will begin life while others pass on to their eternal home. Some will be promoted or receive bonuses while others experience loss of work. Both tears and laughter will be part of our lives. We’ll enjoy holidays like Valentine’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Most of us will experience a birthday this year. For those who are younger, this event is greatly anticipated; for others, it is an event we might prefer to just skip this year! In other words, this will be a year packed full of experiences, emotions, events, etc.
As we go through life this year, I want to remind you to do always those things that please our Lord. There are some Bible verses that come to mind that I would like to leave with you—verses that I would like us to claim as we walk through these 365 days.
- I Thess. 5:16—Rejoice evermore.
- I Thess. 5:17—Pray without ceasing.
- I Thess. 5:18—In every thing give thanks.
- I Thess. 5:22—Abstain from all appearance of evil.
- Eph. 4:32—Be ye kind one to another.
- I Peter 1:16—Be ye holy.
- I Peter 5:5—Godresisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
- II Peter 3:18—Butgrow in grace.
- I John 2:15—Love not the world.
- I John 4:7—Beloved, let us love one another.
- Jude 22—And of some have compassion, making a difference.
- James 4:6—But he giveth more grace.
- James 1:8—A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
- Heb. 13:5—I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
- Heb. 12:2—Looking unto Jesus.
- Phil. 4:13—I can do all things through Christ.
Thousands of promises and commands like these are in the Bible. May I encourage every one of us to get into the Word of God. Read it, study it, meditate upon it, obey it, hear it, memorize it, and then stand upon the promises of God.
Thank you so much for 2010, and thank you in advance for what you are going to allow Christ to do in your life in 2011. Happy New Year to each one of you. God bless you.