Faith is the hope of things unseen, of promises and blessings yet to come. What better time to reflect on the simple truths and gifts bestowed on you by our Lord, dear brothers and sisters in Christ? Like most years, 2012 was full of human tragedy and personal trials for many, both saved and not. The sign announcing the path ahead is the same this New Year’s as it is on every New Year’s – there is Good News!
“For the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” – Isaiah 52:12
7 New Year Reflections on Faith
1. Lay down whatever baggage you carry on December 31st. Begin January 1st refreshed and unburdened. Give it to Christ. Others may not be as merciful as Jesus, but you are not constrained by their decisions to hang on to yesterday’s trash. Life in Christ is one of perpetual renewal. Every morning is a new opportunity.
2. Quit looking for solutions to problems that don’t exist. Are you afraid of what the new year will bring personally, financially, or nationally? God does not provide until there is a need. The “what if” game is one of fear, not faith. God can and God will be there for you. The Israelites received fresh manna and water every day. Will God do any less for you?
3. Accept grace and bestow grace on others. God gives us what we have not earned or deserve. Do the same in your own life. What better way to show others the face of Christ? “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others.”
4. Kick your walk with Jesus into overdrive by giving Him the first and best every day. Evidence of people’s priorities is action, not words. How do you spend precious resources of time, energy, and cash? What is first and what waits… and waits?
5. Remember that good intentions pave the way to hell. Whether you offer this excuse for someone else or yourself, recognize that that’s all it is – an excuse for not doing. Do what NEEDS to be done WHEN it needs to be done and do it WELL. Repeat daily.
6. Count your blessings. Begin with the assurance that God is still in charge, He knows your circumstance and is always on watch. If you can’t think of any others, go back and re-read number two. Contentment, like happiness, is a choice, not a destination.
7. Look for Jesus to return. The King is coming. You won’t have to worry about getting ready if you are already ready. You are blessed among the people for you have a mansion waiting prepared by God Himself. Share the good news with others.
A Personal Note
Thank you to all who prayed for me while recovering from a knee replacement. The power of your prayers firmly set my anchor in Christ during the times I was unable to place it there myself. Please know that I continue to pray for those of you who are working through similar health and family challenges. Prayer is the best gift we have to give and costs nothing but our time.
The last months of 2012 were quiet ones for the ministry. At least it seems so on first glance. But these weeks have been rich in new lessons learned and pages written as new challenges or concepts arrived. If history repeats there should be much to share with you in the new year. But since the ministry works only as God opens windows and doors I have no idea what 2013 will bring.
Our message will continue to be faith over fear as well as to remind you to pay attention to the time.
Be blessed until we meet again next year. Our prayers are with all who come in contact with Amazing Grays Ministry whether in person, through the books or website, or elsewhere. For the full end time message, check out Rapture and Revelation, the simple truth of where we are in the timeline of human history and what that should mean to Christians. We live in a time of rampant false teaching. Be aware and be ready. When you finish reading the book you should know exactly where you are in your walk with Christ. Here’s a hint — good intentions are worthless.
God bless you and keep you safe in His arms. They remain open wide…
Originally published December 31, 2012.
Updated for this website February 2017.