Happy New Year Beloved in Christ, 2019 is here!
It is indeed a great joy and honor to be able to witness the everlasting goodness of our Lord Jesus, year after year. We give praise to our gracious God who continues to pour out His everlasting love and mercies upon us in every single day of our lives on this side of eternity.
Beloved, let’s take a pause to honor and worship God as we prayerfully meditate on Psalm 103 (NKJV) for His grace and love that He bestows on us.
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.He has not dealt with us according to our sins,Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul! Amen!
For most people, it is a practice to make a new resolution. This resolution usually stems from reflecting on the previous year or years of their lives and how they could make good improvements in their lives for the new year.
A friend shared this joke with me that a new year resolution is a to-do list for the first week or so of January. I will strongly hope that will not be so for us. This year I will encourage all of us to set our heart to abide in God’s will all the days of our lives. For many who set New Year’s resolution, I will strongly suggest to make this a life long goal that is to abide in God’s will.
Here, I will share with you three (3) ways I have found to be helpful in my life as I seek to abide in God’s will in my life.
(1)The Peace of God is always present
One assurance I have found to be true that I am abiding in God’s will is His Peace that fills my heart even in the stormy situation. Philipians 4:6-7, Paul encourages the believers never to be anxious but in all things to pray and the peace of God that transcends all understanding will guide their hearts in Christ Jesus. When one is abiding in God’s will, God’s peace is always present to assure the person that God is in the midst, all will be well. The songwriter of “It is Well with My Soul” shares a great testimony of how the peace of God kept him when he lost it all. When life hits you the hardest, abiding in God’s will always keeps you in God’s peace.
(2)God’s Ordained Purpose for us is Fulfilled
Basically you live your best life. God’s intended purpose for your life is fully manifested when we abide in God’s will. For each one of us, we were known by God before we were formed in our mother’s womb. God had a purpose and a plan for creating us and that is God’s will for us. The first chapter of Ephesians highlights our identity and purpose in Christ Jesus. God’s will is that we will live our lives as His children, abiding in His righteousness. In abiding in God’s righteousness, the Spirit of God leads you and guides you on the path of life.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
(3) God is glorified
Again, the will of God is not problem free life. Infact, Jesus tells His disciples that in this world you will encounter trouble but they should know that victory is theirs because Jesus Christ has overcome the world. God always manifest His power in the trying times of our lives. Our faith is challenged and strengthened through these experiences. (Luke 8:22-25) In the story when Jesus calms the storm, it was Jesus that lead the disciples to cross the river and during the crossing they encountered the storm. In the storm Jesus taught them how to call on God who keep them in perfect peace in the midst of the storm.
(Luke 9: 10-17) Again when Jesus and His disciples encountered the multitude. When it got late the disciples plan of action was to drive the multitude away but Jesus said to them, give them something to eat. In the quest to find food for the multitude, Jesus Christ prayed over three loaves and two fish which was found was multiplied which was used to feed the multitude even to have leftovers at the end. God’s glory was seen, the faith of His followers were strengthened in God .
Beloved in Christ, please know this that abiding in the will of God, is not a easy path but God’s grace is always sufficient and in the end God is greatly glorified.
2019 and all the days, weeks, months and years of our lives to always seek to abide in God’s will for in doing this, we can surely know that we are living our lives for God and God will be glorified.
God richly bless you and always remember that Jesus Christ loves you ❤️.