How to meet the New Year. Ray Holdcroft 2018
Intro: Why has mankind found it necessary to celebrate the New Year? The answer to that lies somewhere in the instincts of man.
From ancient times he has known that progression is built into the foundations of the Universe.
The Hebrew people were distinctly aware that the God of creation gave new days, and new years with new opportunities and new responsibilities. Time is life. Both are bound together.
A new calendar tells us we have been given a fresh gift to build our lives as they ought to be. The problem is we can tend to carry our ‘old selves’ into the New year.
So, how can anything change? We can only accomplish change by God’s help and His love.
We can have the best year ever if we put ‘Seven’ biblical principles to work every day of the coming year:
1. Put the Past behind You: (Forget about yesterday) Phil. 3. 13,14; “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward unto those thing which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Don’t be defeated by the past: failures, hurts, disappointments. These come to everyone. Isa.43: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past” Don’t continue talking about them. God doesn’t want us to live with regret. Walk in ‘newness of Life’. Rm. 6. 4; Forget about the mistakes of the past year. We should learn by them and move on. Otherwise they become counter – productive. Put them behind you they can only hurt you. Forget what you see as your inadequacies – you can’t make one hair black or white. Forget about your already confessed/repented of sins. Put all these under the Blood of Jesus.
2. Don’t worry about the Future (Tomorrow): Phil 4. 6; “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”. We should never excuse worry. C. Timbrell (Evangelical Journal) “Worry reckons without God” “We will never know victory over anxiety until we treat it as sin.”
The sin of unbelief: Worry is deep seated distrust or the Father, who assures us constantly of His loving care: “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus”. Phil.4.19; Also Jesus Himself told us, “…do not worry about your life… (Mtt. 6.25 – 34;) (God’s special word to me: “do not worry”. “Your plans will succeed” (Prov.16:3;) There is a difference in “planning for tomorrow ” and worrying about tomorrow”. Need to have goals and steps. Don’t allow worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.
3. Make Today count: Deut. 33.25; “As thy days so shall thy strength be”. The Peace of God is sufficient for every day. Say every morning: ”This is the day that the Lord has made we will be glad and rejoice in it”. (Ps 118. 24;) “Today is the day of salvation”. (2 Cor. 6.2;) “Redeeming the time for the days are evil”. Eph. 5. 15,16; Jesus Himself told us, “…do not worry about your life….” (Mtt. 6. 25 – 34;)
4. Help Every person You can: Gal. 6.10; “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith”. The Christian life can be defined as “Faith working by Love” (Gal. 5.6;) Real Christian living is Loving, giving and caring. Without love there will be very little, if, any rewards. Real love constrains us to do And act without Self Interest. “Though I give my body to be burned it prophets me nothing.” Refuse to get involved with idle gossip or anything that is destructive to someone else.
5. Keep your heart Pure: with 1. Tim 5.22; “Keep your heart pure”. “Jesus said: “blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Mtt5:8; [In the true perspective]. Re: blind man. Trees walking. Needed another touch from Christ then saw clearly. Mk. 8. 22-25; A clean car engine always runs much better. Holiness and Happiness are the inseparable twins in the Christian life. The Bible teaches that clean living and the fear of the Lord go together. Remember! God’s eye is never dim.
6. Renew Your Strength Daily: Isa. 40.31; “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings of Eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint “. Put on Christ. Go on with God. ”men aught always to pray and not faint”. (Lk. 18.1;) Our hearts need to be prepared at the beginning of every day. We need to nourish our spirit each day by God’s word.
7. Act and Live according to God’s word and Promises: Ph.4:4 – 9; “Rejoice in the Lord (always. I will say it again rejoice! 5. Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. (6. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with (thanksgiving, present requests to God 7.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 8. Finally, Brethren, (whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, (Whatever is admirable, – if anything is excellent, or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from, or seen in me – put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Note: In verse 7, We read, “and the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds..” Note: In verse 9, we read, “and the God of peace …..will be with you.”
Conclusion: The Lord would have us this year to rest completely in Him and live for each day as it comes in total commitment and obedience. Make a fresh start if not already done so. Have a heart set on fire for Him.