As 2018 ends and 2019 begins we all face the new year and new, different experiences as time matches forward. As I ponder on the coming year I also reflect on the old and i would say that I’ve had a lot happen: some good, some FANTASTIC, some not good and some terrible. I’ve seen and dealt with things I never expected to have happen. But even in bad, there can be god found. It was during the worst that I came to know Christ again. Oh, I’d always known Him but when faced with some difficult times that I could never have dealt with on my own, He was there for me, as He always had been, just waiting on me to call out to Him, ask for and receive forgiveness and salvation. He made me a new person.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
I think of mistakes I’ve made, on what can I do to correct and never repeat them and how I can be the man Jesus wishes me to be for His glory. I think on the bad, yes, but as lessons on life but more than reflecting on the bad, I rejoice on the good God has given me.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38
He can do that for everyone. If you find yourself in situations that you know are not right; if you realize you have done the wrong thing; if you know that you displeased God in anyway or somehow hurt yourself or others; He is waiting to help you. He won’t force you to do what He wants, but when you are ready to do what you know He wants, He is there to strengthen you so you are able to do that which you should. His love endures despite what one does. He is there, patiently waiting and when you seek Christ and His help, you will receive such blessings you will wonder why you didn’t do things sooner.
And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. John 1:16
I think all of us, since we are all sinners, should talk to God, ask Him for forgiveness and acknowledge that Jesus, His son, died and was resurrected that we may have that forgiveness and the salvation it brings.
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Lord, I worship You and ask forgiveness of my sins. I thank You for Jesus who you sent to die for my sins and to be resurrected to defeat death and to give me a path to redemption. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me be the man You would have me to be in the coming year and every year after. Help me see Your truths and make the changes I need to make to take the path You wish for me to take. Help me be a representative of Your live, mercy, forgiveness and grace. Teach me to know and live the heart and mind if Christ. Please draw my loved ones to You as well that they too may know what wonderful things You have planned for them if they just seek You and trust You as they follow your will for them.
I hope all have the full measure of the blessings He has in store for you and that you remember to be a blessing to someone else as well.