Saturday, January 01, 2005

Each New Year brings its own new problems into the world.  More wars to be fought, more sorrows to endure, more hunger, more poverty, more natural disasters, more hatred at the hands of men and women everywhere.  Everything new under the sun, but there is one thing that doesn't change; the unwavering promise that God is with us.  The knowledge that He will never forsake or leave us is anchored in our being.  We are born again into a new creation.  We are filled with a higher understanding; a more acute knowledge of good and evil; we see things in a new light.  The blinders are taken from our eyes and we begin to see the world as it really is. 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.         II Corinthians 5:17

We need to awake from the spiritual slumber, which has overtaken us, and remember that we are no longer our old selves.  Sin is the nature of man, and it will always be with us, but as Christians, it shouldn't be the driving force in our lives.  In this New Year we need to strive to be better Christians.  Take hold of the promise that has been given to us as Christians and be led by the Spirit and not by our own desires. 

While losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more, watching less television, spending more time with the kids, working harder, and a myriad of other things are good resolutions, but lets face it, ninety percent of all resolutions are broken within the first month.  With the help of the Holy Spirit let us make this our New Year's Resolution:

Therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.          Colossians 3:12-13

Happy New Year and God Bless!

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