Here we are...entering another new year! For many this is a time for reflecting. For gathering our thoughts about what we accomplished or perhaps what we didn't. Let me caution you to be careful and not become too overwhelmed with the latter!
The great thing about being a Christian is that it's never too late for us to begin again! No matter what it is! This is what makes our relationship with God so different than other religions! It is what keeps us who really know Him, centered and free from the stress and pressures of the world. We don't need a new day or even a new year to to start all over. All we need is a new resolve and commitment to finish the course! No matter how long it may take! (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
I love Philippians 1:6. It's a simple statement of God's truth that emboldens my faith and fills me with the knowledge that God has my back! Maybe this is what you need to hear right about now! A bit of encouragement to inspire you to climb right back into the saddle, and ride toward your divine destiny! Those things that you treasured in your heart; your goals and aspirations did not die in 2017 when the calendar rolled over to 2018. If God is in it you can still achieve it!
Paul tells us that we first must have confidence (faith, belief, and assurance) that it can be done! Where is your confidence today? Is it in your abilities, finances or in others who look like they've made it? I John 5:14 tells us this: And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.
Once, in a study of the Holy Spirit, I came across a term that changed the whole meaning of Psalms 37:4 for me: Delight yourself in the the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. We hear that verse quoted so glibly don't we as if it's a sure-fire way to get our selfish desires met. But in this study I learned that the true desires of our hearts are Spirit planted desires! That's when God replaces our fleshly desires with holy ones.
When we surrender to these desires we never experience failure for He that began a good work in you will carry it on to completion. (Phil. 1:6b) Can you see how important it is to evaluate our successes according to God's will and not our own? We walk around thinking that we have not made significant achievements because we are weighing them on a faulty scale. We need to let God judge them. (2 Cor. 5:10).
Time seems to be another parameter that sucks us into the depression of underachievement! The Enemy keeps telling us we're running out of time to do things that please God! What a bunch of Hooey! It's never too late and we're never too old to do what God has told us to do! We impede our own progress with the temptation to compare ourselves with others! Older Saints become obsessed with their lack of energy, prowess, and seemingly respect that younger Saints are getting and just give up on their dreams. This is not the time to do so! Your influence can only be felt if you continue to inspire by your good words, works, and testimony of faith! ( Heb. 11:2)
This is the promise given in Philippians 1:6c: Our salvation, our ministry, our testimony is sealed, complete, relevant and efficacious (effective) until the day of Jesus Christ! Don't get bogged down with what you didn't do or didn't get done in 2017. Pray up and Gear up for the opportunities ahead: IT'S NEVER TOO LATE...TO BEGIN AGAIN!
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