Friday, January 31, 2014
"Whatsoever you ask and believe, it shall ge given unto thee", declares Jesus. This is both the scripture we love and the scripture we hate. It is the scripture we love because it inspires us of all we can have in and through Christ. It is the scripture we hate because it reminds us of the endless possibilities that are not coming to pass in our lives; it is both the scripture we love and we hate. If only for one word, how different it could be. One word, a word we wish Jesus had left out of the equation. The word that ruins it for us, a condition that often nullifies this scripture for us....and that word, that condition that Jesus throws in, is that we must BELIEVE. "whatsoever you ask and BELIEVE". JESUS throws in a condition that is very difficult for us humans, even Christians. While we may all claim to be believers in Jesus, we are not all believers in His promises, we are not all believers in His Word. I would say that if we are true believers in Jesus, then that only came by and through, Devine enlightenment. However, believing in Jesus' promises now is going to have to take some Faith. We are brought to faith in Jesus by Devine enlightenment but from that point on, Jesus says, "according to your faith (now) let it be done on to you." Will we love or hate this scripture in our reading today? Depends on your disposition. If you are a man or woman of Faith, you love this scripture and you hold on to it and cherish it. However, if you are a man or woman of little faith, then you hate this scripture because it reminds you of all that you could have, but that you don't have because of your unbelief. Test yourself.....today when you read that scripture did you say, " yes and Amen!" or did you utter...."yeah right....if only that were true!" Well, the fact is, that scripture is true, to some, even if it's not to you. This is why it is both the scripture we love (to some) and the scripture we hate (to others). What side of the panel are you on?
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: JAN 29 BATTLE OF THE MIRACLES: BE careful of hinging your witness on the miracles that God does because you may find yourself taken back a little when you hear that y...
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: JAN 28 "WHY WITNESS, THEY JUST DON'T LISTEN!?": Chapter 6 Verse 4 "He will not listen to you" God says, but go tell him anyway! It's important we REMEMBER this. This i...
Monday, January 27, 2014
THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: JAN 27 I WAS TRYING TO HELP, SORRY....: Not only must we fight against our human nature to do the good deeds God is trying desperately to prompt us to do, but then when we do ...
Sunday, January 26, 2014
THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: JAN 25 "SOME PEOPLE NEVER CHANGE": TWO TRUTHS that co-exist together; anyone can change and some people never change ....and I am discouraged to read that after all Jose...
Saturday, January 25, 2014
THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: JAN 25 CAN YOU LOVE AND FEAR?: Most disengenuine, religious folks would rather talk about their Love for God rather than their Fear of God. They have so much LOVE for...
Friday, January 24, 2014
THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: JAN 24 "I GOT AWAY WITH IT....I THOUGHT": Ever do something you thought there was going to be "hell to pay" so to speak, but yet, no thunder cracked, you did not fall ...
Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Psalmist writes and/ or prays "keep me from willful sins". Would I sin willfully? Aren't all my sins just a case where I was caught off guard, backed in to a corner or baited by Satan? Are there different kinds of sin? Yes there are! There's willful sin, sins of commission and sins of omission. We may think "what did I do now to sin?" However sometimes we have sinned not because we did something but we have sinned because we didn't do anything, these are sins of omission. We failed to act, we failed to judge something, we failed to speak out, failed to correct a wrong, failed to intervene, failed to help, all these are sins of omission. James explains in his epistle that "to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin", a sin of omission! The Psalmist confesses that in him are " willful sins". These are sins that we willfully committed. We were not caught off guard or anything of the such. We thought about and said, " yip, that's what I'm gonna do today and there ain't nobody stopping me!" And we go out and do the deed. These are willful sins and are probably the worse. These are the sins that the Psalmist prays that God would help him overcome. Not only because these sins are the most displeasing to God but because they are also the sins that will bring the greatest repercussions. We could really make a lot of progress in our walk with God if we could get dominion over " willful sins", nothing sets a Christian back further than willful sin and willful disobedience. There is Grace is each day for the sins that caught us off guard, perhaps you were pressed and pressed and lost your temper, there is Grace, but for the individual who sets his or her mind on a specific sin and then completely ignores the conviction of the Holy Spirit, goes out and does the deed, inspite of knowing better.....I wonder how much Grace there is in that situation. No doubt if we should later, truly repent, there will be Grace and Forgiveness, as promised by God, but there will also be grave repercussions for willful sin.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
We think, "what could be easier than a miracle?" Truth be known, God's people often think an "easier way" is just to send the problem away! An easier way would be to think logically, foresee the problem and then counter it with a solution. In our eyes, anything is easier than have to wait on Jesus and hope he does " a miracle". The disciples foresee the problem that is coming and the miracle they are going to need to feed all these people. A miracle however, requires faith, a miracle brings with it anxiety and stress, a miracle, that's hard on us, why not just send them away before we get stuck having to BELEIVE God for A Miracle. The disciples approach Jesus and suggest sending the people away....and what does Jesus say, "you feed them!" The very thing they were trying to avoid, Jesus makes them face. We are trying to avoid having to believe Jesus for a miracle, Jesus is trying to place us in situations where "we have to believe in Him for a miracle". We are not interested in seeing our Faith grow, we just want peace and the problem to be gone. Jesus is wanting our Faith to grow. You can see how often we are at opposite spectrums with our Savior. God's call to us is always, "why don't you believe in me to meet the need, why don't you believe in me for a miracle" and our thoughts are normally....."there has got to be an easier way than having to wait and believe on JESUS, for a miracle!"
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: JAN 21 ENOUGH RELIGION TO DRIVE YOU CRAZY!: Sometimes I wonder who is more miserable, the atheist or the rebelious religious person. I will choose the rebelious religious person. ...
Monday, January 20, 2014
There's a two step process here with Joseph. Joseph names his first son Manasseh "God has made me forget all my toil and all my Father's house". Joseph was devout to God, but that can lead us to Beleive that Joseph was above bad situations affecting him. And now we see that is not true, Joseph was hurt and affected by what went on back home. Second, he names his second son Ephraim, "God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction". The land of my affliction, once again Joeseph admits that it has been a rough and miserable time in Egypt, but yet we would never gather that by his attitude and faithfulness to God. Joseph brings up another key point that we should not miss and that is; that in the midst of our place, land, city or circumstance of affliction, if we keep our hearts right in our land of affliction we can say and testify as Joseph, "God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction". Something beautiful can be born (figuratively or literally) in the midst of ugly times. In our worse times, if we keep our hearts right before God, you will see that an Ephraim will be born to you and you will always remember, "those were rough times" but you will also always remember this is where this happened, this is where this blessing came from, that was when I met so and so, that's where my Ephraim was born!
THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: JANUARY 19 GENESIS 39:1-41:16: We've heard it before I'm sure, but it is worth repeating...."if God was with Joseph why is he in jail, if God was with J...
Friday, January 17, 2014
THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: JANUARY 17 "THE ALTAR AND HIDDEN SIN": HAVE YOU READ TODAY? ARE YOU BEHIND? JUST PICK IT UP TODAY!! We know that the 1st altar is built on man's own inititation. It&#...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Not the results you anticipated or wanted? Oh well, to bad! If you and I were God we would manipulate results to be what we wanted them to be. We would never look bad and everything we did would succeed. Every outreach would yield incredible results and everyone would always respond to our preaching. Nobody would tell us "no" and certainly nobody would "reject" us. But here is God in the flesh and he allows himself to be rejected. Jesus gives his very best outreach and the response is slim to nothing! Clearly not the intended results Jesus had wanted, but yet, He lets them be what they are. I wouldn't do that, I wouldn't accept minimal results, at the cost of all my efforts, plus it makes me look bad, so add that in the mix. It is clear that Jesus is not at all thrilled about the results of his evangelistic efforts in Capernaum and Bethsaida. Jesus even performed miracles, yet they do not respond. My ego would not have been able to handle this. I am the supposed leader of this great movement, claiming to be the Messiah and I am going to be rejected and shut down like this? JESUS, apparently has no ego, no pride, otherwise this would never have taken place. I have had outreaches where nobody responded, I have had Revivals where nobody responded and let me tell you, my ego was bruised and my pride inflamed! If we could manipulate circumstances, why would we? Is it because of our great care for the loss....or would the real reason be, so we can look good instead of bad. So that we always come out on top, so we always come out looking like the winner. If you take ego and pride out of the equation, there really is no reason to manipulate these scenarios, when you think about it. Other, than the fact that you might look better, why would we manipulate people into responding that don't want to? Does God really want a bunch of people in Heaven that were manipulated by a higher power to be there, but had they had it their way, they would have rejected the gospel message. Jesus preached and did miracles and allowed the people to freely choose to accept or reject Him and His message. Jesus, in addition, to his example, has also quite plainly told us, "it's not you they are rejecting, it is me". How many people have we coerced and/or manipulating into accepting Christ. And why, was it because we cared so much about the soul or are ego's and pride were at stake. We must be a whole lot more like our leader, JESUS, was. He preached the Gospel and even though, He was God and He was the one they were rejecting. He let the results stand as they were because Jesus had no ego at stake. If we could get our ego's and pride out of the way, we would actually be more effective and we would have a much more pleasant disposition. Then we would not have to look for people to blame and/or yell at and make feel guilty, because we did not get the results we expected or anticipated. Sometimes your best efforts and faith, will yield very little results and in those situations we must know it was never on us to control the response, only to deliver the message. In some cases God is using us to bring a message for salvation, ie; Ninevah and in other cases God is using us to bring a message that, in turn, will be used for judgment against a person and/or a city, ie: Capernaum and Bethsaida. In either case, our job was to deliver the message, get our ego's out of the way and leave the response to the Free-Wiil Agents that God has made human beings to be! And their lack of interest, their apathy or rejection of your message should never be used as a measuring stick against you, for your validity as a man or woman of God. God does not measure you by the results; He measures you by your willingness to obey, go and do what He commands and that is what He will use as a measuring rod against you. If it were not so, then some of God's greatest Prophets would be deemed as the greatest failures, ie: Jeremiah.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
When we are naive and foolish, we find ourselves drawn in to arguements and dramas, where we are actually fighting and arguing, over an issue, that is really, not the issue. Selfishness is not the issue with Leah, although, at first glance, it would appear that way. Rachel could have stood there and argued with Leah about how she's selfish, she's always been selfish and that's the issue and until Leah learns not to be selfish....However, that would solve nothing because the issue is not "selfishness". Leah is not withholding the mandrakes from Rachel because she's selfish. They could stand there and argue all day, as some do, about an issue, that is not the issue. Often times there is a much deeper issue than what is being argued about on a surface level. Rachel could have won the argument and Leah surrendered the mandrakes over to her sister, but the issue would not have been solved. The reason, we find out later, that Leah won't share the mandrakes with Rachel is not because she's selfish, it's because she's bitter! Bitter? Yes, she's bitter at Rachel for stealing her husband. Imagine how many arguments Rachel has gotten into with Leah over the years and Rachel just walked away, scratching her head wondering, why her sister is so angry, why her sister is so selfish, why her sister is so "short fused". It is because, all along, the issue was never the issue. The real issue, the deeper issue, has always been, "bitterness". Why do some relationships never get better after years and years of counseling? Because all that's ever brought up and dealt with are the surface issues, that are not really the issues at all. Are you in a contentious relationship with someone? Are they constantly short fused with you or perhaps vice-versa? You have tried to discuss the contentious relationship, but nothing gets resolved? Perhaps it's because the issue is not the issue! Perhaps there is a deeper issue between the two of you than you are willing to admit and discuss! Perhaps there is some deep rooted bitterness and resentment; that until that issue comes up and is dealt with, you will always continue to be in a contentious relationship with each other, because "The Issue is Not the Issue".
Monday, January 13, 2014
God sees Leah in her distress, He sees that she is not loved and because of that He opens up her womb that she may have children. God does this for one, because He cares and also, to win her love. God so wants to be loved by us. Unfortunately all Leah can think about is Jacob. The first thing she thinks of once she becomes pregnant, is NOT, "how gracious is my God and how I love him so"; instead, Leah just thinks about Jacob and how perhaps Jacob will now love her. It's ironic how she's hurt because she so loves Jacob, but yet Jacob does not love her back with the same love and yet she does the very same thing towards God. Every blessing God gives her she only thinks about how she can use it to win Jacob's heart, totally ignoring the fact that God is wanting that love. We so long to be fulfilled by a relationship, a career or something else and we are completely blind to the God that has been there for us, seen us, blessed us, when nobody else saw or cared. We have all experienced the hurt of loving and not being loved in return. But nobody experiences this more than God himself, who daily blesses us, cares for us, protects us and very rarely is that love reciprocated. Have you loved and not been loved back, have you blessed others with your resources or material things and they only turned around and spent it or used it on someone else and you barely got a thanks? I think we all have and it hurts; thence let's not do to God what we know hurts us. Let's reciprocate, as much as is humanely possible, the love he bestows on us and let us thank him so, for his many blessings that he bestows upon us daily. How ironic that Leah was so hurt by the lack of love she received from Jacob, but yet acted, very much, in the same manner, towards God, the one who loved her more than she loved Jacob.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: JANUARY 12 "RE-DIGGING THE WELLS OF OUR FATHER": This is the hope we must have for our children. Isaac, a rugged man, "I am my own man, I am not going to follow my dad's footsteps...
Friday, January 10, 2014
PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH FUNCTION ON TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SPHERES. THERE ARE THOSE THAT WALK IN FAITH AND CONFIDENCE IN GOD AND THERE'S ALWAYS THOSE, I CALL THEM THE "WHAT IFS" THAT ALWAYS HAVE THE CONTINGENCY, BACK UP PLAN IN CASE GOD FAILS. ABRAHAM WITH ALL THE FAITH IN GOD THAT HE WILL COME THROUGH FOR HIM, AS HE HAS MANY TIMES BEFORE BEGINS TO LAY OUT HIS PLAN, TO HIS SERVANT. ABRAHAM IS BARELY FINISH WITH HIS PROPOSAL AND THE SERVANT IS ALREADY COUNTERING WITH A "WHAT IF" PLAN. EVER MET THE "WHAT IF" BROTHER OR SISTER IN YOUR CHURCH?!
YOU WILL ALSO FIND THAT THEIR BACK UP PLANS ARE ALWAYS STUPID AND NORMALLY DONT FACTOR IN GOD WHATSOEVER, NEITHER GODS PLAN NOR HIS WILL. THE SERVANT, THE WHAT IF GUY SAYS, "WHAT IF THE WOMEN IS UNWILLING TO COME......SHALL I TAKE YOUR SON BACK TO THE COUNTRY YOU CAME FROM?" IT'S LIKE............ARE YOU SERIOUS?
YOU KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE IS WHO COME UP WITH "WHAT IF" PLANS........THEY USE THEM! SO IT ONLY ENCOURAGES THEM MORE. WHY DO THEY USE THEM YOU ASK? BECAUSE GOD LETS THEM. GOD DOESN'T ARGUE WITH THEM AND THEIR UNBELIF BUT GIVES THEM OVER TO THEIR WAYS. CHRISTIANS WHO DONT USE THE "WHAT IFS", GOD MOVES FOR AND THEIR FAITH ONLY INCREASES LEAVING OUT MORE AND MORE THIS IDEA OF "WHAT IF" PLANS. THE BROTHER OR SISTER WHO ALWAYS COMES UP WITH "WHAT IFS", GOD DOES NOT COME THROUGH FOR THEM, THEY USE THEIR PLAN AND THEIR UNBELEIF IN GOD TO MOVE FOR THEM ONLY GROWS AND THEIR BELEIF IN THEMSELVES, THAT THEY MUST COME THRU FOR THEM, ONLY INCREASES. AND THESE ARE NOT THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH, THEY ARE THE PEOPLE THAT SING SONGS WITH US EVERY SUNDAY ALL ACROSS AMERICA AND ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD, THE NETHERLANDS, UKRAINE, TRINIDAD AND SO FORTH. I DONT KNOW HOW YOU CAN HAVE CHRISTIANS THAT NEVER BELIEVE GOD FOR A MIRACLE, BUT YET , APPARENTLY, THEY BELIEVE THAT GOD IS GOING TO RESURRECT THEM FROM THE DEAD. I DONT KNOW HOW YOU CAN HAVE CHRISTIANS THAT NEVER BELIEVE GOD FOR A MIRACLE, BUT YET , APPARENTLY, THEY BELIEVE THAT GOD IS NOT GOING TO BRING UP ANY OF THEIR SINS AT THE RESURRECTION. HOW CAN THEY NOT BELIEVE GOD FOR THESE SMALLER MIRACLES BUT YET SAY THEY BELIEVE GOD TO DO THE GREATEST MIRACLES. I WONDER WHAT THEIR "WHAT IF" PLAN IS, IF GOD DOESN'T RAISE THEM FROM THE DEAD....PURGATORY?!
Thursday, January 9, 2014
THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: JAN 9 GENESIS 20:1-22:24: Verse 6 gives us insight into what we may already know, and that is that there's grace for us when we sin in ignorance. Honestly as long...
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: JAN 7 READING GENESIS 16:1 - 18:19 MTW 6:1-24: There is so much to say from todays reading I thought I would let you all chime in first. I will say this much though, Abram just wants pea...
Monday, January 6, 2014
THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: JANUARY 6TH: I couldn't help but think as Abram victoriously rescues his newphew Lot, that Lot only goes back to the slime. How often have we risked ...
Friday, January 3, 2014
When we have the opportunity to read about the confrontation between the devil and Jesus; and what manor of temptation the devil is going to tempt Jesus with, we are thinking...."this should be good!" Oddly enough, if we'll be honest, this scenario falls kind of flat. It is definitely hurting in the area of action and drama. The temptations do not seem at all, "overtly spectacular!".
3 Temptations the devil throws at Jesus. These 3 are going to be, or should be "the devil's best". The first one is for Jesus to tempt God or put God to the test by throwing himself off the cliff. The 2nd is to yield to evil for power and the 3rd is to satisfy the craving of his flesh. These, I don't find, to be out of the ordinary temptations, they are actually, pretty common temptations. We see people every day, tempt God, yield to evil to gain power and we see people give in every day to the cravings of the flesh. Perhaps our temptations, like Jesus' don't look that extraordinary either, to others. We create a story that makes our temptations seem like they were extraordinary and impossible to resist under the circumstances. I believe many have read through this passage thinking it was going to be quit dynamic, but yet the reading does not really measure up. I believe most breeze through these pages thinking these temptations and this dual between JESUS and the Devil is a little weird and really not that powerful or interesting a read. "Jesus is starving in the desert and the devil temps him to turn a rock into bread and Jesus doesn't do it". Doesn't read....to be too exciting, that's for sure. We, perhaps were looking for something a little more juicy than that scenario. Well I'm sure Hollywood could script something together a little more salacious than that, ie: " The Last Temptation of Christ", but in the end, doesn't all sin/temptation fall under one of these categories; an affair is started because one or two individuals give in and satisfy their flesh or someone comes into great prominence and power by yielding to evil? We would like to make our sin, our temptations seem like they were out of the ordinary, but perhaps when we read about the temptations you faced we will see them the same way......"not at all that extraordinary" but rather "what is common to man". If I can present my temptations to seem like they were unbelievable then I don't have to be ashamed that I gave in. However if the truth be known, that my temptations were the same we all face and I just choose to give in and ruin my marriage, ruin my life, ruin my children, well now I'm looking bad and we don't like that. The story of your temptations isn't anymore exciting than what we read today. We give in to temptation not because the temptations were so strong, but because we wanted to and because we are, selfish and self-centered. Esau faced the same temptation as Jesus, Esau's justification was that he was going to die if he couldn't eat that bowl of stew. He took a temptation that seemed pretty ordinary and made it sound so grand that we would sympathize with Esau and say, " how could poor Esau have resisted". That's the thinking in his mind and some of your minds. But how many have you ever heard of that have sympathy for Esau? Most think of him as a fool for giving in. And we would have thought very much less of Jesus for giving in to his flesh. Perhaps you are getting ready to give in to temptation and already in your mind you are building up this great scenario of how extraordinary your circumstances and temptation was so you can excuse yourself, but the fact is, when we read the story of temptation, between you and the devil, we will read it as ordinary as the one we read today between Jesus and the devil and we will know the truth and think you a fool, for all that you lost and forfeited because you were hungry and you allowed the devil to tempt you and cause you to forfeit all for a piece of bread or a bowl of stew or a woman, a man, a drug, or financial pay out, whatever it be, we will think you "a fool" for allowing the devil to actually talk you in to tempting God, yielding to evil for power or giving in to fleshly cravings. In either case, you will be unexcused and deemed a fool for giving in, to the most basic temptations, that which is common to all men.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
GOD GAVE US THE CALENDAR YEAR, DAYS AND MONTHS TO HELP US PROCESS LIFE. IN LAMENTATIONS 3:22 WE HAVE THE PROMISE "BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT LOVE, WE ARE NOT CONSUMED, FOR HIS COMPASSIONS NEVER FAIL. THEY ARE NEW EVERY MORNING." AND OF COURSE GOD COULD NOT HAVE INSPIRED THAT TO BE WRITTEN HAD HE NOT CREATED "THE MORNING" TODAY, ON THE 1ST DAY OF THE YEAR WE READ, " AND GOD SAID, LET THERE BE LIGHT AND THERE WAS LIGHT. GOD SAW THAT THE LIGHT WAS GOOD, AND HE SEPARATED THE LIGHT FROM THE DARKNESS. GOD CALLED THE LIGHT DAY AND HE CALLED THE DARKNESS,NIGHT. AND THEN THE WAS MORNING, THE FIRST DAY."
IMAGINE THAT! THE FIRST DAY EVER, WHAT THAT MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE!! (DIALOGUE) "WHATS THAT, LORD, YOUVE DONE?", ASKED MICHAEL, THE GREAT ARCHANGEL. "IVE JUST CREATED A DAY!, SAYS THE LORD. "WHAT'S A DAY?", ASKED MICHAEL. "WHAT'S A DAY, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION MICHAEL. HOW DO I PUT THIS........A DAY IS A BITE SIZE PORTION OF A HUMANS EXISTENCE. IT WILL HELP THEM PROCESS LIFE, INSTEAD OF JUST BEING THROWN 700,000 HOURS OF TIME, WE WILL BREAK UP THE 700,000 HOURS OF LIFE IN TO 24 BITE SIZE. BITS SO THAT THEY CAN PROCESS LIFE, DAY BY DAY. AND EACH DAY, MY MERCIES WILL RENEW FOR THEM", THE LORD ANSWERED. "EACH DAY?", MICHAEL COMMENTED, WITH A PUZZLED LOOK. "YES A DAY YOU KNOW ........EACH DAY HAS 24 HOURS,", JESUS REPLIED. EMBARRASSINGLY MICHAEL ASKED, " AND WHAT IS AN HOUR?" "ITS ANOTHER BITE SIZE MOMENT OF TIME FOR HUMANS TO PROCESS LIFE AND STAR FRESH, EACH DAY AND OF COURSE EACH YEAR", RESPONDED JESUS.
GOD HAS MADE, THENCE, TO RELATE TO LIFE ON EARTH IN DAYS. PS 39:4. "SHOW ME OH LORD, MY LIFES END AND THE NUMBER OF MY DAYS" THEN GOD TOOK DAYS AND BUILT THEM INTO YEARS. PS 90:10. "THE LENGTH OF OUR DAYS IS SEVENTY YEARS OR EIGHTY, IF WE HAVE THE STRENGTH.
VS. 12. " TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS ARIGHT, THAT WE MAY GAIN A HEART OF WISDOM"
A NEW DAY, A NEW YEAR IS THE GIFT OF DAYS, THAT GOD GIVES US IN OUR EARTHLY LIVES. IT KEEPS WITH GOD'S REDEMPTIVE NATURE AND THAT HE IS, IE: A GOD OF SECOND CHANCES. YOU WILL LIVE OUT A NEW JANUARY 1st, 2nd, 3 rd, THAT YOU HAVE NEVER LIVED BEFORE.
JANUARY 1, 2013 MIGHT HAVE BEEN A NIGHTMARE DAY, LAST YEAR....BUT JANUARY 1, 2014 CAN BE AN AWESOME DAY, THIS YEAR!
WE HAVE THE HOPE OF NEW DAYS, NEW OPPORTUNITIES WITH A NEW YEAR. MAYBE IN FEBRUARY OF LAST YEAR YOU MADE SOME SCREW BALL DECISION THAT HAUNTED YOU FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR, BUT THIS YEAR YOU GET A CHANCE TO HAVE A DIFFERENT FEBRUARY. REFLECT AND ASK YOURSELF, "WHAT WAS THE MONTH I CAVED IN LAST YEAR AND MADE SCREWBALL DECISIONS?" BECAUSE THIS YEAR, THIS DAY, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE!
HERE ON THE 1ST DAY OF THE YEAR WE HAVE THE FIRST DAY EVER CREATED AND BECAUSE OF THAT WE HAVE THE HOPE OF A NEW DAY, A NEW YEAR AND THE SHEET OF PAPER IS BLANK AND GOD IS WANTING TO WRITE, ALONG WITH US, A NEW CHAPTER. IT IS AS IF IF HE GIVES US A BLANK CHECK TODAY AND SAYS, "GO AHEAD AND WRITE IN WHAT YOU WANT FOR THIS YEAR". AND WE SAY, "YES AND AMEN......AND WHO SIGNS IT LORD?" THE LORD SAYS, "YOU DO!" AND WE ASK, "HOW?" AND HE SAYS, "YOU SIGN IT WITH FAITH". WHILE WE CANNOT PROPHESY OVER OUR OWN YEAR, WE CAN MAKE A DIRECT INFLUENCE ON OUR YEAR BY GOING IN TO THIS YEAR WITH FAITH, BELIEVING HIM BY FAITH FOR HIS PROMISES AND BECAUSE HE HAS CREATED THE DAY, JESUS CAN NOW ALSO SAY, "AND LET MY MERCIES BE RENEWED "EACH DAY" FOR THEM AND CERTAINLY "EACH YEAR"!