Happy New Year, Dear Ones! 🎉🎊🎆
Can you believe it? The holidays are over, 2018 is behind us, and all of 2019 lies before us...new and empty...like a fresh canvas! What does the new year hold for you and your family and how will you fill the days that you have been given?
Many people are fearful right now (myself included, if I allow myself to entertain the lies of the enemy), but, honestly, now is NOT the time to fear. As my cousin, Dave, says, "What a wonderful time to be alive!"
There are so many wonderful and exciting things going on in our world today and, what we see in the physical realm, is just a reflection of what's going on in the spiritual realm.
Yes, battles are raging on every front, the weather is crazy and so are the politicians, and everything that can be shaken IS being shaken! BUT that's just how Jesus said it would be just before His soon return! And, while the dark is, obviously, growing darker, as the day of Jesus' soon return grows closer, so, too, is the light growing brighter. There are a LOT of great and wonderful and godly things happening in our world today. Most people just don't hear about them because they're, either, tuned-in exclusively to the world's conduits of information, or else they're so closed off they that hear nothing at all and are left to their own imaginations as the enemy wreaks havoc upon their very souls.
Now is not the time to fear! It is the time to rejoice! We are seeing Biblical prophecy being played out before our very eyes and, even though it may not look like it in the natural, everything is right on target and right in line with God's Word.
This is a WONDERFUL time to be alive and, in the year ahead, I expect that, as followers of Jesus Christ, we are going to see greater and more magnificent things than we've ever even dared to think or dream about!
Don't be afraid! Press into the Word! Put it in your eyes (read it) and put it in your ears (read it aloud...listen to it on CD...listen to preachers that teach Biblical truth) and determine to do so every single day. "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).
Seek the Lord while He may be found and trust Him to open up your path step-by-step before you at every turn. In the midst of the storm, keep your eyes on Jesus for He is "...the way, the truth, and the life..." and "...no man cometh unto the Father...but by..." Him! (John 14:6).
It's a new year and it's time to celebrate and embrace all that the Lord has for His people! Are you ready to step into 2019 with a thirst and hunger for God's Word as never before? If so, lay it out to the Lord today. Repent of your sins, ask His forgiveness, delve into a good, time-tested, tried-and-true version of the Bible (I recommend the King James, but, if you prefer to use another version, that's fine...just test it against the KJV to make sure that's it really saying the same thing, because, honestly, you can get bibles today that will say anything you want them to say...in the end stick with the time-tested integrity of the KJV), then, put your hand to the plow, and don't look back!
No matter what the enemy throws in your path...no matter what lies he whispers in your ear...you just keep on keepin' on and don't take no for an answer! If God's Word says it, you believe it, because it is the TRUTH! In fact, God's Word is the only truth there is in this world! In the end, what you did with it (receiving it, believing it, and confessing Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior) is the only thing that is going to matter!
Well...that's all I've got to say this morning. I wish each and every one of you a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year and blessings on every front!
Until next time...
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