HAPPY NEW YEAR, Dear Readers!!!
It has been another year with you and let me greet you with my morning devotional that gave an apt realization to wrap up my 2019 and prepare for the upcoming 2020.
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.Hebrews 10:19-25 NASB
Experiencing a “new year” is great. It gives us the hope of living a new life, getting another shot at things, and looking at a different perspective. Well, literally speaking, we do get those “chances” of living a new life day by day by experiencing God’s grace over grace over grace. I think Psychologically speaking, we get that “sense” of belongingness to the rest of the world who are wanting to do the same every New Year.
As I read through Hebrews, this set of verses stuck on me because it made me realize that since I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, I became anew – not just one time, but I am getting renewed day by day. I admit, there have been few spiritual battles here and now (sometimes I lose, sometimes I win), but every time I repent on my sins, I feel renewed. To be clear, becoming a Christian doesn’t make us sinless. It makes us sin less and less.
Jesus’ as the ultimate and perfect sacrifice that was made ages ago gives us this confidence to continue living farther away from our old lives and into the new as long as we keep a tight grip of our Faith. Yes, another new year, new chances, but do we really do things right this time or do the right things this time around? We always say ‘yes’ or ‘will try’ but having learned Hebrews 10:19-25, the call to action required a resounding “YES I WILL” and with concrete actions.
These verses also encouraged me as a DGroup Leader to continue with the Great Commission and I never felt so reassured the way the Bible does it. I should no longer wait for another 365 days to come into full circle before changing my ways. I should no longer wait for another new year to tell me when to start the change. I should no longer wait for another traditional celebration just to make me realize the things I need to change. I am anew because of God’s immeasurable love and grace. I am anew day by day because of Jesus’ blood that washed my sins and made me right with God. I am anew inside and out because of the Holy Spirit living in me.
My prayers are for consistency and for a stronger heart for modern day persecutions and discouragements. My prayers are also with anyone who is reading this that may this New Year signify your true start of change if needed be. May this new year won’t just be a sole reason for change. May this coming 2020, more lives would come to know JESUS as they get to realize the bondage of sins they are entangled in. That may everyone see and witness God as a Way-Maker, Promise-Keeper, and a Miracle Worker in their own personal lives because that’s how marvelous He is. His love is intentional to each and one of us.
For my co-leaders in the church, let us not lose Faith and continue to encourage one another. We all need accountability as well as we become more susceptible to the worldly pleasures. For potential leaders, do not be afraid. I was once afraid and does still feel afraid at times but please, take this new year as an opportunity to take a leap (not just on your stairs) on your Faith. Depend on God’s wonderful plans for you. Surrender and feel the victorious peace with the Lord. There will always be struggles in leading but you’ll be at peace. For those who haven’t met Christ yet, allow Him to find you. Read your Bible and start with the Book of John. We will never find God, He finds us and continuously pursues us. Allow God to touch your heart by learning Jesus’ love for us. Find an accountability group and realize your dire need for spiritual mirrors.
Again, I wish everyone a Happy New Year and may we all grow closer to the One who gave us another year to celebrate and seize because of His precious blood – Jesus.