Ⅱ Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

The last day of the year. A bit depressing, yet exciting at the same time. Perhaps you are thankful that this year is finally over, maybe you are sorrowful it went by so fast. Some years are harder than others and some are just more eventful than others, but one thing is for sure, they all fly by.

Take a minute to think back on the year. Think about what happened that affected you, that changed you, and think about circumstances and situations that arose. Ponder over it and ask yourself these questions: am I closer to the Lord, have I learned from the situations and circumstances this year, and how will I be different this year.

God is not interested in stagnation, God is interested in you growing. He is interested in your family growing, your work, your church, and you personally, most of all. Things happen, situations arise, and trials come and go for the perfecting of our character. Let us rejoice in these things. We are one year closer to being home with Christ. We are that much closer to the last stage of humankind as we know it on this earth. It should be with us like it is for a little child on the eve of their birthday, eagerly awaiting the day.

Let us this coming year as we close out the present, focus on being led of the Spirit. Let us purpose in ourselves as Believers, “Lord, whatever you have in store for this coming year, let me rely on your Spirit more.”

It is an exciting time. Regardless of what this past year may have held for you, purpose in your heart to be led of the Spirit this year. Perhaps this is the year the Lord will take us home.

Live with anticipation.

Happy New Year and may God richly bless you.

60-1231 - “Revelation, Chapter Four #1”

Our Heavenly Father, as this New Year's Eve… just about two hours now and it'll be over, there will be a new year. What we have done this year we have did. Many things that I've done, that, I'm ashamed of myself; I repent of those, Lord. And there's a lot of things that I've done that many of my brethren didn't understand. Many of my brothers out in the fields don't understand in why I did them. But, Father, I did them because I was led to do them. I pray, Father, that You will never let me be ashamed of that leading. But lead me on, Lord, to continue to do as I am led to do. Help me, God, because I seek sincerely to know Your will, that I might do it to bring (as You showed me many years ago when I left this church) the Bread of Life to the peoples of the world.