What will this new year hold for you? None of us are able to see through the portal of the future into the new year. Only God knows our journey — and His loving heart is there no matter what happens. The most important resolution you can make, is to go into this new year holding His Hand. This year, some will face greater hardship, others greater joy — some will experience the death of someone they love, others the joyful birth of a child.
Some of us have determined goals we want to achieve. Goals are good — but do they focus upon God’s mission and purpose for our life or simply our own ideas? Think for a moment, what you are really living for? Is it for God’s glory? This will play a crucial part in how we handle whatever comes our way this year.
Scripture checklist concerning our love for God and desire to glorify Him:
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Rom. 8:28 KJV)
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:2-4 (KJV)
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. 1 Peter 5:10-11 (KJV)
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 1:6-7 (KJV)
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Psalm 119:67, 71 (KJV)
Remember, God has our best interests at heart. If we have faith and trust Him, we will be able to walk through any situation with the confidence that He is in control. Keep focused upon Him and His heart of love for you.
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