Jan. 1, 2016
MY FRIENDS, IT’S A NEW YEAR NOW WHAT?
My friends, Success in 2016 will only come from finishing the course Christ sets before us. We cannot loose the desire to move ahead by forever escalating Christ in our life. He must always be the focal point of our existence.
In addition, we must forever “look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV)
Our lives are like an artist canvas and each stroke of the brush takes us to another level on our journey to the Promise land with our Savior shaping us into the character of his abiding love, while using a mixture of His blood, along with His love, grace and mercy as the medium.
“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) So the question we must ask ourselves, How far in 2016 will we allow our heart to move where Christ has been trying to take us? Remember 2017 or even tomorrow is not promised to anyone?
And what is our vision in regards to our Salvation and finishing up Christ mandate? Remember Satan is a strategists, he knows every area of our life we are weak in and he knows the areas that will cause us to lose our vision and our desire for God’s kingdom.
In addition, 2016 must be the year every area of our life is “crucified with Christ; [as we allow self to die completely, while understanding once self dies then] it is no longer [you or] I who lives, but Christ living in us; and the life which [we] now live in the flesh [we] live by faith in the Son of God, who loved each of us and gave Himself up for [our Salvation.]” Gal 2:20 (KJV)
And once we recognize that, we then begin to understand, there is no limit to what our God can do as we lay it all at the feet of Christ and say not my will but thy will be done. Health issues, not my will but thy will be done.
Family issues or a child whose life is completely contrary to the Christian up-bringing they received at home, not my will but thy will be done. Gossip, lying, adultery, fornication, homosexuality the list is infinite and the many resources God gives us to overcome and conquer, is also infinite.
But we must lay it at the feet of Christ, grab hold of our faith and cry out with heartfelt sincerity and repentance, not my will but thy will be done. As His Chosen, we must maintain a willingness to subject our small and insignificant Minds and desires to the greater goal of carrying our cross for Christ as we approach the end of this controversy between good and evil.
In addition, once we understand it is not about us. God’s will takes over. Paul tells us in Rom 6:11-14 (NKJV) “In the same way, look upon yourselves as dead to the appeal and power of sin but alive to God through Christ Jesus our Lord.
My friends, heaven is our destination and as the stroke of the blood of Christ continues to finish our life’s picture, sin can never be our master, as we are forever being renewed through Christ, even throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity.
Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.