No doubt, many either stayed up to RING IN THE NEW YEAR or slept FROM ALL THE FUN CHEER!
But one thing is for sure, if you are reading this, you made it into 2017! Congrats! I’m sure 2016 had its shares of good & bad and ups & downs, and 2017 will probably be the same to a point. We don’t know a lot of what 2017 may hold, but as Christians, we shouldn’t fret because we already know who holds tomorrow! (Praise Jesus!)
I’m sure there are millions and even billions out there who have set “NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS.” I, for one, didn’t necessarily make resolutions but instead set goals with a game plan. I’m sure that not all of my “plans” will go as I want them to this year but someone wise once said,
“He who aims at nothing hits it every time.”
I should at least try, right?
How silly would it be for someone to go to war without a game plan?
I’d say, ridiculous!
But yet, as Christians, we carelessly go to war EVERYDAY without THEE GAME PLAN – The Word of God and if you read the Bible, you will find that in this Book, there is the ARMOUR of God.
Now, going back to that quote… I’m sure with the NEW YEAR, many wanted to have some “Spiritual Encouragement” and therefore attended church on Sunday. After all, what better way to start 2017 than by going to God’s House, right? But sadly, that won’t be “A REGULAR THING.” I don’t mean to be negative but I’ve seen it year after year…
Today, Church is viewed as “an obligation” rather than “a privilege.” It has become more of a gathering place of friends to fellowship rather than a place to worship the Living God. It has become a place for entertainment rather than a place of exalting the One, True God. Rather than it being a safe-haven for the hurt, it becomes a secret-place of gossip.
With 2017 already here, let’s strive to make it different from 2016. Let’s make it better. Let’s include the ONE who gave it to us, God.
So I ask you, “How was your 1st day of 2017?” Maybe you ended 2016 believing in your heart that you wouldn’t do certain things or say certain things, but there you were already saying something that wasn’t honest, just, pure, lovely, or of good report. Well, friend, I’m here to tell you that tomorrow can be different. It can be better with God’s help.
Isaiah 43:19 says, “Behold, I will do a NEW THING; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
No matter how your 2016 went, if you know Jesus as your Saviour, you can have confidence. You can accomplish what you never thought you could. You can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth you. (Philippians 4:13)
Don’t be discouraged by whatever happened or didn’t happen in 2016.
Today is a NEW DAY and 2017 is a NEW YEAR!
Don’t be so caught up on LAST YEAR that you miss out on the NEW OPPORTUNITIES, NEW PRIVILEGES, and NEW BLESSINGS that God has in store for you TODAY & THIS YEAR!
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