I had the joy of reading this following passage aloud in church the other day. The words are so powerful when read out loud.
‘I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ Romans 8:38-9
A New Year gives us time to look back and to look forward. For most of us 2019 has given us good memories and some we wish to forget. 2020 feels like a fresh start and we need to leave the last year behind. Kindness and forgiveness can bring help and comfort to all.
‘Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.’ Ephesians 4:32
God is in control of everything. We do not need to run the world. He has only asked us to be obedient and tell others of His judgement and love.
‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.’ Romans 1:16
Sin is deeper than we ever recognised, righteousness higher than we ever realised and judgement closer than we ever realised.
‘He will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement.’ John 16:8
Are we sometimes afraid or terrified about the future. We don’t need to be; God goes with us and before us.
‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord our God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.’ Deuteronomy 31:6
There can be many worries and dangers in life. Problems seem to come to us from all directions. What can we do about it?
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.’ Psalm 3:5-6
This New Year may we pray the teaspoon prayer:-
T. S. P. :- THANKS – SORRY – PLEASE
(any cook will explain this to you)
Difficult times help us to rely more on God. Sorrow and suffering help us to grow. In everything God has our good at heart.
‘You are good and what You do is good.’ Psalm 119:68
What is the New Year resolution going to be? You can’t do much better than this.
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your path straight.’ Psalm 3:5-6
‘Were the whole world of nature mine,
That were an offering far too small,
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.’