The Beginning Of A New Year
- NEW EXPERIENCES AWAIT US.
Joshua 3:4 = "Yet there shall be a space between
you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not
near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must
go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore."
- THE FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN.
4:14 = "Whereas ye know not what shall
be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even
a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth
- ONE THING IS FOR CERTAIN GOD IS IN THE
90:2 = "Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from
everlasting to everlasting, thou art God."
- WE ARE IMPRESSED WITH THE THOUGHT
- Time means nothing to God because
he has all of it.
= "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one
thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand
years, and a thousand years as one day."
- Time is important to man because he
has so little of it.
14:1 = "Man that is born of a woman is
of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like
a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and
90:10 = " The days of our years are threescore
years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore
years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is
soon cut off, and we fly away."
90:12 = "So teach us to number our days, that
we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."
5:16 = "Redeeming the time, because the days
- THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN WE
TAKE STOCK OR LOOK AT THE PAST YEAR.
- We should take stock of our blessings.
65:11 = "Thou crownest the year with thy
goodness; and thy paths drop fatness."
- Take stock of your Christian
- What progress have you made during
the past year.
- What are your weaknesses and strengthen
- What do I need to do to improve
and work on it.
- LAY ASIDE THE WEIGHTS WHICH HAVE
RETARDED OUR PROGRESS
12:1 = "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed
about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside
every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before
- Lay aside all malice, guile,
hypocrisies, envies, and evil speakings.
Peter 2:1 = "Wherefore laying aside all
malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies,
and all evil speakings,"
- Lay aside lukewarmness.
3:15-16 = "I know thy works, that thou
art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or
hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither
cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."
- Lay aside worldliness.
4:4 = "Ye adulterers and adulteresses,
know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity
with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the
world is the enemy of God."
John 2:15-17 = "Love not the world, neither
the things that are in the world. If any man love the
world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all
that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the
lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the
Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away,
and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of
God abideth for ever."
- Lay aside sorrows.
the most sheltered of lives, storms and disappointments
will come, but they should be accepted so as to become
wings to lift and not weights to hold us down. A piece
of tallow and a piece of clay can be placed equal distances
from a flame and one will melt and the other hardened.
Some of lifes experiences will harden and last
while others will melt away.
- Lay aside everything that absorbs our
energies and retards our progress.
13:45-46 = "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like
unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had
found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had,
and bought it."
- CONCLUSION: WHAT WILL YOU RESOLVE
FOR THIS YEAR?
- GOOD RESOLUTIONS ARE NECESSARY TO
MORAL AND SPIRITUAL ADVANCEMENT.
the water pitcher is broken do you quit drinking water?
We seek another means of securing this life sustaining fluid.
- RESOLVE TO MAKE THIS A HAPPY YEAR.
144:15 = "Happy is that people, that is in
such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the
- RESOLVE TO DESIRE TO BE MORE LIKE
- Drink deep into the milk of Gods
Word to grow stronger.
Peter 2:2 = "As newborn babes, desire
the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"
- Be more like Christ walking in His
Peter 2:21 = "For even hereunto were ye called:
because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example,
that ye should follow his steps:"
- RESOLVE TO READ THE BIBLE AND PRAY
Timothy 4:13 = "Till I come, give attendance
to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine."
= "Pray without ceasing."
- RESOLVE TO RESIST THE DEVIL.
4:7-8 = "Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw
nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your
hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded."
- RESOLVE TO MANIFEST PEACE AND NOT
STRIFE IN THE CHURCH.
14:19 = "Let us therefore follow after the
things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may
5:9 = "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they
shall be called the children of God."
20:3 = "It is an honour for a man to cease
from strife: but every fool will be meddling."
133:1 = "Behold, how good and how pleasant
it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
4:3 = "Endeavouring to keep the unity of
the Spirit in the bond on peace."
- RESOLVE TO PRESS EVER FORWARD IN THE SERVICE
3:13-14 = "Brethren, I count not myself to
have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those
things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things
which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
9:62 = "And Jesus said unto him, No man,
having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is
fit for the kingdom of God."
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