Let the New Year Begin!

2018

My son commented the other day, “Hard to believe we are approaching the 2020’s!”

He is right. 2020 sounded like something from a futuristic space movie to me, but now it is rapidly approaching.

What does your 2018 New Year look like?

Are you excited to start a new fresh year  with the hope of pursuing your best self? Or, are you more of the persuasion that 2018 is just another year?

Lamentations 3:23, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is His faithfulness.

It is a verse that I hold close to my heart because some years are easier to start than others, especially when there is conflict or loss in our lives. Sometimes it is hard to find something to look forward to or it is difficult to believe we can possibly make a change which will impact our lives.

But God promises us something different. Because of His great love – HIS GREAT LOVE – for you and for me – we are not consumed.

Today you may feel consumed. You may believe God has forgotten you, and there is no hope in your future. Whether you are 5 or 95, God has a new morning for you. He is faithful. You will not be consumed.

There are 4 truths I recommend to those who are struggling with a New Year.

  1. God is with us… “…because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence,’The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’ ” – Hebrews 13: 5-6             
  2. He keeps His promises…  ” ‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you. ” – Isaiah 54:10.
  3. He will provide for you…      “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19. 
  4.  He will protect you… “ The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14.     

I want to encourage you today to keep these scriptures close to your heart as you start this New Year! Incorporate them into your day. Speak them over your life. Believe that God holds your answer.


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