“2014” — A Smooth Transition — “2015”

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13(8)

smooth_transitionIn the political arena when an election causes a change in a political office, it is not uncommon to hear them speak of expecting a smooth transition. Our focus is not on a political transition but rather concerning entering a new year.  Through the greatness of our God we expect a smooth transition from “2014” to “2015”.

In a world of turmoil and uncertainty, we can move forward in confidence knowing we serve an unchanging Savior. His power and authority that was manifested in the old year will continue unchanged into the new year. The abundant love and mercy of our Lord will provide a continuous comfort and calming effect upon our lives as we look unto Him.

His spiritual provisions in times of trouble will be available without interruption. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.” Psalm 138(7) The ability to rejoice in the face of adversity will continue to be a vital part of our spiritual armor. “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.” Psalm 27(5-6)

We rejoice in the knowledge and assurance that we will be able to transition smoothly into the new year as we walk hand in hand with our Savior!

He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13(5)

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Where Challenges Abound, Opportunities Abound Also

“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”
I Corinthians 16(9)

Road to Opportunity

As we approach the advent of a new year, the challenges we face are many. We are comforted to know we can meet these challenges with faith and anticipation, realizing there are opportunities that accompany the challenges.

We are embarking on a journey that we have not experienced before. This brings us face to face with the realm of the unknown. While some may react in fear, we can welcome the opportunity of looking to the Lord and allowing Him to walk with us. We read in 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 direction we need will be afforded us. “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Isaiah 30(21) The critical key is trusting and acknowledging the Lord. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3(5-6)

To many the entrance into the new year may bring a fear of being alone with no one to help them. For the Christian believer this challenge is met with the knowledge that we will not walk alone. Our loving Lord and Savior will be with us every step of the way. Moses experienced the promise of God’s presence as he looked to the Lord for the help he needed. “Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” Exodus 33(13-14)

While it is true that the challenges before us are many, we can rejoice knowing there are glorious opportunities that accompany them. Let us look to the Lord in faith and obedience that we may explore these opportunities for His glory and the salvation of many souls.

Exiting 2012 with Thanksgiving

“…Thine is the Kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee. and praise thy glorious name.” I Chronicles 29(11-13)

We witness the passing of another year with thankfulness for the multitude blessings that have been bestowed upon us through the graciousness of our loving Heavenly Father. He is the true source of the many good things that come our way and we are instructed in Colossians 3(15) to be thankful. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Surely we must put the gift of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ at the top of the list. We read in II Corinthians 9(15); “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” The word “unspeakable” in this verse comes from a Greek word meaning “that which cannot be fully declared.” Truly, the gift of God’s Son is beyond human understanding and man’s vocabulary is incapable of describing the greatness of God’s love towards us.

We also are blessed and render sincere thanks to God for those we labor with and on behalf of in the harvest field. “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth.” II Thessalonians 1(3)

As we transition from 2012 to 2013, we do so with the wonderful and comforting assurance that God’s presence will go with us. “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” Exodus 33(14) May God’s richest blessings attend you as you go forward for His glory!

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