Pastor Bill Meadows

January 1, 2014

“Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” (Proverb 27:1).

We stand on the threshold of a new year. Most people generally look at the new year as a fresh beginning, as an opportunity to kind of start over to overcome a habit , or do a better job of something they see as important and to needs improvement. It may be parenting, being a better spouse, losing weight (which, by the way, is the number one resolution according to polls taken). It may be developing different priorities, using our time better, or a whole host of things that people would like to change. We know that these resolutions usually are broken in a matter of weeks. Many people are very pessimistic about the whole issue of making resolutions, and rightly so, because so many good intentions are followed by a history of past failure. There is one resolution or a goal for anyone that is found in Jeremiah 18:11 “Return ye now everyone from his evil way, and make your ways and your doing good.” This is the voice of mercy which is anxious about each person.. Justice may slay the sinner which is anxious about each person, but mercy would slay the sin and spare the sinner.

As a Christian or even if you are not we all need to prepare the best we can for the journey that is ahead of you this coming year. Our walk as a Christian is a walk of faith. We have no way of knowing what each new day will bring our way. As individuals, we could have a year full with peace, prosperity, and happiness. On the other hand, we could bring loss of health of property, of friends, or loved ones. The Lord has told us what to do about the unknown future. We must live by faith, trusting in Jesus, and believing that God will make all things work together for our good. This will prepare our mind and emotion to receive, at God’s hand, whatever come our way.

Life is full of surprises, some good and some bad. We may face unexpected sickness. Last week I needed to go the ER at CAMC. Most of you know I hate hospitals, but I was having problem with my heart, that was not the plan I had for Christmas week! I thank God for a Christian Doctor and I was able to come home just before Christmas. As we walked in faith in 2013 we need to do the same in 2014, and we need to walk close to God as He leads us step by step through His blessed Holy Word and through the Holy Spirit. We can walk in faith, believing that God will make all things work together for our good. This will prepare our mind and emotions to receive, at God’s hand, whatever comes our way.

Paul tells us that God is able and willing to accomplish all that He had promised that is one reason Christians don’t have to stagger back because of the mystery or the miracle that was part of our life.

It has been said that for every command of God there is a promise from God. If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour in 2013 you can ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins in 2014. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Roman 10:13). If you received that promise He will fulfill that promise. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). This is a promise to the sinners and that promise is Jesus Christ. We all know that a sinner will never obey God’s commandments until he first receives Jesus Christ as his Savior.

Why don’t you confess your sin’s and start the new year as a child of God in 2014?