This week people everywhere are beginning a new year. They are thinking about making a “fresh start.” Business owners are setting annual goals. Students are getting back into the grind of classes and study. While employees are starting back to work and trying to return to the groove of normalcy.
For millions, this week will be one of the toughest of their year. For some, the first week back since the holidays will serve as a dim reminder of loneliness, loss and the futility of life. It will simply mark the beginning of another year of struggle and stress.
Let me ask, what about you? What is 2018 really going to be like for you? Have you decided?
On the outside you may appear to be happy enough, passing out smiles and daily greetings just like everyone else. But inside, you may be hurting. You may be disappointed. If you were truly honest with yourself, you might even admit that you’re afraid. You may be thinking, “What’s the point of another year?”
If that is your situation, I’d like you to be encouraged by the only survivor of an airplane crash who was given no chance of living a normal life. I chose to believe for better… I pressed into God and His Word for more, and He answered me! God is no respecter of persons… what He did for me, He will do for you. Allow me to say that all of those negative feelings and attitudes can change in an instant. You can start your life over this week and make 2018 the most joyful, fruitful and productive year of your life! That’s certainly what God wants for you.
How many times have you said to yourself, “If I could just start over, I’d do it all differently?” It doesn’t have to be simply an idle wish. The Lord Jesus has actually made it possible. That’s His wonderful promise to me and to you. He paid the price for all our sins. He paid the penalty for all of our mistakes. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is found in Romans 10:13, “…whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Not only saved from hell for eternity, though obviously that’s huge! But also saved from the power of sin over us. Saved from depression, hurt, anger, lack, unforgiveness, hopelessness. Saved to start again and build a life worth living.
Look at what Paul stated in Philippians 3:13-14. “…forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” The upward call of God is for an abundant life. That’s why Jesus came. “Jesus told us, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10.
He’s not necessarily referring to abundance in money as some teach, (though He can bless in that way as well), but abundance in blessings–body, soul and spirit… in godliness and peace.
You may look at last year and your life in general and say, “… I’ve made some terrible mistakes. I’ve done some despicable things.” Well, that’s not important right now. In fact, your past failures don’t matter once you’ve repented. Jesus Christ paid the price for them all! And when He forgives He also forgets about them.
How can you make a new start? Romans 10:9 says that, “if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.” It’s amazing how loving and forgiving our God is! It is literally as easy as saying, “Jesus, I’m turning my life over to You. From this day forward, I’m Yours. This day is Yours and this year is Yours. I want to live my life in a way that’s pleasing to You, and live a life that you can bless.”
When God instructed His children to bring the tithes, He described for them to bring their first fruits. What better time to turn your life around than on this first week of the new year. Right now, wherever you are, speak out loud and give your life– or rededicate your life–to Jesus. Then literally get happy. Act like what you’ve done has happened. Not to fake it but to get in agreement in faith with what you have prayed. No kidding. Jump up and down and and see yourself as free and being given a fresh start. Get excited about what God is going to do this year. Tell God something like this. “Praise You Lord! I’ve given you my all – I’m starting all over with Your help!”
If you’ll do that right now and agree with that at the beginning of every day this year, I believe you are in for the best year yet. Give God your best. Place His Word as final authority in your life. Start today and find out what it really means to have a happy new year! And don’t forget, with God nothing is impossible!
Dale and Paula
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Your last video, wow, so nicely put. A word I needed today after being disobedient to what I knew was a wrong choice. But the word is true so I believe God will use my mistake for His glory!! Anna G.
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So thankful for the lives you touch each day. I know you taught me a lot about faith when I first read your book and subscribed to your videos. We love you both every much. Greg & Sue
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