WELCOME TO 2014

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new…” Revelation 21:5.
How pleased we are with that which is new! Our children’s eyes sparkle when we talk of giving them a toy or a book which is called new; for our short-lived human nature loves that which has lately come, and is therefore like our own fleeting selves. We all eagerly demand the news of the day, and are all too apt to rush after the “many new inventions” of the hour.
We are at this moment specially launch into a new year. The most of men have grown weary with the old cry of depression of trade and hard times; we are glad to escape from what has been to many a twelve-months of great trial. The last year had become wheezy, croaking, and decrepit, in its old age; and we lay it asleep with a psalm of judgment and mercy. We hope that this newborn year will be a great deal better.
The new year brings with it a sense of hope and newness. Many of us take this time to look at ourselves and make commitments or resolutions for what we consider a better life. We want to get rid of the old and put on the new don’t we?
New years resolutions are much like the molting process that the adult lobster goes through once a year. In order to grow, lobsters have to rid themselves of their old, hard, protective shell and grow a new, larger one. This process of shedding an old shell is called molting. It is an ugly, messy process. Under the pressure, the old, hard, protective shell cracks. Then the lobster lies on its side, flexes its muscles, and pulls itself from the cracked shell. For a short time— between the leaving of the old shell and the hardening of a new one— the lobster is naked, feeling very vulnerable to the elements.
“In a sense we are all as the lobsters. … Our growth into Christ likeness requires we get rid of our old, hard, protective shells and allow God to take us to a new place in Him.” New Years is as good a time as any to follow the example of the adult lobster—to molt at least once a year, leaving our old, hard, protective selves behind and allowing ourselves a new sense of vulnerability and room to grow.
In Ephesians 5:15-17, the Apostle Paul writing to the church in Ephesus gives us some direction on how a Christian should live their lives which is peculiar to times such as this. As we follow these guidelines for living not only will our physical lives flourish but our spiritual lives will also be brought into a closer relationship with God. “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do” Ephesians 5:15-17.
The first thing we see here is that we are to live wisely. To live with wisdom. Wisdom is profitable to direct (Ecc. 10:10), it is a directional tool. A wise man doesn’t lack direction, he is not confused or confounded. The new year ahead of us will tender before us choices to make and it is left for us to discern through wisdom the right ones to make.
Secondly, we must make the most of every opportunity. Opportunities are oftentimes like flashes; they come and only the prepared gets advantages of them. Prepare your heart this new year, be ready to lay hold of every good opportunities the Lord will bring before you this year. Be prepared. God has launched us into the newness of days, it’s a brand new year with all possibilities lying ahead of us. Let us lay hold of this new year and every opportunity therein.
Thirdly, you must not go into the new year without knowing what the Lord wants of you. It is the time to sought God’s face and ask what His perfect counsel is for you in 2014. I beseech you by the mercies of God that you should not proceed into the year without direction from God’s Spirit. Moses in Exodus 33:15 said “If God’s presence will not go with him, God should not move him a step” This should also be our heart cry. Life without God’s counsel, guidance and direction is full of trials and errors. To life a life of purpose, ease & joy, desire of the Lord what His counsel is toward you.
Happy New Year!
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Shalom!

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