Wherever you are in the world, dear Child of God, whether you be on land or sea, far from loved ones or near to them, you can cross from the old year of 2012 into the new year of 2013, with confidence and assurance that the Lord goes into the unknown future with you. This cannot be for those who are not children of God.
God’s promise that He will be with you is a privilege for you are stepping into your tomorrows banked on the unchanging Word of God. The world may bank with financial institutions some of which are tottering into bankruptcy and uncertainty. Our God guarantees our future and our spiritual investments which no earthly bank can do. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.
God has proven His love to you in giving you salvation, forgiveness of sins and a hope in heaven. What hope does the world give but worries, worries, worries? Your future is secured because He lives and we have an Intercessor at the right hand of our Father in heaven, who knows our frailties, who pities us as we are His children and will not forsake us in our hours of need as He prays for us. Even the Holy Spirit will pray for us with groanings that cannot be uttered and only Jesus knows even when we do not understand our situation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever. As He has not failed in the past, He will not fail us in the future.
God is your Refuge and Strength – you can run into Him and find refuge against the enemy’s onslaughts of which there will be not a few in 2013, if you are following the Lord closely. For the enemy prowls like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. However, greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. He will keep us safe and give us renewed strength to overcome all odds if we do not run away and “hide” from Him so that our sins block us from Him.
God is above and over all. Is that not wonderful that He is in control over everything that pertains to you? It is a privilege that only those who commit their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ totally are assured of, it is because what we are and become is dependent on our choice. Will we surrender our all to Him? or will we compromise and retain some pocket or area of our life so that He is not in control there and we are responsible for the end results for every choice we make has consequences .
He says “Come unto Me all you who are heavy-leaden, and I will give you rest. ” . Have you cast your burdens on the Lord? If not do so and rest on His breast as you march into 2013 – let His peace, love and joy abide with you as you lean on His everlasting arms. No fear or enemy can cause panic or turmoil for He says “Peace be still” and all will obey for He is Master of the winds and waves that beat around us in this life.
Praise the Lord – enjoy. There are privileges for the Child of God.
Response : He’s got the whole world in His hands. He’s got you and me brother/sister. He’s got us His children in His hands.
Keep me in the hollow of thy hand,
Lead me through this wild and stormy land,
Thou doth guide my feet though the pathway may be steep,
Keep me in the hollow of thy hand.
Keep me keep me day by day,
Guide me guide me all the way,
Never never let me stray,
Keep me in the hollow of thy hand.
Keep me in the center of thy will,
All thy plans for me may-I fulfill,
As I go my way, help me Lord from day to day,
Keep me in the center of thy will.
Keep me keep me day by day……..
If you are not a child of God, today you can be.. for His Word says
For God so loved that world (it includes you) that He gave His only Son
That whosoever (it includes you) believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.
1. You need to accept Jesus loves you so much that He gave His life a ransom for the penalty for your sins which is eternal death and separation from God.
2. You need to accept Him without delay, as Your Saviour and ask Him to forgive you of your sins and to cleanse you for that is the way of peace with God.
3. Then ask Jesus Christ to come into your life to be your Lord whom You will trust and obey to lead you in the future in all you do and helping you turn from sin.
You can experience His keeping and protecting power in the days ahead. You will then experience the privilege of being a Child of God.