"It is good to give thanks to the Lord", Psalm 92.
God will guard the feet of His faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail…The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; He will give strength to His king and exalt the horn of His Anointed.” – 1 Samuel 2: 9,10.
In dark times, God gives us enough light for each step, as and when we have to walk. In order to receive that light, we need to be tuned to the right channel, giving it priority. Surely, darkness that trips the ungodly lurks even in relatively innocent channels like friendship and commerce.
If we receive on other channels (and we do), then God’s channel needs to be the one governing both how we choose, and how we interpret what we see and hear.
Welcome this Lord’s Day, be encouraged in walking His way through 2019.
Forgetting what lies behind … I press on toward the goal … Philippians 3:13, 14
The Christian’s goal is to glorify God. As 2018 draws to a close we must forget those areas of our lives when we have not glorified God as we ought to have done, but rather press towards our goal to be more useful and pleasing to God. May our goals be to please Him; to delight in Him; to desire Him above all; and to know Him more intimately than ever before. Some things need to be renounced and others more diligently disciplined. It is not the pace we set at the beginning, but the race we maintain to the end. A crown awaits us and the Lord requires nothing less than our best as we journey through 2019.
May this coming year be one in which we all bring glory to our Lord and Saviour.
“And Jesus is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast” Colossians 1:19-22
Reconciliation is costly and involves pain.
What a glory that the cost and the pain of our evil is no longer on us.
For this, Jesus was born. Be humbled, in awe, and amazed!