Thoughts for the New Year

Norbert Lieth

1. “...Old things are passed away...” (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Fear of living actually stems from guilt and sin. Only those who are rid of the burden of the past can go lightly and worry free through the portal of a new year. Jesus Christ is powerful enough to forgive all sins. We just need to confess them to Him.

2. “...Behold, all things are become new...” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Someone once said, “One day can be a pearl, and a century, nothing.” The one who gives his life to Jesus wins eternity; the one who lives without Jesus is losing everything.

3. “Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed...” (1 Chronicles 4:10). When the gifted artist Michelangelo began the greatest work of his life in the Sistine Chapel, he painted first two hands blessing. He knew what we also need to know for a new year: “Everything depends on God’s blessing.”

4. “What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter” (John 13:7). Many things that happen seem confusing; many ways of God toward us seem inexplicable, but in eternity we will understand why, because God never makes mistakes.

5. “...The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20). For those who live by faith in Jesus, this faith goes on to become effective: there is no greater faith than that. Living with Jesus means reaching the target, for HE is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

6. “...Thy will be done in earth...” (Matthew 6:10). Following the Lord with a perfect heart and obeying Him brings blessing never imagined and is the best prerequisite for spiritual success. Taking the step that we avoided until now, makes us happy and brings us freedom.

7. “And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord...” (Luke 12:36). William MacDonald said: “It is not good enough just to defend the truth of His coming; this truth must dominate us.” The most active and sanctified Christians are those who rely on the return of Jesus and who love His appearing. That is why Pastor Wilhelm Busch recommended: “Always join the believers who wait for the Lord’s return.”

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