Repent and Be Forgiven

Jesus is not physically on earth now, but He is still speaking to us today – through His Word and by His Spirit (John 14:26). He ascended into heaven and will remain there until He comes again in His glorified body, and in great glory, to gather His people (Matthew 24:30-31) and make everything right and new (Revelation 21:3-4).

God’s promise to restore the fallen world through Christ is seen throughout the Bible. Deuteronomy 18:15-19 is God’s promise through Moses that Jesus is the ultimate expression of God’s Word. Indeed, anybody who will not listen to Him cannot be a part of His people. The Old Testament prophets were inspired by the Holy Spirit to speak and write about Jesus (1 Peter 1:10-12) and the Pentecost crowd were the first to hear the explanation of well known but mysterious passages of Scripture (Colossians 1:26-27) – they were all about Jesus restoring a sinful world.

The greatest blessing we can receive starts with turning away from sin. That is repentance. There is no way forward with God without listening to Jesus, agreeing that He is right, turning from what is wrong, and asking for His mercy and forgiveness.

Jesus is speaking today. It does not matter what background you have come from, inclusion into God’s family is only through Jesus (Acts 4:12). Because He is God the Son, those who reject Him also reject God the Father (John 15:23). People who welcome Jesus are made part of God’s family (John 1:12). The gospel about Jesus that you have accepted is not just for you; it is essential good news for all your friends and colleagues too. Jesus is still alive, still speaking, still in command and will fulfil His promise to restore everything that sin has spoiled. As you trust in Him for salvation, also trust Him to help you to tell other people, so that they may find His salvation too.

Facing the New Year Without Fear

God’s Word brings us comfort, promises that are always yea and amen, along with an insightful command as we face a new year: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

We can live this coming year without fear if we apply these four incredibly wonderful truths to our lives and embed them deep into our hearts.

 

The Contentment of His Provision

Contentment is not getting what you want, but it is wanting what you already have. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us therewith be content.” If you know Jesus Christ, you have contentment. If you’ve got clothes on your back, something to eat, and Jesus Christ in your heart, you’re rich! SUPER RICH.

Do you know why we have fear? Because we think our needs or the needs of our family or loved one is not going to be met. Or we fear that the things we think are meeting our needs are going to be taken away from us. Remember, the deepest need of your heart can only be met in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The Companionship of His Presence

I don’t know what I’m going to face next year. But there’s one thing I know, He will never leave me or forsake me. Are you a child of God? He will never leave you either. Isn’t that wonderful!

What’s another reason we may fear in the coming year? Because we’re afraid we’re going to have to face something we don’t understand, and we’re going to have to face it alone.

When God’s Word promises that God will never forsake you, it literally means that He will never abandon you. He will not give up on you. We need to practice the presence of the Lord this coming year. When the devil comes and knocks at you heart’s door, you can simply say, “Jesus, please go answer the door.”

 

The Confidence of His Promise

We’re going to zero in on a little phrase in our verses in Hebrews, “He hath said.” A promise is no better than the one who makes it. Who says, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee”? It is the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God. This is the confidence of His promise.

In the coming year, when you say, “God, I just don’t have the strength.” The omnipotent God will answer, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” When you say, “God, I’m afraid of what is going to happen.” The omnipresent God says, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” And when you say, “God, I don’t know what to do.” The omniscient God will respond, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” He himself hath said it.

 

The Comfort of His Protection

Hebrews 13:6 promises, “So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Now, put that with verse 5, which says, “He hath said.”

Like I said earlier, I don’t know what you’re going to go through this coming year. But I know you can boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, so I will not fear what man shall do to me.” When you find your contentment, companionship, and confidence in Jesus. Then, you’ll find your comfort and courage in Jesus

Priorities First

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
—Matthew 6:33

Many times we don’t think about what our priorities are, but we still have them. Our priorities are whatever is first in our thoughts and in how we plan our time. Having real peace in our lives requires making God first above all other things that demand our attention.

If you put God first in your finances, first in your time, first in your conversation, first in your thoughts, first in your decisions, your life will be a success. I am living evidence of this truth. Before I learned to put God first, I was living in the worst messes that anybody could have. I had a bad attitude and couldn’t think two positive thoughts in a row. I had a bad attitude and I didn’t care who liked me or not. My childhood left me full of bitterness, resentment, and un-forgiveness.

Our lives will not be blessed if we keep God in a box or if we visit HIM on Sunday-mornings for forty-five minutes, at church service. If Christians were putting Jesus first in everything, then the world would be in a better condition. There are, of course, sincere, God-fearing, dedicated believers in every church and in society, but not nearly as many as there should be.

I’ve trained myself to start each day by giving God the first fruits of my time. I’ve realized that I’m not going to get through the day peacefully if I don’t spend time with God and put Him first. Everyone needs to develop this pattern. Putting God first and you’ll see how your life will be changed.

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