It’s easy to get carried away with busy schedules and slip away from going to church. After all, there are only two days in the weekend. But don’t let yourself forget the importance of church. Where will you go and who will you turn to in hard times? If you are already established in the church routine, you will find lots of support.
EXPECT GREATER THINGS
Psalm 65:11; Matthew 9:17; James 3:11-14
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
May you look back at another year gone by, and praise the Lord for His goodness and faithfulness in your life. I thank Him for all He has given you this year – provisions, protection, healing and success. I pray for new breakthroughs from the Lord for the coming year. May new ideas, new things, and new relationships be revealed to you in the days to come. May God continue to mold and prepare you for great things He has in store. I pray for an excitement to rise within you, as God unfolds things you have not yet seen. May an abundance that you cannot contain come to you and your family. I ask that God will make every seed that you have sown throughout the year, grow and bear fruit.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Psalm 1 is the gateway to all the Psalms. In six verses, it gives us all we need to move into the new year.
The first word is Blessed. God wants to bless you in the coming year.
In verse 1, you are blessed by your separation—the things you don’t do and people you avoid (“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel in the ungodly”).
In verse 2, you’re blessed by your meditation (“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates…”).
In verse 3, you’re blessed by your maturation as God develops you (“like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit”).
And in verses 4-6, you are blessed in your destination (“The Lord knows the way of the righteous”).
The coming year will be full of blessings for those who turn away from harmful habits, rededicate themselves to studying and meditating on God’s Word, envision themselves as trees by channels of water, and look forward to God’s leading every step of the way.
By God’s grace, that’s you! So have a blessed New Year!
Blessed, O Lord, the opening year, / to each soul assembled here: / Clothe Thy Word with power divine, / Make us willing to be Thine.
~ John Newton
LOVE BRINGS UNITY
One of the most impressive things about the Bible is the way it is linked together, with consistent themes running throughout, from beginning to end. Though written over a span of 1,600 years and composed by more than forty writers of various backgrounds and skill levels, God sovereignly authored it with one united voice. And He continues to speak through it today without ever going off-message. Unity. Togetherness. Oneness. These are the unshakable hallmarks of our God.
The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
~ Rom 13:12
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrow lust of gold:
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
~ Alfred Tennyson
Let every dawn of morning be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.
~ John Ruskin
My Father, as I look to the past days, I feel much of my happiness and much of my misery has come from my own choice. May I be more watchful of my standards and less wasteful of my time, and keep a poise in life that will leave a memory of well-spent days. For the year that has passed and for its blessings I thank thee. Amen.
I HAVE CALLED YOU to a life of Peace and thankfulness. Bring Me all your requests with thanksgiving. Because you are Mine—intimately united with Me—I personally guard your heart and mind with My supernatural Peace, which surpasses all understanding.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
~ COLOSSIANS 3:15
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
~ PHILIPPIANS 4:6–7 [NKJV]
Also read: PSALM 18:30 NKJV
Before You Turn Out the Light 💡
Cultivate a thankful heart. It enables you to receive My Peace.