Hello everyone! How are you? Happy New Year! I am so grateful to be in the land of the living and I hope you are too. Isn’t Jesus wonderful! I am grateful that in times of uncertainty, He is still faithful.
Last year was difficult, right? Full of uncertainty, pain, sorrow, and death, but in spite of it all, God still sits on the throne. Since the beginning of the pandemic and for the better half of last year, the one narrative I continued to hear from several people was they couldn’t wait for 2020 to be over. I totally understand the reasoning for this, however, it reminded me of where our focus should be as Christians and that’s on Christ and his mission.
It is so easy to forget what our focus is when we don’t keep God first – And I know this from my personal walk with God. I’ve had moments when I strayed in my thoughts and plans. I became focused on the things I desired for my life; which weren’t bad, but my desire began to lead me in a direction that put God second. I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit that showed me the direction I was going and to be honest, it scared me. It was a reminder that none of us are too far from falling.
Of course it’s okay to have desires, but they must line up to God’s will and plan for our lives.
Ephesians 5:15-17 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” ESV
While many of us desire for the year to be over, what makes you think next year will be better? You have to admit, we are living in a different time – different from any other time in history and as Christians we should be in tune with what the Spirit is telling us according to the Word of God.
Colossians 3:2 tells us to “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” ESV Remember this world is our temporary home. There is a bigger picture.
Have you considered that our country may be dealt another blow that we didn’t see coming? The bible tells us in II Timothy 3:15 “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.” ESV
I am not trying to be dark, but it’s the truth… we don’t know what 2021 will bring. But what I do know is as long as we walk in holiness, follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, and keep our focus on things above, all things work out for our good according to Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” NLT
I encourage you to make your Vision God focused and not 2021 focused.
Father in the name of Jesus, please forgive us for times we lose focus….we repent to you. Help us to remember, no matter what life throws our way, you are faithful. Give us the strength and wisdom to follow you always, because you have great plans for our lives. We know there is no greater place to be than in your perfect will, because there is safety there. We love you and thank you. In Jesus name…Amen.
Happy New Year Everyone!
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