Awakened this morning to the sound of abundance of rain and wind! Since I have so many huge trees in my yard, I do not enjoy wind… although, wind is what moves the weather currents on to the next stopping place. However, we do need the rain.
We arrived home safe and sleepy from our Watch Night service around 1:55 am. Pastor preached “Redeeming the Time”.
Didn’t see even one DUI driver on the way home, and for that I am thankful. That is my only fear of driving home after a Watch Night Service.
Every year on New Year’s Eve, I ponder over the coming year and what I think it may hold for me, my family, my church family, my friends and foes . But I always have found it to be true… I cannot out-guess GOD!
I Corinthians 2:11 – “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.”
God is in control! He has let me mull over my misgivings of the past year and listened to my desires for the next… but the truth is…it’s up to me! He will be there in all the joyous times, and through all the storms, disappointments, and hardships encouraging me, reminding me of my desires, but the ultimate result is truly mine to decide.
Galatians 5:24 – “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” ( vs. 25 “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”)
I am the one who must choose to FOLLOW HIM (we do the WALKING)! I am the one who must make the CHOICES that will benefit my spiritual journey! HE will NOT force me to love Him, praise Him, worship Him, or even to communicate with Him. I am the overseer of my carnal/fleshly self and it is up to me to take responsibility for my decisions. ME…HE has given ME that CHOICE. So, HE knows if I really want to, I can make it! “You gotta have the WANT TO” (as Elder Oggs used to say)!
I may not be in control of all circumstances in my life, but now that I have His Spirit (the Comforter/Helper/Counselor) I can: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)
“You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.” ~Galatians 5:7-8 (emphasis mine)
I am not an advocate of New Year Resolutions, but I do think of the beginning of each year as a day to begin a “SECOND CHANCE”. It is only when we quit trying that we are defeated and satan has won. We are in a battle for our very souls. How easy it is to forget that we have a lion roaring around in our world attempting to devour us! He is so subtle and will often use the very ones we love and trust to confuse and discourage us. He is sneaky, divisive, smooth of speech, an avid artful liar, and enjoys the thrill of seeing Heirs of God fall. How easy it is to be lulled into a complacent stupor and overlook the “fallen one” dancing on our victory.
What will this year hold for me, for you, for us as the Body of Believers – the Bride of Christ? We have seen many of our foundational Fathers and Mothers leave this world this past year…will the next generation step up and take the challenge, wrap the mantel across our shoulders and carry the burden?
The NIV translations says in I Corinthians 9:26 – “Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.”
I run with purposeful intent… knowing the prize that awaits me.
This journey is truly a “walk for life”… our very souls depend on how and where we WALK.
If our walk has been a little unsteady or the path has been a little rocky and hard to climb… let’s stop, get our bearings, and begin again… let’s take the SECOND CHANCE!