13 Brothers and sisters, I can’t consider myself a winner yet. This is what I do: I don’t look back, I lengthen my stride, and 14 I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.—Philippians 3:13-14 (God’s Word)
As we come to the end of another year, one that has been full of promises and disappointment, triumph and tragedy…it is time to look forward to a new year. This is a time many are in the mode of reflection, focusing on the year that has past. Others are looking toward the New Year with uncertainty…unsure of what to expect.
Today, as I face the close of 2012, I choose to do neither…I choose to have the determination to follow God and His Word! Looking back will not bring change or improve the things I wished had gone different. Looking forward to the New Year can be problematic as well because of all the things that may be shaky at best. But my hope does not rest in the past or the future; my hope is in the Lord Jesus and His sacrifice for me.
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]—John 16:33 (Amp)
Far too long we have taken our cues from the world and placed our reliance in its people and systems, only to be left dejected and disillusioned. This is not supposed to be the testimony of Believers in the Lord Jesus. However, it should be understood that this will be our lot if we are not firmly grounded in hope and trust in the Lord and the victory He has provided for us! This victory is won but it must be fought for.
Notwithstanding of where we are and what we may be facing right now, Jesus has overcome the world and its ability to harm or conquer us. It is our responsibility to receive what He gave us and to build our lives and our world with it. Do not get me wrong, I know it is easier said than done, and we will take some hits in this world, but we cannot stop or quit…we must move forward with absolute trust and dependence in God!
We must be determined to see the end of our faith. We must be determined to experience the fullness of what God has for us despite all signs to the contrary! If we believe all the so-called experts, all is lost and we don’t have a chance…but that is not what the Word tells us. So let’s take a stand and be determined to believe God. Let us make a decision to be determined to have faith and “stay with God”!
I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness
in the exuberant earth.
Stay with God!
Take heart. Don’t quit.
I’ll say it again:
Stay with God.—Psalm 27:13-14 (Message)
- Secret to Success – A Devotion (lthomason.wordpress.com)
- The Lord Delights in Those Who Put Their Hope in His Unfailing Love (smritidisaac.wordpress.com)
- We find our joy in the presence of the Lord, part two (examiner.com)
- Why so downcast O my Soul? Put your hope in God. David’s Rx for the downcast soul. (prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com)
- Teach Us To Profit, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- Bible verses about having courage in the midst of fear (rainbowheartlove.wordpress.com)