By Jesus' Right Hand, Jan 2 2019 02:02AM
As I look out my office window there is snow on the ground and it is very cold. Yet I’m very warm in a peaceful and quiet house. I feel that this is an analogy to allow me to see this 2019 New Year that starts today and what may be ahead. I am feeling by the encouragement in His Word that some of our long awaited prayers will be manifested in this year. I see comfort and peace for His children as we face a stormy and evil world. We see hidden things being revealed. We see some that are weary of the battle giving up. We see others walking away because of the evil that seems to want to penetrate God’s people. The greatest hope is in His Word if we will read AND BELIEVE IT. We need to make sure we have asked Jesus into our hearts to help us to understand the spiritual side of everything that comes our way. This is called discernment. Only through Jesus in our hearts can reveal the truth in all things. Proverbs 3:5-7 tells us we need to love no matter the cost. Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. We need to look at the promises in His Word that tells us He has already given us everything we need for life and godliness. In 2 Peter 3:3-4 God warns us of places to stay away from and places we need to draw near to. We need to be around those who build us up and encourage us through His Word. No matter what evil we hear or see there is always encouragement in HIS WORD. He has promised safety in bad times. (Psalm 37:19 and all of Psalm 91). If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) He said He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13: 5-8). These are encouraging words from the Lord that were made possible because of the price Jesus paid on the cross for us. Do a search on encouragement from the Lord in bad times. Yes, 2019 will be seen as very evil things taking place. There is a place of safety through Jesus Christ our Lord. Call on the Holy Spirit (one part of the Trinity) when you pray and ask for the peace and comfort. The Holy Spirit was sent to bring us comfort if we will just ask. He desires for us to go to the place of shelter when evil or unkind things come our way. Remember He has given everything we need to overcome the worldly things that are not so good. These are powerful words from Him. This is how to face the good and sometimes not so good things that present themselves to us. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33) God has told you these things that you will have peace. In this world you will have trouble but fear not for He has already overcome the world. Do you believe it? It only works if you believe His precious and powerful Word, otherwise they are just pages in a book that have no power. I am feeling this is a year for faith to grow in us like we have never known. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the substance of what we hope for and the evidence of things not seen. Do not let anyone steal your purpose or destiny on this earth! Remember it’s not over until it is over. The very fact that we awake to see a new day means God is not through with us yet. Praise His Holy Name! Have a great year that is ahead of you. We are what we choose to spend our time thinking about; either His ways and delivering Word or the evil we see in this world. May God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and give you peace. Be a light for Jesus and watch what God will do for His Kingdom workers through Him. We are here to win souls for Jesus. Start praising Him in all things and watch what will begin to happen for His glory!