We made a little trip last night to share laughter and fireworks with some of our family. It was dark in their back yard when we began lighting the rockets and watching them burst into the sky above us. Other people in the area were shooting their fireworks and we could hear the far away booms as well as our own. One of the kids had picked out a little doggie that was supposed to fly across a board when lit. It didn’t quite turn out the way it was advertised. Not every piece of rocketry boomed as loud as others. Still it was a great show with the finale proving to be all out exciting!
I found out that my mother’s teaching was still with me. Every time a grandchild was lighting a firecracker or holding a roman candle I was saying “Be careful!” I enjoyed the show but remembered my mother always saying it’s dangerous, don’t touch them, stay far away.
This is a new year. With all the promise of the biggest booms of faith for your life! It’s an entry into the unknown as well. We know what we’ve been promised in the new –but can it deliver for us? Aren’t we fearful? Should we really hold onto it? Can we enjoy it?
Oh beloved, God speaks this morning. He says go ahead! Hold onto His hand in faith and run headlong into the future! This is not just about the year on earth, but about your future in His hands, with His blessing and living in His promises! Even if you didn’t do so well “last year”, this one is new and God has new mercies, fresh anointing and high plans for you. Don’t shrink back. It’s not that you are getting too old or you have seen better days! These are the better days! These are the Days of Elijah! You are chosen to prepare the way of the Lord – to share Him liberally and lavishly with everyone! You can go right on into the future because your future is secure! You’ve been given the favor of God over life – and you can now that even though the clock is now ticking and you’re going to be a year older, life is good in Christ! God wants to use you this year like no other year before! Regardless of the rejections, the objections or the imperfections – God says to you – You are mine! I chose you before the world even existed and I won’t un-choose you now! What powerful words to hold onto in this new year! God’s Words give you His power to face a future He knows!
God loves you and He’s for you! Enjoy the fireworks, breathe in the Holy Spirit and live fully alive this new year. And walk, no run, in the wisdom, power and love offered you by Christ as you welcome this new year in Spirit and Truth!
Lamentations 3:22-23 The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
Romans 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. NIV
Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. NIV