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New Year and Us! 

As we enter into the New Year, we are filled with the hope that this year will be a one of joy and blessings.  We all have dreams but only the Holy God knows which ones will become reality and which will not be realized, instead they will be incomplete and shattered. The question will become: will we keep going?  Or, will we stop in our journey half-way to where we were going.  These are questions that we do not have answers for. 

The past year is completed now.  We cannot go back in time, but we can recall our experience and see how our past year was spent.    

A. Your successes

During the past year, we have achieved something, certainly. What are the successes that you achieved? We have to thank God for all of His blessings. Maybe Lord has granted you success in your examinations; you may have gotten a good job or a promotion in your current job. You may have become engaged or married, or been able to travel overseas, or realized financial progress.  Lord may have blessed you with a son or a daughter, or perhaps your grown child obtained admission into University or become married. Maybe you purchased land or built your own house or received a large sum of money through your prize bond.  Or, perhaps you sold land or a house for a good price. Maybe God saved your life from a life-threatening illness or kept you and your family protected and safe from attacks of terrorism. If you are a servant of God, maybe He blessed your ministry; maybe you brought many to Christ.  Or, arranged and organized many training camps and travelled deeper into the country in order to preach. These are many things; we can thank God for them and bless him.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me bless his holy name.”

  (Psa 103:1 KJV)

 

We must praise and thank Him all the times; we need to spend our life in fear with simplicity, humbleness, holiness and godliness.

This is the bright and positive side of the picture. Now let us see the negative and dark side of the picture.

B.  Your failures

Our successes come slowly into our minds, but we recall our failures instantaneously. What were the failures that you experienced this past year?  How often were you hopeless and helpless and completely discouraged? How many times did you say...? I cannot perform this task. Every person fails in different areas of life that include financial depression, friction in the husband and wife relationship, the heavy burden of children’s education, the disobedience of children, stubbornness, or the passing away of the spouse.  Or maybe, a mega project that did not get completed, theft in an office or shop, a sudden attack of severe illness, becoming upset or experiencing anxiety as you moved into another city or area, lose in business, hardships and opposition in the work place, division, office politics or church issues, opposition, blockage of spiritual work, not having the same mind with your fellow believers or companions. There are hundreds of these types of issues, problems and failures that we have experienced. Should we constantly think about these failures?  Should we allow ourselves to become hopeless and discouraged and then sit without moving forward?  No. 

Instead, consider the lessons we learned as we faced these challenges?  Were we be improved by these tests and trails? Did these hardships become a source of our betterment? 

In fact, difficulties and hardships often open the door for us to move forward. Failure and challenges offer us the opportunity to fly high and to analyze ourselves.

Challenges are our best comrades; with the help of our failure we can learn positive spiritual lessons. But how we profit from them...depends on us.”  

C.  Lessons you learned during the past year. 

If a person does not experience hardship, he has no reason to change; without progress change is not possible.

Let us contemplate how hardships challenge and teach us. 

1.  Hardships teach us to be patient.  So, when we experience failure, we need to try to be patient. Do not give up; do not be discouraged.

 

2.  Try to use another approach to achieve your purpose. When we experience failure, do not use the previous, old method, but change your strategy so that a better, different result can be achieved.

 

3.  Continue your effort in a different way in order to achieve your purpose and plan. 

4.  Never, never give up on your labors and struggles. Do not be lazy in your struggle.

“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.” (Rom 12:11 KJV)

 

 

 

5.  It is essential to consult your good, seasoned friends.

             

“For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counselors there is safety.”  (Pro 24:6 KJV)

 

6.  Failure always forces us and compels us to move toward success.

7.  Failure is our best friend; it keeps us alert.

8.  Failure inspires us to work hard.

9.  Constantly ask God for help, study the word of God and pray.

10.  Spend your time in the company of good friends.

 

D.  Based on your review, consider your promises and purpose for the New Year.

Never be anxious, hopeless and discouraged. If you are reading the article at this moment, it means that you have entered into New Year. This is all because of God’s grace; he has granted you one more opportunity. Do not make or commit the same mistake which you committed in the previous year; how do you want to spend this year?

1.  Now come out of the failure of past year and move on. The things which are left behind leave them there and keep running toward the Mark.

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” (Php 3:13 KJV)

 

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  (Php 3:14 KJV)

 

2.  Do not boast on the past successes nor depend upon them, make new plans, have new purpose

     and keep on working, work hard to achieve them.

3.  Have positive thoughts of others.

4.  In your difficult circumstances, do not focus on the negative, but instead find opportunities to leave them behind and move forward.

5.  Be happy and be a source of happiness for others.

 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say, rejoice!’’ (Phil 4:4 KJV)

6.  Ask the Lord for joy.

7.  Value your time.

 “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.’’  (Eph 5:16 KJV)

8.  Try to achieve the plans that you made in a set time.  

9.  Treat others very patiently.

10.  Keep the eye of your observation open.

11.  Help those who are experiencing hardship and need.  

12.  Overcome your challenges and face with a smile on your face. 

13.  Make a commitment to be a best father, husband, wife, mother, son and daughter.  

14.  Contemplate on positive things.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  (Phil 4:8 KJV)

 

15.  Encourage the heartless and take care of the weak.

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the

feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.’’

(1-Ths 5:14) KJV

 

16.  For everything give thanks to the Lord; thank God in everything.

           “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning    

           you.’’  (1-Ths 5:18 KJV)

 

17.  Have hunger and thirst for the Holy word of God.

18.  Spend time in the presence of God in prayer.

      “Pray without ceasing.”  (1-Ths 5:17 KJV)

19.  Stay in the presence, communion, fellowship and closeness of God.

20.  Give the portion to God in time and full.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”  (Mal 3:10 KJV)

 

21.  Make a commitment to bring one person to Christ this year.

22.  Make a partnership in Evangelistic work, through prayer, preaching and giving.

23.  Meet the needs of Saints.

“Bear on another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” 

(Gal 6:2 KJV)

 

24.  Make a commitment to fully take part in the activities of the Church. 

25.  Keep your thoughts positive for your Church.

Conclusion:

We all have many successes and achievements in the past year, and we thank God for them. Where we have failed let us work hard to come out to move beyond them and change our approach in order to achieve our goals. We have all have learned special lessons from our successes and failures, certainly. We have to constantly keep on moving forward.

Let us make a commitment that in this New Year...

-to take care of those who are suffering 

-to give the Lord His share

-to be actively involved in the happenings of the Church

-to be a source of encouragement for others 

-to spend time in prayer, in the word of God and in fellowship 

-to be a good steward of our time

-to win souls for our Lord Jesus Christ  

May Lord grant us the grace to do so.

Amen.

We wish you a very Happy New Year.