Here’s Your Source of Strength for 2023

DATE POSTED Saturday, 2022-12-31

SCRIPTURE FROM: Psalm 121:1-4

BIBLE TEXT: I look up at the vast size of the mountains – from where will my help come in times of trouble?
The Eternal Creator of heaven and earth and these mountains will send the help I need. He holds you firmly in place;
He will not let you fall. He who keeps you will never take His eyes off you and never drift off to sleep. What a relief! … 

APPLICATION: When sickness comes our way, we look for a doctor’s office, or even a hospital. When financial difficulties become evident, we tend to look for a banker. When businesses look at opening a new store in an area, they gather tons of analytical data, history of businesses in that area, the growth state of the population in that area, and they make assumptions about the future, based on past data. Is that what we should do as a new year dawns? Isn’t there a good chance that, based on past experience, the new year will come with its own set of challenges that are totally unknown to humans? So how does one prepare for that? Some might tell you that the mountains are huge, so why not go to the mountains and ask for a word. But David encouraged us to not stop there, for you could have a one-on-one conversation with the God who created the mountain, then you could ask Him! Some might advise that you go and see the Pastor of that huge church just down the road, get his advice, or have him pray for you, so that your eyes might be opened to the events ahead that you should prepare for. But since that Pastor goes to sleep on a regular basis, David encouraged us to seek out the God who created that Pastor, and who never goes to sleep. In fact, as you interact with God and enjoy relationship with Him, you will find that He always watches out for you, no matter what circumstances come your way. So, what is there to worry about? Yes, God may allow you to enter into a new year in a few hours, but isn’t there a lot to sit and worry over? Dear friends, I believe that God placed this Scripture right in our face for a very specific purpose today. After all, why worry about something, when we’ve been promised by the supreme God, the One who created heaven and earth, the mountains and even our own bodies, that He would take extra care in: keeping watch over us, directing our path, loving us unconditionally, and preparing a place in Heaven just for us? That’s a sure thing Brothers and Sisters! That’s something that we could ‘go to the bank with’! Remember, if you know Jesus as your personal Savior, and you worry, then you are basically saying to Him that you don’t trust Him at His word. Let me encourage you to enter into daily communion with Jesus Christ. Talk to Him in prayer – in your own personal words, as He wants to hear what’s on your heart. Listen for His instructions as you read His word each day. To have a relationship, it takes 2-way communication, and Jesus is quite capable of speaking for Himself as You attune yourself to His instructions in His Word. You’ve seen the bumper stickers ‘Jesus is my co-pilot’. Let me encourage you to enter 2023 with Jesus as your ‘pilot’. Only go where He directs and when He says so. Only speak what He leads you to say. Be obedient to His written instructions found in your very own Bible. Spend personal devotional time with the Lord every day – reading His Word and conversing with Him in prayer. Spouses learn so much about each other that they could finish each other’s sentences. Imagine it you could have that kind of relationship with Jesus in 2023!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: God created such vast and mighty things, but in the lives of simple humans, God is seeking relationship! With God as our ‘Pilot’ in 2023, we are in good hands!

PRAYER: Lord, I believe that we are on Your mind every day, just as we were when You hung on the cross at Calvary sacrificing Your life for the redemption of our sin. I also believe that You would never give up on us, especially after such a sacrifice. Please draw us to the cross each day, where we may be reminded of Your unconditional love, and Your supreme power. Having no idea what 2023 holds for us, yet we are confident that we can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens us. Knowing that You will never leave us or forsake us, please give us strength and stamina to remain faithful as You hold our hand and guide us through the upcoming year. May each day be filled with obvious signs of Your presence, Your love, and Your overwhelming power over all things. Please continue to work miraculously in the hearts of those who are undecided about their eternal destiny, for we know that no decision on their part, leaves them with a destiny of Hell. You proved Your love for us, so that we could avoid Hell, if we accept You as Lord and Savior. Please Lord, send a revival in 2023 that will reopen the eyes of the church – Your children, and also continue to speak intently to the stubborn hearts of the unsaved, that their eyes would finally be opened to the hope that lies in knowing You personally. AMEN!

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