May the Lord wash and cleanse you from every failure, every doubt and every judgment from others so that you may enter the New Year with expectancy for the extraordinary of Jahweh all through the coming year.
“26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Eph.5:26-27
I have heard a lot of talk about going on a diet for the New Year. What I believe the Lord has been wanting to get across to me is not so much the concept of “diet” but rather the concept of “lifestyle.” We don’t need to change meals so much as we need to change our lifestyle. The meals don’t determine the lifestyle, the lifestyle determines the meals and all the other things that accompany healthy living (including exercise). In order to be effective in our Kingdom purpose, we must live a lifestyle that serves that purpose.
“They will eat the fruit of their lifestyle. . .” (Prov.1:31, GW)
As the people of God assemble on this Sunday, may they realize the value of ending the old year well that they may begin the new one well. May they turn from the uncompleted tasks and the failures of the past year that is behind them; turn from those things that seem to be accusing them and threatening them of repetition in the future. May they, in concerted determination, turn and face and bless and praise Jahweh who is the wise Securer of the future of His people, and move forward with faith in Him alone.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer.29:11, NKJV)
When Isaiah said, “For unto us a son is born” he was speaking in the prophetic perfect tense. Typically, the perfect tense in a language is completed past action but Isaiah speaks in the tense that is completed future action. As far as the prophet was concerned, it was already done. The whole matter of the virgin birth of the Son of God began to come together piece by piece, day by day and person by person. God worked through people, circumstances and time to bring about the birth of our LORD “in the fullness of time.” (Gal.4:4) Now THAT is the day Jesus was born.
There are events that shall come to pass in 2014 that Almighty God has already spoken and, through His workings, they are being formed even now. Let’s align ourselves and volunteer to be participants in those “shall be’s.”
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,” (Gal.4:4, NKJV)
We are all likely to be making plans and setting goals for 2014 and beyond. Our basic plan (that promises to be good throughout the whole year) might should be to take good counsel and accept correction— that’s the way to live wisely and well. We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails.
“Take good counsel and accept correction— that’s the way to live wisely and well. 21 We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails.” (Prov.19:20-21, Msg)
Jesus was born on a REAL DAY in REAL HISTORY (“For there is BORN TO YOU THIS DAY” ) and is relevant to man’s needs and man’s cries today in the real world. He was born as The Answer and no one else and nothing else will meet the need within us nor will anything else fulfill us. He was “born to” us to be our “all in all” (Eph 1:23) and the world around us will benefit.
“Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 FOR THERE IS BORN TO YOU THIS DAY in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Lk.2:10-11, NKJV)
When speaking of the birth of Jesus, it is interesting to note the particular terms Prophet Isaiah uses in Chapter 9. Jesus is referred to by two different terms. (1) “For a CHILD will be born to us” speaks of our LORD coming to live among men as Emmanuel-God with us. (2) But it is important for us to realize the impact of the second term used: “a SON will be given to us.” This is reference to the fact that God, the Father, is giving His greatest gift to mankind, HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON as the One who would grow “in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Lk.2:52) and become our Redeemer. WE have been given, through the Christmas Advent, the Gift of Life which is not a thing, but God’s SON. It may be that Christmas is more truly Thanksgiving Day than the holiday in November. Blessed be the Name of the LORD!
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;” (Isa.9:6, NKJV)
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