2018 – a new start, a new beginning, new direction…..these are often the goals that people set about each time a new year comes round. People look to start things they had failed at, or never really gave a go to, to try and do the things tey have struggled to achieve. Sadly so many promises, so many well-meaning intentions never come to fruition.
But did you know that God promises so much the more than wishing us well on good intentions. The Bible tells us that God gives us much more than simply well meaning goals, God gives us a new heart and a new life. Jesus said to a religious man who came to see Him privately one evening that to enter the kingdom of heaven one needed to be ‘born again’.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
But the amazing difference between what Jesus said and what people hope to do is worlds apart.
For God gives us the power to do those things which before we knew Christ were impossible for us to achieve.
The Apostle Paul before he knew Jesus as His Lord and Saviour was a man trying to achieve in his own strength and power, but sadly he was completely out of touch with the life and goals that God had planned for him.
Has that been you in this past year 2017?
But after Paul met the Lord that momentous day on the road to Damascus, Paul’s life changed dramatically – now what he set out to do, God would give him the strength, power and grace to do completely.
1Co 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God,
This New Year 2018, I pray that you will turn to Jesus Christ, allow Him to give you new life and hope, to be born again.
Then, all that God has planned for you to do will be revealed and God will give you all that you need to fulfil His plan for your life!
New hope, new life, new goals, all achievable when we become that brand new person in Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
This year God can help you be the loving husband, the loving wife, the godly parent, the person who no matter the trial or storm that you face your trust in Jesus Christ makes you shine like a lighthouse in a winter gale.
This year can be the most amazing year for you as you walk with the Lord like you never have before – with His help all the way!