Happy New Year Everyone!
I hope and pray that the new year brings many blessings and happiness to each and every one of you. I am sorry I haven’t posted yet this year, I have been getting into the groove of things and just taking some time spending it with my daughter and my LORD.
As with a new year comes the resolutions that we all make. Most of the examples include: losing weight and getting fit, becoming financially responsible, being better organized, spending more time with loved ones, reading more, becoming more aware of your surroundings, becoming more responsible….so on and so on. I must admit, I have fallen into these categories so many times, but this year,I wanted something different! I wanted something more than who I wanted to become better than I have ever been. I wanted a new direction….a new life…..a closer walk with my God!
After determining that I wanted this, I didn’t know how to go about it. I prayed and talked to the Lord about it, but it wasn’t until I heard a wonderful message, preached by the most wonderful Man Of God, that showed me how I could gain this New Direction.( that wonderful Man Of God just happens to be my dad!)
This year is going to bring about change. We may elect a new president, the economy will either change for the better or worse, we will lose loved ones, and welcome new lives into the world. Either way, this year we all will go through change. How about we think about this….. As long as we are making all of these resolutions that we hardly ever keep, how about we make one that is for the best and keep it! How about we gain a new direction in our lives and walk a little closer to God this year! How about we turn over our lives to the one that created us, and let Him run the show! How about letting Him give us a New Direction! How do we do this? I will share with you, what my dad preached about on New Direction!
1. Prayer- Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.For every one that asketh recieveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.-Matthew 7:7
Hmmm ask! That shouldn’t be hard to do. We have not because we ask not. If we get right with our prayers, get down on our knees and start getting ahold of God with our prayers. He Will move! It may not be in the time that we would like or in the answer that we would like it to be, but God will move! Prayer changes things. It will get ahold of God quicker than anything else will. Through prayer, we can open up and just have ” A little talk with Jesus” and tell him all about our troubles. He longs to hear from us and to have those talks with Him. Tell Him everything that you wish. He won’t run away or hide. He won’t gossip or talk about you behind your back! He will listen and offer the advice and wisdom that only He can give!
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.-James 5:16
This tells us to confess our sins and thoughts. We can always confess to Jesus! By confessing our thoughts to the Lord, it humbles our hearts, our souls, and ourselves to God. It cleanses us, by asking God’s forgiveness. Also confess to each other. Once we confess, we are to pray. Confession builds a relationship with one another. Confess to one another, so we maybe healed! – the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
If we want our lives to start out different, we need to start our days off with prayer. Let our souls cry out!
2. Listen- to listen means to be quite, to stop talking! Do we ever quit talking and just listen to God? Listen to the ones around us?
And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand.-Matthew 15:10.When we quit praying, listening, paying attention, and receiving, our lives will become a mess.Mark 4 vs 14 -20 talks about parable of the sower and how the seeds were sown onto different types of ground. We can either be stony ground, thorny ground, or good ground. The good ground hears the word, receives it, and brings forth fruit (vs20). I, myself, have chosen to be the seed sown onto good ground. WE all can be this. How? By listening By listening to God’s Word and applying it to our lives! We make the choice on how good we live.
3.Study and Read God’s Word-Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.-2 Timothy 2:15. Hmm just like in school we are to study and listen if we want to pass the class, we need to study, read and listen to God’s Word if we want to pass His class! If we want to get closer to God, then we must show ourselves approved unto God. God doesn’t want us to be ashamed. We need to read and study to fight off the devil. The word is our WEAPON against Satan. When we apply the word of God to our lives, we don’t have to be ashamed. We don’t walk the ways of the world, and people wont be ashamed to be around you. I’m sure we all have murmured and complained some time. Some may on a daily basis. Im so guilty of this. Complaining to God why this and that has happened and why I haven’t gotten this, or why this person has wronged me this way. But His word tell us to not murmur and complain. . When we murmur and complain, it sows discourt and God is displeased with it.
4.Be a DOER of Gods Word-But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.-James 1:22.Be excited of what you do for God! Whatever you do, do to the glory of the Lord.but whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.-James 1:25.God wants to bless you in your deeds. Don’t be a hearer, be a doer. Follow God’s Word, do as He instructs. He will bless when we follow Him. His word is real!The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.-Psalms 37:23.Be full of prayer, follow in Gods steps, be a difference maker, a prayer warrior!
After doing all of these things, we should be closer to God more this year than we have! I know that after hearing this message, I needed to reexamine my own soul salvation. I came up with wanting to know Him more. Why? Because knowing Him, is to want to know Him more. I want a New Direction for my life and my daughter, and following God is the only way we will get that!
I hope all of you have the most blessed year and through it all lets give Christ what He deserves…. US!
Lots of prayers and love,