Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him. 1 John 4.16
There are not many things today in which one can trust. What is promoted as true today, is completely negated tomorrow. There are many reasons why this is so, but one is self-interest. However, there is one thing in which I can trust completely. God is love. I know that this is truth. No one else of my acquaintance would send their only son to die for me when I was still rebelling against them with my fist raised in defiance. God’s love is shown in his initiative. He took the first step toward a resolution. A resolution that I would never be able to put forward on my own. There is a permanence to God’s love, but with a condition. I must continue in his love, reside in it, abide in it. For if I abide in his love, God will abide in me. The result of this is the absence of fear. I have no need to fear on the day of judgment. Love of God has replaced my fear of punishment because he lives and loves in me. Are you fearful? Let God’s love into your life by obeying his truth.
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New action for today?
Today is the first day back in the office for the new year 2011. It is the first day I will put into action a resolution for the new year (actually begun near the end of the old but a resolution for the new). I have a pocket directory of all our congregation. Each day I intend to select five families and pray especially for them. In addition I will send a note to each telling them of what I did. This will send them a spiritual message that hopefully will both encourage them and might inspire them to do the same. It also will build a greater closeness in our relationship and create a greater foundation for service.
My New Years resolution is to find better time/more time to pray. I have tried to use the morning time to pray after my breakfast or in the evening before bedtime. This seems to be the only time I have that is quiet. But, there are times that other things move into this time, therefore robbing me. Therefore I am resolved to solving this problem.
Here are some Bible-based resolutions from Bro. Nicholas Stacks’ blog that are very practical for the New Year:
Sharpening The Iron: http://sharpeningtheiron.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-new-years-resolutions.html
Note the highlighted letters that spell two thousand ten. That’s using the old noggin!
I’ve listed a few resolutions on my blog http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/12/17/suggested-new-years-resolutions-for-2010/. However, if I were to reduce all of those down to one resolution, it would be this one:
To be more like Christ, as the apostle Paul so profoundly stated in Galations 2:20:
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
If I am willing to pattern my life after Christ, I will be spiritually successful this coming New Year.