So, here we are again, heading into another New Year.
I’ve heard so many people make the comment that 2017 flew by and they have no idea where it went.
That being true – that it seemed to zip by – maybe we should consider 2018 and how we approach it! We have an opportunity to go into it with a new attitude and new way of living.
I’ve also heard it said that now, more than ever, it is a very dangerous time to live in without God, without His Protection, without Faith. Since everything in our spiritual walk hinges on Faith, it is vital we know how to walk in that.
I believe 2018 is going to be the most powerful and wonderful year Christians have ever had the opportunity to walk in. I say “opportunity” because we all know Christians who have hit bottom and it seems as if everything is going wrong in their life.
For brevity’s sake, I am going to reiterate things I’ve said before – your mouth, your Bible and your ears. Kind of like this, only the God version:
Watch what you put into your eyes. Make sure you have MORE faith-based teaching (DVD, CD, books, Bible) than you have world junk. World movies and books can affect your faith. Be in an overflow of faith-based God-stuff.
Watch what you put in your ears. No allowing gossip to flow into your ears. No listening to bad reports (you may hear them but immediately replace them with what God says about it). No words of doubt and unbelief. Those words will suck the faith right out of you.
Watch what you speak. This is VERY important because what you speak all the time is exactly where you are living right now. If you don’t like where you are in life, change what you’ve been saying. Do NOT say something if you don’t want it. ONLY speak what God says about you, circumstances & situations.
FORGIVE because without that, Faith won’t work and you’re going to be stuck dealing with that person or issue forever – F-O-R-E-V-E-R – until you truly forgive. Everything actually hinges on that, too, because if you don’t forgive, you block God’s ability to help you.
And p.s., I don’t care what it is, what happened to you, what someone did to you, who it is – God says forgive everything and everyone. NO exceptions.
So let’s say your life stinks. Things have been going wrong for a long time. Good News! Everything in this life that is not from God is temporary – subject to change (2 Cor. 4:18). Everything not good and not praise-worthy. Everything not in heaven (such as sickness, disease, poverty, lack….).
How do you change it? By what you see, hear and speak. God’s Word is supreme and far more powerful than anything the world and Satan can throw at you. Start talking what He says and watch your life turn around.
Go into 2018 with a clean slate – a clean heart of forgiveness and a commitment to hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil – oh, and God says evil is anything contrary to His Word!