A new beginning with Jesus

Published 2:37 pm Friday, January 15, 2010

God has been good to us.

He has allowed us to see another new year, one that we have never seen before.

So many started out in 2009 and did not make it to 2010. We all should be thankful that through the grace and mercy of God, we are still here.

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The new year gives us all a fresh start to do better than we did the year before. New year’s resolutions are made to lose weight, get out of debt, make amends and do better in life. In all of our resolutions, we must not leave the Lord out. We should want to have a closer relationship with the Lord.

As we begin this new year, there needs to be more unity among everyone. Where there is unity, there is strength, and where there is strength, there is growth.

Psalms 133 (KJV) informs us, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon descending upon the mountains of Zion, for there the Lord commanded the blessing, life for ever more.”

We need that kind of unity for the year of 2010. As we prepare to get closer to God, we must be a positive example for our children as fathers, men of God, and head of the household. We have got to be there for our families and tell our young boys and girls that Jesus loves them and that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. For this reason, we must follow Him.

The year of 2009 was a busy year. There is room for improvement in 2010. In this new year, recommit your life to Christ. Jan. 1 marked the first day of the rest of your life. The loving kindness of God leads us to repentance. Repentance means change. We all need to get closer to the Lord. Every nation, and all kindred need to worship God and start a new beginning in 2010.

God made mankind of every nation and every tongue, and we were made in His image. All of the different cultures in the world are to reverence the true and living God Jehovah. No other name can heal our heart and set our souls free.

Only Jesus can set us free from all our sins and burdens. Wherever God calls us to serve, we must be obedient to His call. God wants to take our lives and use them for His glory and not for ours.

Everyone has a certain calling from the Lord. At this time, my calling is to reach out to the broken-hearted, the lost, and sinner who need to be led to Christ by the Gospel by way of evangelizing.

When the Lord speaks, we have to move without delay. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach my gospel.

In 2010, everyone needs to hear God’s plan of salvation. When we meet Jesus, we will never be the same again. That should always be a special day for all Christians to remember. We should all have a testimony, acknowledging the goodness of the Lord in all that he has done for us.

I remember when I was 23 years old. I was a law enforcement officer, shot in the stomach, and almost at the point of death. The doctor said I would be paralyzed or possibly even die. That was in 1973, and this is now the year of 2010, and I am still here, praise God!

Do you have an intimate relationship with God?

Have you made Jesus your Savior?

Going to church is only part of it. We must have a personal relationship with the Lord.

In the 63rd book of Psalms, we can see that David was not perfect. The only perfect one was Jesus. We must continue to strive for perfection. Everyone has an opportunity to have a direct relationship with the Lord. He is the creator of the world and the God of every good and perfect gift. He is the judge of all mankind. He is sustaining us in our daily walk with Him.

It is God’s desire for us to start a new beginning with Him.

“Lord, please help us to start this new year with You as our Lord and Savior, and we will follow where You lead us. In Jesus’ name, Amen!”