Today is the last day of 2013. It has been over a month since I last wrote. I got to get better about that. I also got to get a little healthier in how I take care of this body. It might be good if I didn’t snap at my kiddos so much. I know I should do more to show my wife love as a husband. I shouldn’t be so into “my teams” that I get angry over losses…
Do these sound familiar? Of course they do… Many times on the cusp of a new year, we begin thinking upon the regrets of the past 365 days (366 on leap years). While it is not a bad thing to be resolved to make some better choices in the minutes, moments, and months ahead, I challenge you to live in the light of grace. If you are a person that has placed his or her trust in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior, as God and King… if you have given Him your faith and asked Him to freely forgive you of sin based on His work upon the cross and resurrection… then the Bible promises that you are saved!
I don’t know about you, but for me that is a Hallelujah moment. I am freed by the Grace of God. The life I live each day is modeled in the words of the Apostle Paul… “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.” -1 Corinthians 15:10 & again in Galatians 2:20 where he states “I have been crucified with Christ; and 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 up for me.”
By the Grace of God… Live!
By the Truth of God… Grow In Grace! Jesus said this… “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32). You see by Jesus coming to us, by Him revealing Who He Is and What He Promises & Calls us to do… we have received His Grace, His Gospel, & His Glory.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it…
There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth…
For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:1-5, 7-14, 16-17)
As we close out 2013 and prayerfully await the days that God gives ahead… Live not in shame…but in hope. Live in Grace & Truth! Live wholly holy in Christ Jesus…
By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.
Extra New Year’s Quotes From Christian Voices of the Past…
“Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.”
“I do not advise that we end the year on a somber note. The march, not the dirge, has ever been the music of Christianity. If we are good students in the school of life, there is much that the years have to teach us. But the Christian is more than a student, more than a philosopher. He is a believer, and the object of his faith makes the difference, the mighty difference. Of all persons the Christian should be best prepared for whatever the New Year brings. He has dealt with life at its source. In Christ he has disposed of a thousand enemies that other men must face alone and unprepared. He can face his tomorrow cheerful and unafraid because yesterday he turned his feet into the ways of peace and today he lives in God. The man who has made God his dwelling place will always have a safe habitation.”
“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterwards. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.”
G. K. Chesterton
“I pray that the Lord might crown this year with His goodness and in the coming one give you a hallowed dare-devil spirit in lifting the biting sword of Truth, consuming you with a passion that is called by the cultured citizen of Christendom ‘fanaticism’, but known to God as that saint-ly madness that led His Son through bloody sweat and hot tears to agony on a rude Cross—and Glory!”