A New Year
As we are beginning a new year, we might be taking some time of reflecting on this past years accomplishments or even on some failures or disappointments,
but how about our spiritual walk with the LORD?
Are we making some new years resalutions that we may or may not keep more than a month, or week or a few days, the most important thing we can do this new year is to begin or renew our spiritual walk with the LORD!
to start anew or renew, we need GOD to do a work in us
Psa 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
[renew]=to rebuild or to repair
For our spiritual life to be strengthened, there needs to be a seperation from worldly things
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
[conformed]=to do according to
[transformed]=is to change
When we receive a changed heart or a renewed spirit it is not of our own doing, but what GOD has done in and for us
Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
When GOD has renewed our spirit we become a new person
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
As we have now become a new creature in Christ we can grow spiritually, one way to do this is to study the WORD OF GOD, the Bible
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
And along with the studying of the WORD of GOD, we need to hear the preaching and also the teaching of the WORD of GOD
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Act 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
To get the preaching and teaching of the WORD of GOD to grow spiritually, we need to gather in the house of the Lord on Sunday mornings and wednesday evenings as scripture tells us
Heb 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
As we enter into this new year, praying that you have a closer relationship with the LORD than it’s ever been, looking forward to seeing you in church, GOD BLESS!