My fellow readers, this year seems to have flown by. It seems like yesterday I welcomed you to another year. Throughout the year, God kept us strong even in adversity. Sadly, many fell away, but they will hopefully return. That said, many events happened this year. However, we are not focusing on today’s events but on God’s mercy and goodness. As we see the end of the year approaching, know God is in control, and he is listening and watching all on the earth.
This year saw many changes; for example, some lost dear family members, including pets. Others relocated, traveled extensively, obtained new or different employment, or suffered illnesses. In contrast, others added new additions to the family, married, graduated from high school or college, or began a new career. Finally, some changed churches or stopped attending church, while others found new churches. At any rate, God blessed us to see the end of the year.
Traditionally, many make New Year's resolutions as the old year departs and the new year emerges. For example, we want to take a class, improve credit scores, purchase a home or automobile, visit loved ones, adopt children or pets, add a new child, build a retirement portfolio or retire. Our list continues and evolves until it is more than we can handle. Now we have multiple lists, some with duplicate items. Finally, we also reflect on our actions, the actions of others, and most importantly, our relationship with God.
Millions are financially strapped as our economy becomes more unstable daily (God knew this). Therefore, it is not the new car or home (important, yes), better pay, or any other earthly item we want to acquire; it is a relationship with God that outweighs any material possessions we may acquire. Therefore, all the items mentioned above are temporary; however, Heaven is everlasting. The most important and lasting item is the relationship between God and us. As the world continues to redefine what is essential, its voices include social media, literature, entertainment, gender identity, and other ungodly world views. The world’s view of what it sees as essential and God’s view of importance are miles apart. Therefore, I’d like to include some verses near my heart. There are many more. However, these are indeed the ones that lift my spirits. I hope they lift your spirits as well.
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Mark 12:30
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. Jeremiah 17:7
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Micah 7:7
He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19
For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; Romans 1:9
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Romans 1:20
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Hebrews 11:3
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
I hope this blog is a blessing to all who search for Christ or may have never read the Bible. God’s love is unmatched and will always continue. He is the ruler of all and offers salvation- (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), no questions asked when we believe with our hearts. It is only too late to accept his offer of salvation when we dies. God gives grace and mercy each day; therefore, each day is another chance to accept his gift. I'd love to hear from you. Please email me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or mailto:email@example.com I hope you have a great week. Please remember to visit YouTube for the shortened companion video to this blog. Thanks for visiting with me this week.