016 Welcome to 2019!

Welcome to 2019!

Sandy and Elisabeth are back for 2019. The first episode of the year is a discussion of how the modern tradition of New Year’s Resolutions stacks up against Scripture.

DO NOT DESPISE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

ZECHARIAH [4:10] The people should not think that small beginnings are unimportant.

Zerubbabel was instructed by God to rebuild Solomon’s temple but the project sat uncompleted for 17 YEARS. That is a long time to complete a “mission from God”. But an angel came to him to give assurance and let him know that he should not discouraged because of this unimpressive start because the temple he builds will be even greater than Solomon’s.

LET GO OF THE PAST

PHILLIPIANS 3: Brothers and sisters, I know that I have not yet reached that goal but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining towards what is ahead.

Paul says that he counts the past as lost. Because we don’t need to dwell on our failures anymore than we need to rest on our successes. Our mission is not complete until we are in our final home with Jesus. So do not let the accomplishments of today keep you from achieving even greater things tomorrow. And do not let the failures of today keep you from trying to succeed tomorrow.

DO GOOD

EPHESIANS [2:10] For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

We were created to do good. Not so that we could be prideful of our accomplishments or so that we could somehow save ourselves from condemnation but so that we could bring glory to our Father and so that others may see and know that He is God.

CONCLUSION

God’s grace, the forgiveness offered through Christ, is not a result of your works – your failures OR your successes.

You WERE created to do good and God prepared this beforehand.

We want to encourage you to acknowledge the progress you’ve made, the progress you make this year and praise God for and in every small step.

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