Jan 02 2015

Verse for the Day: Lamentations 3:22-24 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. (The Message)

Happy New Year everyone! And yes I'm still alive. It's been a while since my last devotion; as a matter of fact, while I have several devotions already written or at least started, I didn't get any devotions out the whole month of December. But I do look forward to getting back into the spirit of writing as time allows. I have to confess, like anything in life, if you don't make time for whatever it is you want to do, more than likely it won't happen. That is unless you make it a priority and my devotion writing has not been one of my main priorities lately. It seems as if life always has a way of distracting, changing, avoiding, or creating havoc in our lives. And, as I think back on this past year - especially over the last few months, I can't help but think about the verses found in Romans 7:15-20 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. I don’t know about you, but for me it seems the world (satan) always knows my weaknesses. And, as hard as I try to keep the world from creeping in on my walk with the Lord, these verses in Romans hit a little too close to home.    

But here's the news… even when I miss the mark, fall short or get off track, God still loves me and He loves you regardless what you have done or failed to do over the past year or throughout your life-GOD Still LOVE's US. Look at today’s verse again from Lamentations 3:22-24 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! 

God's love never runs out, His mercy never dries up, they are new every morning. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Regardless what happened yesterday, last week, last year or whenever makes no difference to God because He makes each day new. So, we have a choice as to whether we will embrace each new day with fresh eyes and a new heart or hang onto the past and allow the worry, sorrows, pain and, yes, even some of the successes and victories to control and guide our future.

For some of you the future might look as bright as ever before but beware not to fall into satan's trap of complacence letting down your guard. Remember what happened to Adam and Eve when they let their guard down. For others the future might look pretty dark and hopeless. You feel as if everyone has abandoned you - like there is nothing left to hold on to. But listen to the Lord’s promise found in Hebrews 13:5 ..... For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”  So stick with God as we see in today’s verse He is always faithful.

As you start this New Year ask yourself these questions: Do I want to start a new way of living? Are you tired of living in the past? What does my future hold and how can I change the direction I'm headed?  As you think about these questions and your plans have not changed from past years, but you’re expecting or hoping for different results, that’s what I would call insanity. Most people would say you have to be committed to your Christian walk in order to truly change your life. And while that might be partly true I heard something the other day that totally changed my perspective about this ideal of commitment.  The thought was that Christians have replaced the word Surrender with the word Commitment in our Christian vocabulary. Think about that for a minute, to surrender means you give up or relinquish control but to commit means you still have some control or responsibility to make something happen.   

As I start this New Year I want to change my perspective on life from commitment to being totally surrendered to the Lord and allow Him to create me new every morning- I pray you will join me as we start 2015 by saying “As for me and my house I’m sticking with God” (I say it over and over). If you need help starting your walk with the Lord or what it means to surrender to the Lord let us help you by calling the church office at (505) 334-6524.