Welcome to the last month of the year. Can you believe it’s December already? Great has been the faithfulness of God over our lives since January, February, March, April… until this point and we give Him all the thanks! Looking back, I see several things in my own life personally that looked impossible or difficult at the beginning of the year and I have seen how God has led me through them in his mercy. I’ve seen His hand and help in all He brought me into and if you will be thoughtful and sincere, you’ll see that it’s been God all the way in your life this year as well!
As we round off this year and look forward to the coming year (2015), I’ve been doing some reflections and decided to pause on our last discussion (we’ll come back to it next year if the Lord permits us). My reflections have led me to these four attitudes I’ve tried to cultivate these past days (and I hope to for the rest of the year) and I decided to share it with you, it may help you also reflect, behave well, end the year properly and prepare for the new year.
1. Give thanks to God for the year.
Psalm 40:5 “Many, O LORD my God, are the wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be set in order unto thee; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered”.
If only you can take stock and count all that God has done for you and been to you this year, you’ll see that this is non-negotiable. They cannot be numbered. ‘He that knows how to think deep, will surely know how to thank the Lord’ goes a local saying. ‘Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom’ says the bible (Psa 90:12). How many can we count?
– His Divine Help (at work and school),
– His Favor (with colleagues and bosses, classmates, lecturers and supervisors),
– His Faithfulness (in bringing His promises to pass),
– His Presence and Word with you (always right on time, leading you on),
– His Protection (through several journies – short or long),
– His Provision (just when you needed it, from unexpected sources),
– Sound health (despite your daily busy/stressful agenda),
– Financial and Material resources (to accomplish all the Lord layed on your heart) and lots more!
And guess what? He did all these not just for you as a person but for your family (children, parents, siblings) and friends (brothers, sisters and loved ones) as well! Don’t you think He deserves the praise and thanks?
Let everything that has breath PRAISE YE THE LORD… Do this personally and as families in a deliberate way.
2. Share Love and Give to Others.
John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”.
We’re celebrating Christmas only because God showed to us love and expressed this love by giving to us Jesus Christ. So what does he expect us to do at such a time as this? We must go ahead to share this same love and give to those around. In this season, share gifts with others (families, friends, church members and neighbours), visit a family with some gifts, take a young person out on a trip, do something special to someone this Christmas.
Jesus spoke about another group of people who need our love and what a good time to share with them. We should also look for others that are less privileged, the poor, the handicapped or disabled, the sick, the hungry, those in prison and such to share this season with; for as many as minister to these people, are doing it unto the Lord (Matt 25:34-46).
In this season, find a few people to share with and show love by giving to them.
3. Be Happy and have Fun with those you love.
Psalm 68:3 “But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and merry”.
Really…? Truly Yes! It’s amazing that walking with God is not synonymous with continuous sorrow, it is right for the righteous to be glad, to be happy and merry. So feel free this season to be happy and ‘playful’ with those you love – spend time with your family, take some time out to celebrate at fun places. Rejoice, be glad, be happy and enjoy yourself with those who mean much to you.
Do this before God! As you are happy, remember you’re before God and don’t be like the rich fool (Luke 12:16-21) or like Nabal (1Sam 25:36-38)… Who became merry and sinned and became careless and lost their lives!
Oh let the righteous be happy and merry before their Lord!
4. Pray and Plan for the new year.
Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out”.
The Lord holds out a lot for you in the new year, He has plans about what every of his children should do, pursue, accomplish and how we must do that in that year. He expects his children to search it out, to discover it with an intention to go ahead and pursue it.
As the children of Israel planned to cross and crush the walls of Jericho, they prayed and as they prayed, the Lord gave strategy on how to proceed, their placement, where the priests must be and how it must all play out (Josh 6:2-5). So in your prayer, receive the plan and strategy with which to move in the coming year.
Don’t go into the new year blindly, without knowing what to do or pursue!
Guys, May the Lord bless you and keep you and cause us all to see the coming year in Strength in Jesus name. Merry Christmas in advance and if you don’t hear from me again till 2015, then see you there!
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