January 2018

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)

The holiday season is like a two-edged sword.  There’s activity and excitement all around, with children opening presents and gatherings with friends and family.  For all intents and purposes, the season culminates on New Year’s Day, when people make resolutions and look forward to new beginnings.  Nevertheless, for some people, it’s a really difficult time of year.  It could be because of financial trouble or the loss of someone or even the betrayal of a friend or family member.  The point is that we all live in the real world, and life is not easy.  But the good news is that God is there for us in the hard times as well as the good times.  The Bible says that there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother, and that friend is Jesus.  He’s promised never to leave us or forsake us.

At the start of this New Year, you may be feeling vulnerable and shaky; it may be that there is some difficult situation that has carried over into the new year.  If so, remember God’s promise that if you call on his name, he will answer you.

Perhaps you feel you can’t call on the name of the Lord, because you don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ. If not, what better way to begin the new year than by putting your faith in Jesus, who paid the price for your sins on the cross so you could have restored relationship with your heavenly Father, and have eternal life!  The Bible tells us that we have all sinned and come short of God’s glory; but if we repent of our sins and put our trust in Jesus, accepting his atoning sacrifice for our sins, we put on his righteousness and the Spirit of Christ comes to live in us.

It could be, on the other hand, that you do know the Lord, but you don’t feel close to him right now, because you feel you have failed him in some way.  If this is the case, don’t let enemy of your soul bring you into condemnation for something the Lord has forgiven you for.  The Bible tells every Christian that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

As we enter into 2018, let’s thank the Lord for every blessing, especially our salvation; and let’s call on his name, casting all of our cares upon him and looking forward with great expectation to all that is in store as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus throughout 2018!

Pastor Luke