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GET READY FOR A NEW YEAR
Let Jesus Fill You
Get ready for a New Year! The only preparation one needs is of the heart. Follow the prophet Isaiah’s words:
“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…”(Colossians 3:3,9)
Secular though it may sound, this common greeting for the beginning of a new year can only be achieved if I follow what the Bible tells me. What is it God says about that state we call happiness? For starters, I checked out Proverbs. That wonderful book tells me a lot about how to live.
Proverbs 14:21 tells me to “have mercy on the poor” in order to be happy. I understand it to mean not necessarily “poor” financially, but poor in spirit. This requires me to do something for someone else.
Proverbs 16:20 Check this one out carefully: “He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.” I’ll actually be happy if I plainly trust in the Lord! Now, that’s a biggee! So much so that this topic is repeated over and over again in God’s Will In Today’s World; click the book’s Topical Index and uncover more about trust.
Finally, Jesus tells me in John 13:17, “If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.” Reading ahead of this statement, I discover He is talking about washing the disciples’ feet. I’m required to be a servant and do as Jesus has done for me, in order to be happy. That’s a mighty tall order for the entire year!
I’m willing. Are you?
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