Jarrod Jacobs: Happy New Years
[Below, we take the letters in “Happy New Year” to remind us of spiritual truths we need to learn and apply in 2023! God bless you in the new year!]
H - (Home) May our homes be filled with love (Col. 3:19; Titus 4), and may we guide our children in the path of righteousness in 2023.
A - (Always) Let us be “always abounding in the work of the Lord” (I Cor. 15:58). There is much to do for the Lord this year; let’s get busy!
P - (Perseverance) Perseverance is vital if we are to finish our race. Paul is a prime example of what it means to persevere (Phil. 4:11-13). May we have our eyes on the goal this year (Col. 3:1-3)!
P - (Persecution) Face persecution the way godly men and women did in Bible days (Heb. 11:32-40). The apostle said that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus “shall be persecuted” (II Tim. 3:12). Jesus said those who would suffer would be called “blessed” (Matt. 5:10-12).
Y - (Youth) Give God the strength of your youth. It is the time to remember God, rejoice in the Lord, and serve Him (Ecc. 11:9-12:1). Remember to “let no one despise thy youth; but be thou an example to the believers …” (I Tim. 4:12).
N - (Nothing) Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Rom. 8:35-39). He will forgive our sins because He loves us and wants us to be with Him in Heaven (Mk. 16:16; II Pet. 3:9).
E - (Example) Be a righteous example before others. Christians have this responsibility, whether young or old (I Tim. 4:12; Titus 2:2-8). Remember, our “works” will follow us (Rev. 14:13).
W - (Wisdom) Wisdom is an attribute we need to acquire at all costs (Prov. 23:23)! It can only be obtained by spending time in God’s word and then actively applying it! (Remember, wisdom is the application of knowledge!) Make 2023 the year we “get wisdom” (Prov. 4:5, 7-13)!
Y - (Yearn) Are we yearning to go to Heaven? Let this drive and determination dwell within our hearts. This life is not the “be-all and end-all”! We are strangers and pilgrims in this world (I Pet. 2:9). Therefore, let us yearn and actively seek that eternal home in Heaven (Heb. 11:13-16)!
E - (Exalt) Exalt God and be faithful to Him this year! God wants those ready and willing to worship Him “in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:24). He wants folks whose faithfulness is seen in their words and deeds when we are before men or alone (Col. 3:17). Let us reverently exalt our King, and worship Him faithfully in 2023!
A - (Active) A new year brings with it certain responsibilities. Among those that demand our highest priority is to be active in the Lord’s service. There is no room in God’s army for lazy folks! He needs active soldiers (II Tim. 2:3-4), “workmen” (II Tim. 2:15) who are ready to live for Him every day!
R - (Rejoice) The Christian can rejoice because his name is written in Heaven! In whatever state we may be, we ought to say as Paul, “Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, Rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). No, circumstances in the coming year will not always be pleasant; but we can still have joy!
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