You know the saying: “New Year, New Me!”. But is it really? Are you really a new person because the clock struck 12:00 on January 1, (enter year here)? Year after year we make resolutions that we soon forget about by the 7th. I’ve been there and I’ve done that. But this year for me is truly different.
This year I have decided to be a successful Christian, which means complete obedience to God and to Him alone. This blog that I have begun is step one. God spoke to me and instructed me to start a blog months ago, and I procrastinated, placed it on the back burner and forgot about it. Much like we do our New Year Resolutions, promises we make to ourselves and promises we make to God.
With my lips I said I trusted God, that I loved God, that He is all I need in the world. But my actions sung a different song. It said I trust my job, that I loved myself and all I need in this world is money and tangible success. I became the stereotypical Christian hypocrite. I said I loved God, judged people when they sinned and lived a life of secret sin. I practiced sex outside of marriage, cursed and lied, disobeyed my parents and the list could go on and on.
It wasn’t until I started looking at myself in God’s eyes until I saw how lost and a mess I truly was. I started reading my bible and watching Christian bloggers on Youtube. A couple by the name Heather and Cornelius Lindsey have been my favorite. They have similar testimonies as I and helped me see God, His word, and my actions to His word in a different light. I would urge you if you are having difficulties in your walk with Christ to check out their channel and the church channel which I will link at the end.
So in response to God’s word I decided to fully trust Him with my life, for real this time. No more games , no more trying to take matters into my own hands. I am going to trust Him. He created me, so He knows me better than I know myself. He made promises to me.
For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name, You are Mine, When you pass through the waters, I will be with you: And through the rivers, They shall not overflow you.
And God has made many more promised to you and I. I just can not cover all of them at once. But this Christian life is not an easy one. It comes with test and trials to test and prefect your faith. Jesus promised us:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
So we can have hope during the test and trials and know that the war has already been won and we have the King of the universe on our side! I write this to you encouraged and with full faith that God will take my devotion to Him this 2015 and do something amazing with it. I can only pray the same for you. Do not be afraid for He is with us! So this new year will, by God’s grace, be a new me. Filled with His love and power!