Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018. Here’s to more memories, joyful moments, and lessons learned. Perhaps every year keeps on getting better and better. I pray that your 2018 may be filled with more love and hope.
I don’t know what you’re going through, but I hope to encourage you through this short reminder that you can get through anything life gives you. Let’s stop with all the negative vibes and the anxious thoughts that hinder you to show your iridescent self.
As the year ends, may you be reminded of everything that God has done for us. We’ve all been through our ups and downs, but He is constant and His unconditional love will never fail. We may have shortcomings as a human being, but He will always be there to pick us up. He will always be a God of second chances (or more!). We may fail Him, but remember that we will always be under his protective care and redemptive purposes. Let’s welcome this new year with readied hearts for what is to come. Didn’t God commanded us to be strong and courageous? The Lord God will be with us wherever we go. (Joshua 1:9)
This 2018, let us reminisce what He has been teaching us. Let’s have FAITH.
F – Focus on the eternal things.
We live in a world where materialism is dominant. You can have all the things in the world – money, fame, and glory; but still not be satisfied. How would it feel to gain the whole world, but forfeit your own soul?
This year, may we have a closer relationship with God and I pray that we may have experiences that make us fall in love with Him each and every day. May we always wake up in the mornings with the thought of how fascinating our Father in Heaven is.
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
– Matthew 6:20-21
A – Always rejoice.
As Paul writes, we are to rejoice in the Lord. Always. It’s not a choice, it’s a command. I pray that we may rejoice in times of trials and our sufferings the same way we rejoice in our times of joy.
As Christians, we know that trials are blessings in disguise. Through the trials we endure, we also strengthen our faith in the Lord. Let us be joyful in the midst of our sufferings.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
– Matthew 5:11-12
I – Identify yourself with Him.
You may get carried away by how the world can define you as a person, but I hope that you will not forget that we belong to Him. Because of the beautiful gift of Jesus Christ, our Father in heaven sees us pure and blameless in His sight. He is so much delighted that we belong to Him, and Him having us. Let’s not be ashamed. Run to Him and let’s learn from Him. As we align our hearts and wills to Him, let’s be one with our Heavenly Father.
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
– John 1:12-13
T – Trust in Him.
Do you remember the story of how Jesus walked on water? Peter wanted to come to Him on the water. Peter was able to walk on water and come to Jesus. But when the winds came, he got scared and he began to sink. What Jesus said to Peter made me think. We’ve got so much incredible power in our hands with Jesus’ help, but we’ve got to believe. In the New Testament, people were healed because of their faith alone. We may be afraid, but sometimes the only solution to this anxiety is to simply trust in Him and His goodness.
“You of little faith,” Jesus said, “Why did you doubt?”
– Matthew 14:31
H – Have a heart of gratefulness and a habit of prayer.
We tend to forget about thanking God in prayer. Again, because of the gift of Jesus Christ, we have the freedom to come to the Father in prayer. In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches us the simplicity of prayer. We don’t have to be memorizing lengthy prayers, because sometimes it loses its sincerity. Let’s be spontaneous in our prayers. Besides, our Father in Heaven already knows what we need before we tell Him.
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
– Matthew 6:6
May we look forward this 2018 with hope, and may we always fix only our eyes on Jesus – the perfecter of our faith. We may have tribulations and sufferings, but Jesus Christ has surely overcome the world. Here’s to another year of being a living testament of His glory!
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