ENTERING THE NEW YEAR..WITH HOPE!
Well, friends, we have almost made it. I'm posting this on December 31st, 2022.
I wanted you to see that because of Christmas, we just came through, we do have that blessed hope! I put a post on Facebook yesterday, and ask what would be your number one wish for 2023? And not for a million dollars, that's what most seem to say, I was surprised! Friends, people are hurting, I have several to pray for from this posting. I loved that many were concerned about their loved ones and eternity.
You may be like me thinking gosh, I'm happy to see 2022 go, and now we are heading into a New Year. You may be like me, thinking how do I see hope in 2023 when I have lost so much hope I'm leaving behind in 2022? Won't it just be more heartaches?
I know we sometimes think; why do the wicked prosper and seem to get away with their evil actions? But, Psalms 37:2 tells us . " they will soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. And verse 13 says, " the Lord shall laugh at him; for he seeth that his day is coming". Psalms 37 is all about how the righteous will endure and the wicked will perish in the end.
So, I'm here to encourage you, that because of Christmas that we just came through, that is
Christmas is, Jesus, God's son in the flesh sent in human form ( God/Human) so He could relate to our humanness. He fills your pain, He sees your tears. Because He was in human form. He was just like us, without sin!
Did you know that we have hope like no other when we have Jesus as our personal Savior?
We are told many places in the Bible scripture of this hope.
Isaiah 41:10 says, " fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God."
And verse 13 says, "for I the Lord your God, ( is He Your Lord Jesus?) will hold you by my right hand, saying to you, "Fear not I will help you." And, Psalms 61:2 I love, "When my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
That is when we express our deepest desperate prayer; when we feel hopeless and we sense a great need for God. Leading us to that rock is leading us to the towering rock of safety. I've been there many times in 2022, most likely, like you my friends.
I've had times when I ask my Lord, " where are you? Why do You not put an end to the evilness, the chaos, the wicked ways of man against each other?
He reminds me that I am in Him. And, when I'm trusting only in Him, when I cling to His promises, He will deliver me.
I took time a couple of days ago to read all my written prayer requests over the year. I keep them in my oldest worn-out Bible. I really love reading from this old Bible I have. Just something about the worn tattered pages that lets me know I've been with my Savior. Do you know, I cried because every one of them was addressed in one way or another with answers from my precious Lord Jesus?
That's why I am assured that when you have Jesus as your Lord and Savior, nothing can separate you from Him, and if you will let Him, nothing can make you feel hopeless.
So... enter 2023 with this HOPE, that He has not forgotten you, He has not left you, and He will never leave you. Deuteronomy 31:8. Fill your 2023 with Bible reading, ( that's when God talks to you), and listen to true men of God that preach the true word of God. You can't keep this hope by yourself/ We need Him, oh, we need Him. Every hour, we need Him. I need thee every hour, the song ( written by Annie Sherwood Hawks) He loves you, He always has, and He always will.
Oh, bless me now my Savior, I come to thee. See you on the other side of 2023, if the Lord wills.
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