O believer in Jesus Christ, never make your own logic and understanding your refuge because its possible to fall into delusion and deceptions if you do that. Always consider yourself in need of wisdom from God above, so that you prevail against the Kingdom of Darkness each time.
How much so then that the Enemy of your soul desires that you depend so much on your own wisdom? For he knows that only the knowledge and counsel of the Lord God is something that he can never defeat nor banish. It’s very easy for the vile Serpent to misguide people who are overconfident or just don’t bother about the principles and edicts of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Think about the times when people despite having the best of jobs and the best of qualifications, have married the wrong person just because they depended on their raw impulses. Know that the bravest of people have fallen prey to scammers just because they didn’t take a second opinion against fraudulent investments. And even the most pious of men and women due to their pride in their religious knowledge rather than humility in Christ Jesus have fallen into soul damning heresies!
Therefore, be on guard O those who call yourselves as God’s friends that you don’t get deceived like Adam and Eve by the Evil One. Safeguard your heart from eating the manna of Judas and Herod, who lost it all for ungodly gains. Avoid the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy that you be a true follower of the Lord your God all through your life.
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and verily you shall be fed. (Psalm 37:3)
- Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is our refuge. Selah (Psalm 62:8)
Note: This song was sung up by Fernando Ortega, lyrics written by Annie S. Hawks (1835-1918) and musical arrangement by Robert Lowry (1826-1899)
1. I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
no tender voice like thine can peace afford.
I need thee, O I need thee;
every hour I need thee;
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.
2. I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby;
temptations lose their power when thou art nigh.
3. I need thee every hour, in joy or pain;
come quickly and abide, or life is vain.
4. I need thee every hour; teach me thy will;
and thy rich promises in me fulfill.
5. I need thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son.
3 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord‘s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.
Almost every year a drill goes on. At the beginning of the year, there’s a lot of people who make big challenges to themselves. As if the first day of the year holds some special power to grant them great things. Basically, you do your list of things so that you have a better new year than the last one. Then come the slip ups in maintaining resolutions. And the usual giving up and waiting for the next year to start afresh. So basically due to lack of planning and discipline the good works one wished to do didn’t go that well.
Usually people don’t plan for the long term but instead only have a set of wishes which they label as a plan. If you want to plan a good year for yourself then plan to make God happy. Making the Lord happy is surprisingly simple. The big question which a person who trusts in Christ must ask himself is what can oneself do to glorify God this year? You’d realize that to glorify God its not a bunch of stunts but faithful living unto God that does matter.
Believing in Christ everyday is a great way to please God. You can desire to spend more time with Jesus alone. Cherish the Gospel and live it. Do NOT be ashamed of the Gospel at anytime. Make it a point that you’ll read the Bible a little more and you will reflect on it to bear fruit. Decide for yourself that you won’t do it legalistically but rather out of desire to glorify the Lord God. Every few days try to keep a time where you will thank God for every blessing he gives to you. Keep it between you and God with no middle man. It’s not a sin if you tell of your desire to gladden God, to your mentor. But remember that while your mentor could be a great teacher, there’s no better teacher of the things of Christ than the Holy Spirit.
With your spiritual life set on pleasing God you can be sure of finding your happiness in his happiness. Also you can pray and discern as to which hobby, art, learning etc which is useful to pursue and give glory to God. All in all this year, lose yourself in Christ and you will find yourself.
Bible verses to reflect on:
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)
Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:25)
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (Matthew 16:25-26)
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (Galatians 6:11-14)
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Wish you a blessed New Year in Christ Jesus our Lord!