“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth, shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:18-19).
I believe the greater majority of Christians look forward to the end of one year and the beginning of the next while others, a smaller minority, loathe the New Year. Furthermore, I think I have figured out why, if things went well for you in the previous year you would like for it to continue. If things did not go according to your plans last year maybe you feel the New Year will bring more of the same. Who wants that? I find it disappointing that so many of my Christian brothers and sisters allow themselves to play this Old Year—New Year game year-after-year.
If you are of the opinion God forgot you in 2011 and left you to deal with life’s challenges alone, I have news for you. You are looking at God from the wrong perspective. God forges, molds, temper and hammer us after taking us out of the furnace of affliction to build our spiritual character, to humble us under His mighty hand. Why? To make us new, stronger and better servants in kingdom work according to His will in every way.
As the New Year begins believe God will do what He says He will do and for that reason I speak prophetically in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, “2012 will be better than 2011.” You have the power to make the New Year better than the old; God has promised to do a new thing for you, it is up to you to believe. Here are just a few things to consider as the New Year moves along.
“From this day will I bless you” (Haggai 2:19). Now that 2011 has come to an end look back and thank God for closing several doors for you that no man will ever open again, and be glad about it. Rejoice, rejoice because you have eyes to see more of God in all of His creatures and creation, and because you have faith look inward and make room for more of the Spirit of Jesus to dwell within you! The old year was a year of hope, keep it alive.
As 2012 begins look ahead and trust God to open doors for you that no man will ever close. Use your strong voice and open your mouth and praise God more than ever. Also, open your heart and let more of Jesus in and just for good measure, in 2012 open your ears and listen for the still quiet voice of the Spirit of God as He speaks to you. The New Year is a year of Divine change you can believe in, because God can and will change things if you let Him change you first.
After having looked back and seen how far God has brought you, if you do not need Him to open or close doors for you, pray that He will open or close some doors for someone else, even me. The promises of God will never be broken and He will not fail to deliver on a single promise. God promised: “From this day will I bless you.” Have a Happy New Year, you are blessed bless someone in Jesus’ name.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ