Sunday, January 1, 2012

Why you should have a "blessed" new year

What about happy new year?
I was going to say,” Why should you have a happy new year;” but really that is not very biblical. Being happy is not a bad thing, unless it is mixed with sin. But happiness is quite fleeting and can quickly turn to boredom, sadness and a spirit of discontent. Often, people who seek happiness and think they find it, attribute it to getting lucky or think it was a matter of destiny. Then at the zenith of their search they realize achieving it is a mirage or like an animal chasing its tail. For the true believer in Christ, a blood bought child of God, there is no such thing as luck. The biblical order is the Christian seeks holiness and righteousness and the happiness that follows is a byproduct.

Why Christians can have a blessed new year
I would like to give three reasons why you, as a Christian, can be wished and prayed for to have a Blessed New Year.

The first reason is because your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ purchased with his blood on the cross of Calvary an inheritance in heaven, for you, which cannot be taken away. Our Bible text is found in 1 Peter 1 3-4: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you...

A second reason you can have a blessed New Year is because God's people are eternally secure and He powerfully keeps them in every trial and sorrow even to the redemption of their body when they are glorified. Our Bible text is found in Peter 1:5-7: ...who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Our third and final reason that you can have a blessed Christmas is because you have a Savior who intercedes for you at the right hand of God and nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ.
Our Bible text for this is found in Romans 8:33-39; What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, for your sake we are being put to death all day; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered, But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Have a blessed new year!