Sunday, December 28, 2014

A No Fear New Year

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17

God's Word brings us a comforting promise, along with an insightful command as we face a new year: "Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' So we can confidently say, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?'" (Hebrews 13:5-6).

We can live this coming year without fear if we apply these four incredibly wonderful truths to our lives and root them deep into our hearts.

1) The Contentment of His Provision

Contentment is not getting what you want, but it is wanting what you already have. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 says, "But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content." If you know Jesus Christ, you have contentment. If you've got clothes on your back, something to eat, and Jesus Christ in your heart, you're rich!

Do you know why we have fear? Because we think our needs or the needs of someone we love are not going to be met. Or we fear that the things we think are meeting our needs are going to be taken away from us. The deepest need of your heart can only be met in the Lord Jesus Christ.  He will provide for our needs, and we should do our best to help Him provide for others' needs.

2) The Companionship of His Presence

I don't know what I'm going to face next year. But there's one thing I know, He will never leave me. As children of God, He will never leave us. He is always by our side, and He is guiding us in the path of righteousness.

We are often afraid we're going to have to face something we don't understand, and we're going to have to face it alone.  When God's Word promises that God will never forsake us, it literally means that He will never abandon us. He will not give up on us. We need to practice the presence of the Lord this coming year. If we believe He is with us, then nothing can stop us and we will never be alone.

3) The Confidence of His Promise

We're going to zero in on a little phrase in our verses in Hebrews, "He has said." A promise is no better than the one who makes it. Who says, "I will never leave you nor forsake you"? It is the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God. This is the confidence of His promise.

In the coming year, when we say, "God, I just don't have the strength." The omnipotent God will answer, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." When we say, "God, I'm afraid of what is going to happen." The omnipresent God says, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." And when we say, "God, I don't know what to do." The omniscient God will respond, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." He therefore will not forsake us and will be by our side through all that happens to us in the coming year.

4) The Comfort of His Protection

Hebrews 13:6 promises, "So we can confidently say, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?'" Now, put that with verse 5, which says, "He has said."

Like I said earlier, I don't know what you're going to go through this coming year. I do not know what joys and sorrows, trials and tribulations that I may go through this year.  But I know you can boldly say, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?" When we find our contentment, companionship, and confidence in Jesus, then, we'll find our comfort and courage in Jesus.  Remember that The Lord is our helper, and we should not have fear.  Ultimately, no man can harm us or judge us if we believe in Jesus, for God is our only judge and if we do God's will and follow His Word then we will truly be blessed in the hereafter, and with courage and faith, we will be blessed in this life as well.


Brent said...

Thank you. This is just what I needed to hear.

Queer Heaven said...

I am not sure why,but for so long your blog has not allowed me to leave a comment, even though I read you almost every day.
So glad I was able toleave a comment today!
Happy Holidays

Amanda said...

Wonderful post Joe. And I second what Brent said. :)

Anonymous said...

JB, the Lord bless and keep you!

Jay M. said...

I hope this encourages those out there who are afraid to come out, be themselves, live their lives to the fullest, to take a new path.

Peace <3

Michael Dodd said...

Although I am not on the same wavelength as far as religious belief goes, I appreciate this post. Have a great year filled with contentment, companionship, confidence and comfort.