Church of the Living Word

Our Faith Looks Forward for the New Year
By Matt Walkoe   December 31st, 2017

Some say that the month of January was named after the Roman god Janus. Janus had two faces: one looked back over the past and the other looked forward into the future. As we approach the new year, we have no idea of what it will hold. The most important thing that we can do is to take all of the failures, and the successes, of the past year and put them under the blood of Jesus Christ.

Paul writes: One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14). Paul knew that his faith had to be aggressive and forward-focused. He could have been devastated by dwelling on his past persecution of the Christians. People who dwell too much on past defeats, or past victories, are not moving forward. There is nothing as deadly as living in the past.

In our human minds, we have a concept of past, present, and future, that does not exist in God. He always speaks of Himself in the present, “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14). Likewise, He does not view us through the lens of time. When He meets us, He blots out the past. He sees us as He created us, when He chose us before the foundations of the earth. This is something that we cannot understand. We are time-limited beings. We just see the passing parade of the present.

The Scripture says, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus said that He would be with us always, even to the end of the age. He was present with us during all of last year. However, sometimes we were so aware of our problems that we were not aware of His presence. In the upcoming year, we need to dial out a lot of things, tune into the Lord, and practice His presence. Forget the things that lie behind; you cannot change them. Draw on the grace of God and move on. Likewise, do not live too much in the future, it causes you to become impractical. Today lived with faith will open the doors tomorrow.

The new year lies before us like an uncharted wilderness. There will be problems, and there will be victories. Just as God has given us grace every step of the way this past year, we ask for His grace, mercy, and forgiveness for the year to come. We believe that His grace and provision is sufficient for us. As we stand at the threshold of this new year, we know that we will be victorious only as we partake of His life and His victory.

Scriptures: Philippians 3:13-14; (Hebrews 13:8); (Matthew 28:20; 6:34); (Exodus 3:14); (Ephesians 1:4; 5:16); (Galatians 4:4-5); (Revelation 13:8).

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