Revelation 22:17, 21
The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let the one who hears say, "Come!" Let the one who is thirsty come, and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. The grace of the Lord Jesus is with God's people. Amen.
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in His sanctuary;
praise Him in His mighty heavens.
Praise Him for His acts of power;
praise Him for His surpassing greatness.
Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise Him with the harp and lyre,
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing,
praise Him with the strings and pipe,
Praise Him with the clash of cymbals,
praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
Today, the Lord has something new planned for us. As 2017 has ended, we can look back on all that happened and just like every year before, we can recall things that stood out, both good and bad. We remember these moments because they changed us in some way. God, in His infinite wisdom, created our world with perfect order. We have 4 seasons, 365 days per year, 24 hours per day, and 60 seconds per minute, so that we can follow His advice and "number our days, so that we can gain a heart of wisdom." While God never changes, we never stop changing, and we constantly measure our progress and setbacks. Thankfully, our Lord is not focused on our past, but rather on who our hearts belong to today. Each day is brand new, full of hope and opportunity. Every moment of every day, Jesus is calling us to Himself to forgive our sins and renew our faith. His free gift of grace is available to everyone and He longs to see us grow in this new year. Not in power, strength and wealth. Not in any physical way. Just closer to Him. That’s why everything that has breath should praise Him!
1) What happened last year that seemed bad at the time but has turned for your good?
2) What area of your life are you praying for personal growth in this year?
3) Make time today to ask the Lord what His plans are for you.
Ten Steps to Happy
We're all familiar with the Beatitudes - those nine declarations Jesus made in His Sermon on the Mount. "Blessed are the meek," and so forth. Now, Pastor Mike Hayes has gone back to the source text to develop a fresh perspective on this famous passage.