I was pondering my thoughts for the first post of 2021. A new year and New thoughts and I were road-blocked off time. Then I remembered the text I read on New year day and it spoke to me well. I don’t know if you all can relate this message with me, but I promise it can change the thoughts of how we perceive each New year.
All of us love a New year and we all wish for something big and we all take a new resolution. We visualize new things and we have a fantasy running in our mind that everything will be good after the dawn of the new year. More precisely, we try to change things, which made us unhappy last year.
I was in the same context: get up early, workout, cook and write long posts for the blog. But this message in my daily reading book changed my thoughts drastically.
It started with a question: What if you ask God what He wants you to change, improve, or begin this year? It hit me: I wanted to change the worldly things that hurt me, that made me belittle people who made me feel worse and a sudden turn of events around me. But all these years I hadn’t thought of this question, ‘What God wanted me to change’?
2 Corinthians 5: 17, says, Therefore, if anyone is in christ, the new creation has come; The old has gone, the new is here!
He might love to see these changes from us:
Galatians 5, talks about walking in the spirit and avoiding things that prompt us to do things in our flesh. In this New year, God would love us to demonstrate more of the fruit of the spirit in our life. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. A tad bit challenging for me. But this is the year to get out of my comfort zone and to talk up this change.
The next change He would love is to love our enemy. A few sentences back, you would have read how I was cringing about people who hurt me. Mathew 5:44, says, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you hmm! I cannot do it in my flesh, but I can surrender myself to the spirit and He knows the best.
Have we ever thought to live a life in content? That’s the third change He expects from us. Hebrews 13: 5. Says: keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have because God has said, “Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you”.
The last thing he expects us to do is spread the joy we received to others. Mark 16:15, says, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation
I hope with the help of the holy spirit we can be free from old patterns and embrace the new change.
I wish you all a happy New year 2021! Have a blessed year!