LIFE, NEW HOPE
Just a few short days ago, most of us opened packages and
received something new.
It is exciting to enjoy a “new thing.” However, do you notice that it does not take
long for the thrill of the gift or purchase to wear off?
As we look at life, we can receive a precious gift to begin a new
day or a new year with a “clean slate.”
There is hope in knowing that yesterday is past and we are not bound
down because of limitations, failures or sin of the past. Any successes of yesterday are now a shadow
of things that were. We can know, with
hope and belief, all things are possible for a glorious future.
There is a wonderful and amazing way of life where newness never
fades but becomes more sure and bright with each passing day.
Allow me to take a short but good rabbit trail. In these past days, I had the opportunity to
travel, visit family and friends and even get stranded in an airport for
several hours which meant spending the night on a cot with 150 other people in
the middle of an airport concourse. You soon learn about the temperaments and
ideas of others.
As a senior, I find it interesting to watch and listen to people,
observing what they say and what they do; as well as get an insight into their
life styles. Sadly, I see that we have
lost integrity, values have changed and moral absolutes are vanishing at a
Friends, we are NOT living in a God-friendly society. Just look around. There is no way that one can tune into
“world-normal” TV, internet and movies without the mind being bombarded by
content that is contrary to the purity of God and His Word. We have become a
I want to share with you
some startling statistics:
Barna Survey* examines changes in Biblical Worldview Among
the Past 13 Years.
For the purposes of the
survey, a “biblical worldview” was defined as believing that absolute moral truth exists; the
Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is
considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic; a person cannot
earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works; Jesus Christ
lived a sinless life on earth and God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator
of the world who still rules the universe today. In the research, anyone who
held all of those beliefs was said to have a biblical worldview. Overall, the
current research revealed that only 9%
of all American adults have a biblical worldview.
MORE SHOCKING STATISTICS: The research data showed that one pattern emerged loud and clear:
young adults, ages 18 to 23, rarely possess a biblical worldview. The current study found that less than one-half of one percent of these adults have a biblical worldview. Researcher George Barna has also
discovered the disturbing fact that “half of all adults who attend Protestant
churches on a typical Sunday morning are not Christian.” He also points out
that people who call themselves Christians but are not
born-again are “a group that constitutes a majority of churchgoers.”
If we are honest, can’t we all
see why there is such a deterioration in our homes, churches, and nation? Why has this happened? Think on this for a
moment. Where Jesus
Christ lives and reigns, there is love, joy, peace that comes with wisdom and
understanding. Compassion and order
rules. There is victory and people are
set free. Why? Because the God who created the universe and
all good things in this world, cared enough about the human race that Jesus was
sent to earth, as a man (but all God) who never sinned, but willingly endured
the cross of shame because of His overwhelming love for all mankind. He paid
the ultimate price, so that each of us could have a new and promising
life. What a gift that comes with this
newness and hope that we do not have to pay for our personal sinfulness!
My question is why are we so
unwilling and self-centered as to desire to live our lives in our own way when
all the time, we could have blessings and abundance that is lasting and takes
us right into Heaven?
I know some reasons why there are
those astounding statistics above. Do
You? Reasons #1: There is an enemy named
Satan who hates Almighty God and every person born into this world. His purpose
is to kill, steal, destroy and bring deception because he knows his days are numbered. We seem to be letting him do a good job. The
Truth is that Christians have power over him.**
Reason #2: Mankind is full of pride and pride always wants to satisfy
the flesh. Reason #3: Our personal
disobedience to the things of the Scripture.
Reason #4: Our lack of faith and living in doubt and unbelief.
That’s a good start.
ANTIDOTE TO THE SHOCKING STATISTICS:
It only takes one spirit-filled person to affect a change upon hundreds,
yes, even thousands and more. (See the
Book of Acts.) Praise the Lord for
ministries that are reaching multitudes today.
GOOD NEWS: The Gospel, The Good News of Salvation, comes with
all encompassing privileges: 1) The ability to repent and ask forgiveness for all the sin and
negativity that we carry within 2) The truth that we can surrender everything
to the Lord Jesus Christ, so God can heap upon us blessings with an abundant
life in the here and now 3) Experiencing
God’s love and His Word 3) Spending time in praise, worship and
gratitude [the desire of God’s heart] 4)
Seeking the Lord with all our heart.
Dear friend, I spent many years
in church and full-time Christian work as a born-again Christian but did not
know who I really was or what I had as a child of God. I came to the reality that I was not living
according to the full knowledge of what God intended me to be and do. I thought I knew about living the Christian
life, but instead I was greatly ignorant of Truths that could have set me free
from a life of dysfunction from my surroundings and myself. I praise the Lord for His patience and mercy.
He came to me in a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit in my later
60’s. (When Jesus ascended up to Heaven,
He sent the Holy Spirit to live within us when we accept Jesus as Savior and
become born-again believers.) Only
through the power of the Holy Spirit can we please the Lord. He is the One who gave me these truths so
that I, in turn, can share them with you.
All Christians can have the same experience. The Lord tells us that all
we have to do is ask for His power.
There is nothing greater than knowing that we have the Spirit of the God
of this Universe living within!
We have hope in God that
we can start new and fresh on a pathway that
will truly set us free and give us a successful and fruitful tomorrow. It
is our choice to believe and receive or doubt and do without.
Here is a check list of things you do not want in your life
when you start a new year: You can rid yourself of these things by recognizing
one or more exists within you and asking the Lord to remove it. He never bring it up again. It is a start of being set free.
worth Worry and anxiety
Disappointment Prolonged Grief
Loneliness False Spirituality
Relationship Issues Financial Problems
Negative self-talk Rebellion
Judgmental spirit Stress, unresolved
Why art thou cast down, O my
soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him
for the help of his countenance. Psalm
And he hath put a new song in my
mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust
in the Lord. Psalm 40:3
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Psalm
Now the God of hope fill
you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through
the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans
Precious ones, there is no other way to be saved and set free
but through Jesus Christ. No other god or force ever took your place on an old
rugged cross and shed His precious blood so that you could be changed. NO ONE!
Jesus gives us the answers and the power through the infallible
Scriptures that are life and light to all who will seek His Truth. God cannot
and will never lie to you or lead you wrong. This knowledge is a wonderful,
marvelous way to a NEW life of HOPE.
Christians, are we emanating
God’s love and power to bring victory and make a difference in those around
REMEMBER! One day soon, we will be entering a new
Heaven and there will be a promise of a new earth for those who believe. What a
glorious hope! Don’t you want to experience this; a place in the presence of
Almighty, Awesome God and Savior forever?
The alternative is just the opposite - Hell. Please, think on your options.
We can start right now to have a
NEW year and hope to become change-agents in our world. With God, nothing is
impossible. I am joining with you in
setting new goals and plans for 2013.
Because I care,
** John 10:10
1 John 3:8
Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
I send you greetings and love, with great appreciation, for reading this Nugget of Truth.