52. Message for 2014 (1)

I would like to wish you all a happy new year. May God bless your endeavors, your family and your dreams, but above all may you grow closer to Him. And through growing closer to Him, I believe that this is the year that each of us must step in and do something for His Kingdom. The time to be lukewarm has come and gone. We need to be on fire for Christ. It is not optional anymore, it is a necessity. The world we live in have become increasingly cold and hostile and at best nonchalant about Christianity. Anything goes and everything has to be tolerated. Things are to be accepted in the name of 'peace' and people are trampled over in the name of economic and political advancement. Listen to what the Word has to say about the time we live in:

"…in the last days there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to enjoy themselves in every evil way possible." Jude 1:18

"…in the last days there will be scoffers who will laugh at the truth and do every evil thing they desire." 2 Peter 3:3

"…in the last times some will turn away from what we believe; they will follow lying spirits and teachings that come from demons." 1 Timothy 4:1

"…in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest into what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly." 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Does that all sound familiar? It all rings true if you just read the newspapers and listen to the news, no matter where you live in the world. But what really struck me was the last sentence, "…they will act religious." So for 2014 I want to challenge you to not 'act religious'. There are too many 'religious' people walking around today. I want to challenge you to be the true light that God created you to be. Stand up for what you know is right, take a stand for the Kingdom of God and above all, reach out to others and be different. Be the difference this world so desperately needs.

I love the song 'Live with abandon' from Newsboys. The song describes it perfectly. We need to live with abandon, we shouldn't look back and make excuses, we should look forward and give it our all. We should make the Kingdom of God our primary concern and live for the benefit of the Kingdom. Jesus came to give us a place in the Kingdom of God and we need to act as citizens of His glorious Kingdom. We need to keep our heads held high and we should reach out to those in need. If you live for the benefit of the Kingdom, worldly matters will start to look insignificant and you will be able to loosen yourself from the grip of this world and all the glitz and glamour it offers.

Look up and spend time with God. Fall in love with Jesus all over again and share His love with a broken world, then you will find yourself starting to live for His Name, totally sold out to Him. Then you will see, 2014 will be your best year yet!

Father thank you for a new year. Thank you for the blessings and for the opportunities that we know are waiting for us. Help us to follow You no matter what and help us to fulfill Your plan for our lives. You know best. We want to live with abandon, please help us to do just that. In Jesus' Name. Amen 

1 comment for “52. Message for 2014 (1)”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, January 3, 2014 at 1:26:50 PM

    Just this morning I prayed and said that the main aim for myself in 2014 is to get to know Him better. And how do we do it? We read and study His Word, and He will reveal Himself to us.

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