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No weapon formed against you shall prosper… Isaiah 54:17
Guidance for the New Year

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trails, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fir, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ – I Peter 1:6,7

Meditation verses: I Peter 1:1-10

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercies have enabled us to enter this new year with renewed hope and faith. God had been gracious to us in the past years. Though we had to undergo trials and tribulations, through genuineness of our faith, we did not relinquish our Lord but stood firm in the test to ultimately receive honor and glory on the revelation of Christ Jesus.

We have stepped into this New Year with renewed hope on God’s mercies. We anticipate far greater blessings this year in our family, career and ministry. To receive such blessing may the Lord make us befitting and guide us in the way we have to walk.

Let us see what God expects from us in the year 2003.

Called not to render evil for evil

In the past years, we have been wronged by many people either for no reason or sometimes for inadvertently hurting others. The wounds have been so deep that it has still not healed in our hearts. It erupts every time we see, hear or talk about those who maltreated us. The Lord who is the greatest judge advises us not to render evil for evil because vengeance belongs to Him. In turn, if we do good to those who ill-treated we shall receive double the blessing: one peace within ourselves and two the righteous God shall see our deeds and blesses abundantly.

Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you are called to this, that you may inherit a blessing – I Peter 3:9

Called to suffer for righteousness’ sake

We are moving forward towards a time when righteousness is becoming more and more intolerant by the wicked. Therefore, if you have to suffer for the sake of Christ do not be afraid of threats but stand firm in faith of God.

Even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled – I Peter 3:14

Called to bear fruits

We are called to bear fruits. If were unfruitful in the past year, this year the Lord expects you to bear spiritual fruits. Do we have love, faith, long-suffering, etc., in our life. or are we still harboring hatred, jealousy, vengeance, etc., in our mind that we are unable to lead a life pleasing to God. Analyze yourself, and if you find yourself lacking in any of them ask God forgiveness and also asking to help you grow in Him.

Called to bear fruits – Romans 1:13

Called to show mercy

Another important nature we battle in the present world is self-righteousness. We show no mercy in condemning others. When a person falls how do we react? Do we have the mind to gently chastise the person and bring him back to the fold or do we strive hard to chase the person away from God. Jesus came into this world to call the sinners to repentance. He did not come to call the righteous. Remember this and let us get our acts together before we criticize others.

But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice, for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance – Matthew 9:13

Called to have fellowship with God

God expects our renewed fellowship with Him this year. Set aside time for God. Read the Bible and pray everyday this is the secret to fight against satan. Satan fears God and he will fear you if you are child of God. We can be the child of God only if we have fellowship with God.

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord – I Corinthians 1:9

May the Lord help you to meditate on the above verses and also give you the strength to follow them.

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