I wanted to say more than ‘Happy New Year’… I waited to reply thinking, ‘Lord what do I say?’ The word Happy is so fleeting, so temporary and it has little to say about what the New Year will bring. I was perplexed at a crossroad. I know this year will be like no other year but I know you were chosen to be here at such a time as this. You are the remnant which the bible talks about; you are the strong, the steadfast, the unmoving, and the always abounding in the Lord… You are God’s people in whom He Loves and will lead us out of every situation that will occur.
How then do we proceed in this New Year? We proceed in the same manner in which we have always proceeded in every New Year. This manner in which we proceed in is Love… Love over comes. It has never been overcome. Its resolve has always been the same… that is to love. Love is not the least but the greatest position we can take. As we Love God with our all it reaches the tangible state beseeching us to love our neighbors, as the Love of God possesses us to love our selves.
2016 unveiled the evils that were festering in every domain in our society. They were always there. God said judgment begins first in the house of the Lord. Man has always used in the name of their God to do their worst in every religion. So we are here now… the darkness has encroached upon us as the Prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 60:2.
Isaiah 60:2 King James Version (KJV)
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
What are we to do with this darkness? Look at Isaiah 60:1.
Isaiah 60:1 Amplified Bible (AMP)
A Glorified Zion
“Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the Lord]; for your light has come,
And the glory and brilliance of the Lord has risen upon you.
Whenever it grows darker the light will always appear brighter. Darkness cannot overcome light. Light will always overcome darkness. Light has its advantages. Light brings clarity, direction, and revelation. Light uncovers the darkness. It refuses to allow darkness to exist. This Light will strengthen us! The Light was spoken in the beginning of our time when the world was dark. It is the light that will strengthen our faith to arise and shine. Genesis 1:2-3 and Isaiah 9:2 is where this is found.
Genesis 1:2-3 King James Version (KJV)
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Isaiah 9:2 Amplified Bible (AMP)
The people who walk in [spiritual] darkness Will see a great Light; Those who live in the dark land, The Light will shine on them.
Who is this Light? Look at John 1:1-5.
John 1:1-5 King James Version (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
This divine Light is Jesus! Jesus is your peace, your joy, your faith, your hope… and your resolve…
So have a God sanctioned, a God blessed New Year!