I thank God for giving me the chance to see 2018. Many instances in 2017, I did not put Him first in my life before making a decision. Many times, I would try to accomplish goals by my own strength, but, feebly, I would fail. Matter of fact, it wasn’t until halfway through the year that I actually began to grow my relationship with Christ.
I want to thank God for giving me another chance to have a relationship with Him. I want to thank Him for remaining ever faithful and true. For saving me. Delivering and guiding me in 2017.
As this new year unfolds, I want to keep Zechariah 4:6 at the back of my mind which states, “not by might nor power, but by the Spirit of God.” This verse is indeed powerful as it reminds me that through the Spirit of God, I am able to achieve anything, whereas if I try to do it by my own might/power, I will miserably fail.
This year, I did not form a list of new year resolutions. Preferably, I want to strive to be a better person, knowing I cannot accomplish anything by my own will or power. Through Christ who strengthens me, I know I will be able to do the things that I set my mind to. No matter how big or small a decision might be, I want to aim to Take it to the Lord in Prayer.
I perceive this road might not be easy. Nonetheless, I am encouraged by the beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-12, which undoubtedly motivate us that we become blessed when we endure trials and tribulations.
“Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:12
I know God has essentially great plans for all of us in 2018. Let us seek Him day and night, for we know that there is a great price for those who endure. Matthew 24:13 “But the one who perseveres to the end, will be saved.” There is a race, in 2018, for us to run. There are victories to be won. So, let us ask for power, every hour from God, to be true.
“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2