“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15). The Jewish sacrifices were offered at certain times, however, in the new covenant, we are to offer a sacrifice of praise to God continually. We are to offer praise, good works, and even ourselves to Him continually. Now that Sunday is over don’t stop praising Him. Look for things to praise Him throughout the day. Who knows, you might even have the opportunity to praise God by sharing Christ. Praise the LORD!
“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24). What will be your response to the day the Lord has made? Will you rejoice in Him or allow the day to slip away without any recognition of God? This day and every day are days to worship God. He made them so we can rejoice in what he has done. Be glad today as you gather with believers to worship God at church. May your moments with Him be heart changing.
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10). If you listen to the news daily, you seldom hear them mention God let alone exalt Him. But there is coming a day when He will be exalted. Even though this world is not listening to Him, we as His Children can. Be still and listen. Be still and know that He is God.
Paul wrote, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Phil 4:6). A modern translation of that verse is “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything.” Prayer is communication with God. As a Christian, this is something we should do every day. Don’t become distraught over a particular situation, “Take it to the Lord in prayer.” However, keep in mind, pray is a two-way street. Take time to listen, God does want to talk to you.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). If you are a child of God, your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit that indwells you. We are told to glorify God with our body and our spirit. This means to live a holy and pure life wherever you are, at home, work, or play. Don’t just be holy on Sunday at church, be holy every day. God said it this way “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16).
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12). The Word of God which is living and active, can expose to us our sin and how we live. Whether we are living as the natural man (a man who lives for himself) or the spiritual man guided by the Holy Spirit. It even exposes our thoughts and attitudes within the heart. Is there some sin in your life you need to repent of? Let the Word of God move upon your heart and speak to you today.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40). In these verses, Jesus tells us what our priorities should be for the New Year. Our love for God must flow from every part of our being. God must be the top priority in our lives at all times. With our love for Him and His love for us in place, we can then love others. What a way to start the New Year by sharing true JOY. JESUS, OTHERS and then YOU.
Have a Blessed and Happy New Year in the Lord! T4GM.ORG