... And so it Begins! In His Word 12-29-14

and so it Begins-In His Word 12-29-14

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. ... Genesis 1:1

Each of us has a beginning, and of course and end; it’s what goes on in-between these two that really matters in our lives. After all we were all obviously born into the world, not always the most ideal of situations but we can all rest assured that God had a purpose in our beginnings.

Jeremiah 29 tells us that He knows the plans for us, that they are indeed for us to prosper, in some way. So, why is it that so many do not receive the blessings of God upon their lives? After all in various places throughout the Bible God talks to us through His people and their stories; over and over again we read of people coming to God and Him answering their prayers and blessing them.
Time and time again God’s people mess up things by making selfish choices, following the crowd or just not caring what God thinks and making dumb decisions.
Even today we see people in churches and out that choose to follow man instead of God; even in the very sermon they hear they take time ‘dissecting the voice’ instead of hearing the Word of God.

I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 36:11

Sometimes I wonder when I see people chatting away through half the service if they will receive from God what He is handing them.
He said He would bless us and keep us.
If we are not paying attention will we receive it?

This time of year my kids generally get together with friends and celebrate the fact they can stay up all night and shout “Happy New Year”.
If they chose to fall asleep before the Midnight hour it would not stop the change in the calendar dates, they just would not experience the joy and excitement of making it through the night.
New Beginnings.... 
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and everything else followed suit. He did not randomly choose to create it, but He planned to do so.
When we flip the calendar at the new year date do we plan out our new year or do we simply exist in it? Is there a reason to celebrate a new day? Sure, why not?
Celebrations go back to the dawn of time when God chose to celebrate the completion of the World with a break in his days. He celebrated by resting.
Now in our country, and many around the world it seems, we celebrate the beginning of a new year. It gives us a chance to set goals and attempt to complete them in that year’s time frame.

So this year as we plan out our goals let us remember God; ask Him what we should be completing this year; ask Him what we should start. Begin your year as God did… in the beginning was God.
So start your year in prayer, communicating with Him.
Ask Him to create in you a clean heart as you begin your year ahead. Set the goals you know you will achieve when you put your focus, trust and time in His plans for you.
Then you will not need to worry when you hear bad news, you will not have to be troubled by rumors you hear and you will be walking in Faith believing for the God of Glory, the God of new beginnings to bless you and keep you.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”’ Numbers 6:23-26

That is my prayer for this year. That we would all be kept in peace, blessed of God in His manner and in His graciousness. That as we walk in our days His countenance would shine upon and through each of us and others would see Him in us and give Him the glory.
Also, that we would indeed be a blessing to Him and pleasing in His sight.

 But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows. Mark 13:7-8

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing us this year, guide and  direct us as we go through the next and help us to be fearlessly following you and faithful in your sight. In Jesus name, amen.

Suggested reading Mark 12:1-34, Mark 13:1-37, Nehemiah 6:1-27 Psalm 37:1-40