Back to the Beginning- In His Word 1-9-17

Back to the beginning.. In His Word 1-9-17

When we start out the New Year we have a habit of planning lists of what we are going to do to make this year better than the last. We think about how we will do everything right, we will do the right things not the wrong and we plan to loose weight or gain money or both. Well I know we all think this is something new but its not. The word of God says there is nothing new under the sun, but also it shows us that Jesus brought us back to the beginning.
History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Ecclesiastics 1:9

 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.  Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.  Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. 1 John 2:1-8
So we see that it is written in His word and as it is written we can read it, then share it with others as the Apostles did back in the day that Jesus Christ made right our wrongs and only through Him, and His grace can we truly start anew and a new year can become a new beginning.  I mean, sure we can try to gain ground and set our own goals and maybe we will accomplish them; but if we truly want to make a difference in the world we need to share the Good News about Jesus with those who are still walking in darkness not understanding that God wants to change our lives for the better, Himself!
 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 2 Corinthians 5:16-18
God the father told the people to be fruitful and multiply, Jesus tells us to go tell the world about the Good News of the Gospel. This is the reason He came to us was so that we could truly multiply the kingdom, not just in physical numbers but in spiritual numbers as well.
What is a spiritual number?
When we become Christians, we are joined together with other believers and we worship Him. As Christians we must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The Holy Spirit that He gives to us helps us to worship Him in spirit so I see this as growing in the Spirit. The more we listen to the Lord God, via the Holy Spirit speaking to us both in prayer times, in His Word, and through Godly men and women… even God’s handiwork can speak to us for Him when the Holy Spirit is involved. Look at Balaam!  In Numbers 22:1-41 it tells of the story of Balaam, in the story God uses a donkey to stop him and make him obey God. So God is not unable to use anything, and His Spirit , our Holy Spirit guides us in truth. So when we allow the Holy Spirit to use us we will be fruitful and multiply the Kingdom of God.
So for your goals this year why not start with these three things;
1-      Pray as often as you think to pray. Ask God to direct your path in all areas this year.
2-      Read the Word, research to find what things He would want from you. Colossians is a good read for that sort of thing.
3-      Listen to the Holy Spirit speak to you through the Word, and prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father, direct our paths this year in a way that only You could direct us; by your Spirit and Your Word bless us, and keep us from stumbling. Help us to be fruitful this year and bring others into Your kingdom, in Jesus name, amen.

Read some more! Colossians 1:1-29, Colossians 2:1-23, Colossians 3:1-25, and Colossians 4:1-18.