As the last day of 2011 passes into the first day of 2012… people reflect on what has transpired this year… and wonder what is in store for the new year…. they may make plans… they may have hopes.
May I suggest an attitude of THANKFULLNESS to GOD…. for everything that He has done for you…. even if you feel that it was a “bad” year and you have little to be thankful about….. the FACT that you are still around on planet Earth, is reason enough to be thankfull….
…Thus says the LORD: “Behold, what I have built I will break down, and what I have planted I will pluck up, that is, the whole land. And do you seek great things for yourself ? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring ADVERSITY ON ALL FLESH” says the LORD. “But I will give YOUR LIFE TO YOU as a prize in all places, wherever you go” (Jeremiah 45:4 – 5)
This is not some GLOOM and DOOM “new year’s” message to depress you….. merely an acknowledgement that the whole world IS heading in the devil’s direction (as PREDICTED long, long ago)….. and you should NOT expect “utopia” on Earth…. but rather, give THANKS TO GOD for the blessings that you have TODAY.
The Psalmist says:
“Oh, that men would GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men !” (Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31)
… and yet again:
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all” Psalm 34:19
Even the most favored “people of God” WILL experience difficulties, challenges, problems, frustrations, depressions….. these maybe financial…. or health challenges….. accidents or problems caused by other people…. pollution…. or weather problems…. SOMETHING…… how will you handle it ?
By blaming God ? by blaming man ? by blaming the devil ? by blaming yourself ?
May I suggest an attitude of THANKFULLNESS ? …. yes, that’s right ! …… because no matter what your problem is….. there is ALWAYS something to be thankful about…… “Give thanks with a grateful heart”….. Christ has redeemed you from destruction…. what is more, you have no idea how many things you have been protected from that COULD have befallen you…… give thanks that GOD IS GOD (perfection in every sense of the word…. merciful and mighty, loving and just) , and that HE LOVES YOU (even when you do not FEEL loved)…
Have you ever witnessed the POWER of THANKFULLNESS ?
No matter what you may be going through….. BEING THANKFUL TO GOD….. is the VERY BEST thing you could be doing at ANY point in time…. under ANY circumstances.
Your circumstances can change in an INSTANT…. whether for better or worse….. GOD is ALMIGHTY…. and HE is from EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING….. you better LOOK TO HIM…… and give HIM rightful PRAISE amd THANKSGIVING……. because there is NONE OTHER that can help you….. so getting “vexed” with HIM is the WORST thing that you can do (and certainly Satan will put that idea into your head, he will wisper in your ear, “blame God, it’s all HIS fault, after all HE could easily change your circumstances but HE wont…. because HE likes to punish you for everything”)
SO what will be your attitude in this NEW YEAR ?
Do you plan to get RICHER….. bigger house, more cars, foreign travel, more clothes, parties ? ….. or will you be content with seeking to know GOD better, and allow HIM to determine your circumstances…
Read Luke 12:22 – 34 …. with emphasis on Verse 31