Dec 31, 2017

"2017 Year in Review" . Phil. 3:13-14 

How quickly the year has gone by? As the year comes to a close we often take time to reflect on it. Let us not forget to use our reflections as stepping stones into the future.

For some of us the past year has been challenging and yet for others exciting. For some there are no changes at all. As Christians we should reflect on the past year with an attitude of thankfulness/gratefulness to God for His mercy and kindness to us.

Whether we are reflecting on the past or visioning for the future...God is with us!

Lesson #1: Look back at the year coming to a close.

As we look back Paul gives us two important word to keep in mind

1. Remember    2. Forget

Philippians 3:13-14  “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But the one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Paul reminds us 1st that while it is ok to reflect on the past the important thing is to press on towards the goal and to use only those things from our past that will help us achieve that goal. Which is our heavenly home.

We have to realize our past is our past. Many things we reflect on need to be left in the past. Jesus came to free us from the captivity of sin/the past.

Jesus said in LUKE 4:18: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor, He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Galatians 5:1

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.”

We need to be surrendering those feelings to the Lord. When we truly let go of those thing we have the opportunity to lead the kind of life God wants us to lead.

The Bible tells us if we truly give those over to the Lord than we are free of those thing.  John 8:36 “So if the Son set you free, you will be free Indeed.”

Lesson #2: Look expectantly towards the future. 

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no revelation (vision) the people cast off restraint(perish).”

We as a people need to have a vision for the Lord. Our vision’s purpose needs to be building the Kingdom of God in 2018.

We are called to be faithful to the mission of building His church. We cannot allow satan to let us look at the world through defeated eyes and say there’s to much wrong.

God has chosen us you and I to be apart of building His Kingdom. Right here/Right Now.

There’s a place Between our past/future. Its a place that we forget about all to often. It’s called  “the Here and Now”  Are you living your life in the Here/Now for His Kingdom?

Live for Him...Look expectantly to how God will work in 2018.

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