Living, Standing, Believing God’s Proimses for 2012

Have you ever noticed that life changes but one thing does not? The Word of God and his promises. Year after year people get married, have kids, die, birthdays and anniversaries go and sometimes our feelings change toward one another whether for good or bad. But God’s promises, the character of who God is and his mercy and forgiveness never do change.  I like to think of the whole world as like living in the Matrix (great movie if you haven’t already seen it). We are all connected to a machine, oblivious to the real war going on. The spiritual war that has raged here on Earth for centuries before. Christians, the Church and God’s plan vs Satan and his angels. I think we as Christians, need to start waking up. There’s a harvest out there. There are real people, really hurting, and really looking for hope in these economic times. But not just in hard economic times but with every aspect and level of their life where it’s been Godless at. There is so much uncertainty and disinformation it’s hard to differentiate of what is truth. But God’s truth always remains no matter what stage we are in life. There is spiritual warfare not just in the world that has always been going on but even in churches and even with other Christian brothers and sisters.  The time is now to act and to boldly proclaim God’s promises and what the churches role is now, today, in the age we live in. The needs of the people are real.

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36

            With soldiers, we can’t get wide eye when they drop a bomb shell on us, or tell us their aches, and hurts and their sadness and look in horror. No we are to be Shepherds, and to let them know that as long as their alive there’s still hope. We are there to show them the love of Jesus, provide for their needs and do the 3 tenants that Chaplains are embolden to follow: Honor the Fallen, Care for the Wounded and Nurture the Living. The calling and oath I took for the Chaplaincy, I take extremely seriously. It’s not another ‘job’ or moving up in rank. It’s about representing Jesus Christ, the church, and being his hands, eyes, and ears here on Earth and to stand up for what’s right and true. I wish more Christians would do this. You don’t have to be a Chaplain but what are you doing the work world with your employees or co-workers? Is it a better place because of you? Or are you just wanting to get out because they aren’t like you? I wish we could rely more on God in the upcoming New Year for his promises for our lives. Many Christians are mundane and never read the bible or have a plan. They believe the Devil’s lies more than what God says.  We need to live a life of obedience to God and he will bless us for doing so.  The Christian life is not always easy and taking up our cross daily to follow Jesus never was supposed to be. What’s the cost of following and being an OBEDIENT Christian? Don’t be lied by televangelists that will say being a Christian you will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams materially. No.  That’s the world’s idea of blessing not God’s. Or to do this & that, and you will get something out of it. No. You serve and obey God because he gave it all to us over 2,000 years ago.

Like the prodigal son, true love and obedience is never forced on us, but it’s a choice about the relationship commitment we take. I think as Christians we need to be equipped and armed for 2012. We need to see things the way Christ does and really roll up our sleeves and get to work. It will get gritty and dirty. But then again Jesus came down to clean up the messes here and to do the hard work for us. We are to tell about Him. Here are some verses I want everyone to challenge themselves this year whether you are a new believer or mature, these verses are applicable in our everyday walk with the Lord. 2012 should be a year of spiritual reawakening. To know what our purpose is, and to have the Word of God guide us daily and the power of the Holy Spirit. As Jesus says, “Apart from me, You can do nothing.” Are you living apart from God or out of his will? It’s not too late to come back. God wants to use and bless you, but you have take the 1st step through the door. Here are some good verses and God’s promises that we can all meditate and pray with and most of all challenge ourselves to live up to in 2012:

“But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.” Isaiah 32:8

“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11

“Being confident in this that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” 1 Peter  1: 15-16

“Trust In him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8

“So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.” Acts 24:16

“The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”  1 Timothy 1:5

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be harded by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:9-11

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