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“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).
The year 2019 can be your best year ever. Several things make this a real possibility. One, you have the best story and news to share. Jesus has made a discernable difference in your life. You can tell how this began the day you gave your guilt and sin to Him. His gospel is still mighty to save. The blood has never lost its power. In 2019, you and I can share our story and His gospel.
Two, you have the best promises. All the promises of God are “Yes” and “Amen” in Jesus Christ (2 Cor 1:19—20). Some feel excluded from Old Testament promises to the righteous and reason “I am not righteous. I cannot have that.” On the contrary, if you are in Christ, you get the promise. All the promises are “Yes” and “Amen” in Jesus Christ, not your performance or behavior. God will not withhold any good thing from those who are in Christ (Psalm 84:10-11). In 2019, you and I can collect on God’s promises.
Three, we have the Holy Spirit’s ministry. He teaches spiritual thoughts with spiritual words (1 Cor 2:13). He produces (Gal 5:22—23). He convicts the world of its need for Christ (John 16:11). He gives us victory over errant desires (Gal 5:17). He improves our prayers (Rom 8:26—27). He creates a clean heart (Psa 51:10—13). He empowers our witness (Acts 1:8). With the Holy Spirit, there is no loss, only gain. In 2019, you and I can experience the power of the Holy Spirit.
Finally, God maintains a blazing desire to accelerate the pace of Christ’s kingdom and to include us in it. Gathering more and more under the Lordship of Christ is His good pleasure. He longs to include us in making this happen locally and around the world. In 2019, you and I can build Christ’s kingdom.
I’m ready for a great 2019 in the Lord, and I think you are, too.
I Stand Amazed,