“Things work best in our lives when they start with God and then we follow” –Louie Giglio
Every December 31 or January 1, my family and I watch Louie Giglio’s New Year.
We love being reminded each January that while a fresh New Year of opportunities and possibilities lies ahead, it would behoove us to begin from a place where God and His will are paramount in our plans.
Louie reminds us that before committing, resolving, and goal setting, we first need to realize that God is for us in this New Year.
Romans 8:1 reminds us that, “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.“ We need to head into the New Year knowing the truth of this statement.
We need to go into the New Year knowing that we have been covered by His grace and forgiveness as a result of what He has done for us on that precious cross!
Jesus died on that cross so that our sins would be forgiven and we could live for Him. And yet, even death could not hold Him there. As remarkable as the power that raised Him from the dead is, the even more incredible truth is that the same power that raised Him from the dead lives in us!
The Holy Spirit lives in the believer! He is what needs to be the source of our power in the New Year.
We need to remember that we are heirs with Christ. “We may be struggling in this life, but that’s not who we are.”
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” –Romans 8:18
No matter what this year brings, we can cling to this truth.
Like Louie said, “You can’t push the hardship out of Romans 8”. I would add that we can’t push God out of Romans 8 either.
You see, we tend to focus on the here and now, but God wants us to look ahead to the promise that He is doing something that “is so much bigger than right now”.
“Our life isn’t about right now, but it is about eternity.” It is about the eternity that God has planned for us and with us.
“We need to trust that He is working all of the things we struggle with right now for later.”
We need to know that God is praying for us.
“How would our lives be different if in the moment of our brokenness, we remembered that the Holy Spirit is interceding on our behalf?”
It is one thing to know that He is praying for us, but the question is, “What is He praying for us?”
You see, we pray about the things that are important to us. I think knowing how Jesus is praying for us is a very important aspect of helping us to live lives that seek to honor and glorify Him.
1. He is praying His will for us, and His will is that we are conformed to Christ. (Romans 8:29)
We all want to be like Jesus, but admittedly we don’t always want to do what it takes to be like Him. Because the truth is that what Jesus did for us wasn’t easy. How can we expect anything less for our own lives?
2. God is working in ALL things. (Romans 8:28)
Nothing awaits us in this New Year that is going to take God by surprise. There is nothing in the days ahead that He doesn’t already know about. Knowing that He is already there brings me tremendous peace about my unknown future. As they say, I don’t know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future.
3. God is for us!
And if God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
Louie reminds us that “Christ’s cross is the proof” of this because the very next verse says, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
We need to know this for the days ahead.
And not only is He for us, but He loves us.
Louie ends the first part of his talk reminding us that “His love for you is greater than your love for you.” I think the depth of God’s love is more than we can grasp, but I also believe that our lives are profoundly changed when we live as though we fully comprehend the implications of God’s unending love for us.
How can we then, enter this New Year with anything less than incredible hope because of the promises of God towards us?
We just need to remember to let our days start with God while we follow in obedience to His will and plan for our lives knowing that no matter what this New Year brings, we can be in His perfect hands each and every moment of the day.
What do you think? Are you entering the New Year with His promises in mind? With the hope that only He can give?
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