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3 Things God Is Promising Us This Year

January 17, 2015 by

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“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? 

To read Part 2 of this post, click here: Giving Generously In The New Year.

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*All quotes are Louie Giglio and all Bible references are from the New King James Version.

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29 Responses to 3 Things God Is Promising Us This Year

    • Heather

      I’m so sorry to hear that you had a difficult week, Diane. I’ll be praying for you. Praise God that you were blessed by this. Keep the faith!

  1. Caleb

    I’ve never seen Louie Giglio’s New Year but I have seen a few other things he’s done and they have blessed me. Thanks for sharing these promises, they’re things we can always go back to no matter what time of the year it is.

    • Heather

      I think he’s a wonderful teacher. His sermons always bless us as well. Thanks for reading, Caleb, and for taking the time to share your thoughts. Your family remains in our prayers, and we hope that you all are well.

    • Heather

      You’ll love his teaching, I’m sure! His focus is college-age students, but he speaks in a way that reaches all ages. He is such an inspiration. Thanks for hosting, Jennifer!

  2. Jaime Buckley

    Thank you Heather! I wanted to stop by before starting scriptures with the children (we’re reading Acts) and this jumped out at me:

    God is working in ALL things. (Romans 8:28)

    Got all choked up, because my prayers this morning were wanting to do God’s will in my life and my efforts to accomplish His work, which (to me) is to uplift my fellow parents. I feel so…silly at times.

    Who am I to think I can influence others. Who am I to think I can write fictional stories to impact people who would never pick up a Bible or talk about God?

    I’m just….me, right?

    That’s when I remember I’m not just me. I’m a servant, who knows his Master and I’m grateful for being permitted to participate in the precious lives of those around me in whatever capacity they may allow.

    When i read this post I realized this isn’t about stats or money, or blogging or conversations….it’s about heart.

    …and I have a LOT of that to give,
    Today is a good day.

    Thank you for sharing Heather.
    You are awesome!

    Jaime Buckley

    • Heather

      What a wonderful God we serve! It is all about the heart, isn’t it? It’s about His heart towards us and our hearts towards Him and others. May we all allow Him to mold our hearts into exactly what it is He desires us to be. Imagine… we are invited to participate in the plan of the Creator of the Universe. It’s simply too much for mind to comprehend at times. Thanks for reading, Jaime, and for the encouragement. To God, alone, be the glory. Always. Blessings to you and your precious family.

  3. Growing In His Grace

    I have never heard of Louie Giglio’s New Year either. But I’m thinking it could make for some date-night possibilities…
    Love that you are looking with hope into the New Year. Many people talk about it, but it’s refreshing to hear that someone is actually doing it. There are so many promises the Lord promises us that we don’t claim.
    Blessings,

  4. Lisa notes...

    I love listening to Louie Giglio. My college daughter went to Passion in Atlanta again this year and we listened online as she listened live to Louie’s lesson one night. So good!

    This is awesome to be reminded of. Such a miracle I never want to take for granted: “God is for us in this New Year.”

    • Heather

      We think he is wonderful, too, Lisa. How special that your daughter was able to attend live. Yes, let us never take His truths for granted! Blessings to you and yours.

  5. Jennifer 'Miner' Ferguson

    I love this quote here: “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!” Because so often we come up with big plans on our own and then when we fail, we let defeat get the best of us. Yes, let us remember the grace that covers us!!

    • Heather

      That’s so true, Jennifer! Thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to share some encouraging words with us. Blessings to you and yours!

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