Jesus said, ‘In the world, you have troubles. But be brave! I have conquered the world!’ Isn’t it wonderful that we now live in the Kingdom of God and need not be afraid anymore?
I see there being two types of troubles. The first are troubles that are not of our doing and where Jesus encourages us to be brave. Troubles such as accidents…. loss of a job…. death of a loved one. I pray for each one who is facing such troubles, that God might comfort and sustain you during this time.
How wonderful that He created each of us in His image and likeness and he knows us better than we know ourselves.
The second types of troubles are those we bring on ourselves: Illness, for example, due to eating de-natured food… tiredness and depression, due to overwork and anxiety…. debt, due to overspending. I pray, as we go into this new year that we might purpose to change those habits that keep us from achieving our best for God.
Praise God that as we behold him, as in a mirror, we are being changed into his very image, from one degree of glory to the next.
There are surely challenges ahead, but we do not go on our own. We are one body; if one part of the body is sick, the rest of the body suffers.
I believe we can look forward to this coming year with joy and optimism, for our Jesus has conquered the world and he is building a people of power. So let us put oil in our lamps, lest we should be caught unawares. May we never stop praising our God for coming to this earth, for suffering so terribly for us, and for giving us eternal life.
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, what God has prepared for those who love him.
I finish with the final sentences of the book of Revelation:
The one who is testifying these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon!’ Amen! Come Lord Jesus!
May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all!