Thoughts for the New Year

By the Will, Purpose, Grace and Love of God we close another year. In the upcoming New Year I pray our walk with the Lord is closer, that we know Him better, trust Him more, walk in the truth and light of His word and be fervent witnesses of the gospel as seed planters and ambassadors of Jesus Christ, doing all things in through and by His love for each other and lost souls.  Minister Alvin McAfee
I couldn’t say it better than the words to a song written by Bob Bailey, title is Ebenezer.
 As we have closed out 2019, we look back on a year that every emotion a human being can experience.
The words of this song express those times.
Nobody said that the road would be easy
Nobody said that there’d be no strife
But we’ve got a promise that we can hold on to
‘Cause when it’s all over we’ll see Christ
So on through the struggle we’ll march to victory
Reminded of those who’ve gone before
And not just for their sake but be cause of the promise
We’ll press toward the mark of the high calling
Lord we’ve reached our Ebenezer
It’s taken us miles and years
And we’ve cried many years
But Lord we’ve reached our Ebenezer
Look how much You’ve taught us
Look how far You’ve brought us
But look how far we have to go
The race isn’t given to the strong or the mighty
But he that endures unto the end
So we’ll join the battle and we’ll keep on fighting
‘Cause when it’s over we’ll see Christ
We’ll offer assistance to those who have fallen
And make them to know that their not alone
And not just for their sake but because of God’s promise
We’ll press toward the mark of the high calling
See that silver that silver lining
Oh, how the sun is shining
But it hasn’t been easy
Many times we’ve failed to please You Lord
Look how much You’ve taught ud
Look how far you’ve brought us
But look how far we have to go
In Christ We Can!
Reverend Leon Robinson
Greetings Beloved,
Are your hopes filled with great expectations for this new year as well as for this new decade? Hopefully, your expectations include a greater intimacy with the Lord. Know that God’s expectations for us exceed anything we can imagine or dream. The Holy Spirit put in my heart that this is the year and decade to focus intently on Jesus and realize spiritual growth in greater ways. Think on this . . . having 20/20 spiritual vision in 2020 enables us to clearly see the Lord’s expectations for us and what he calls us to do. Spiritual focus requires a deliberate act of the heart and the mind. So, let’s focus on a higher level of praise and worship to the Lord; a higher level of dependence on Him; and a higher level of obedience to Him. Whatever area(s) in your life needing growth, ask God to give you wisdom and knowledge so you will flourish. May this year and decade bring prolific spiritual growth that exceeds all expectations!
This following passage of Scripture is a prayer by the Apostle Paul for the Ephesian Church, which also benefits us: “That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength (Eph. 1:15-19 MSG)! God wants us to live abundantly in His kingdom.
Why live spiritually impoverished when God has provided spiritual riches? When the wealth of God’s investment in us is clearly understood, our hearts, the core of our existence, becomes wonderfully illuminated. Rely on the Holy Spirit who floods our hearts with light so we can see the things of God, understand them, and prosper from them. Our inheritance in Christ lets us know that we do not have to live as spiritual paupers but as partakers of a glorious life! How incredible is that! “Fixing/focusing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” (Heb. 12:2 NIV) not only gives us 20/20 vision but corrects blurred and skewed understanding. Let’s stay in a state of expectancy and birth spiritual growth in 2020 and throughout this decade – it will be evident to all.
Pastor Barbara Hughes