Tuesday, 01 January 2019 00:00

January 2019

Message from the Pastor

God is the author of time and space. He created time but is not bound by time. So every 365-or-so days he gives us something special: a brand new time called a New Year. The New Year is given to us to do or redo some very special things, if we choose to or not. God leaves it up to us. God understands “newness” - the Bible says His mercies are new every morning. God often says I am going to do a new thing. He promises to give us newness of life. As human beings we also understand newness: we all like “the new car smell” or the fresh aroma of a pair of new shoes or sneakers. We all like something new from time to time.

That is why we make New Year resolutions. We want the New Year to be different from the past years. Many people will sign up for gym membership, buy new running shoes, try to eat healthy and lose some weight. The objective is to have a healthy lifestyle. New Year resolutions lose their momentum pretty fast though, and that is the reason why many people have stopped making them. So how do we prepare for the New Year? God says, “I am doing a new thing; can you see it?” A New Year itself is a new opportunity for us to focus on what God is doing. It is an opportunity to listen for the move of the Spirit in our hearts.

When we celebrated Christmas we welcomed once again the Christ Child who came to bring peace and goodwill to all of us. On January 6th, we will celebrate Epiphany, the coming of the three wise men or Magi who traveled from a faraway country to worship the Christ Child, a reminder that the wise still worship the Christ Child. It also tells us that we are connected by the same thread even though we may come from a different cultural background.

We also have to thank the Lord for watching over us during the year that has passed. The fact that we are alive is a huge blessing. As the saying goes, “Where there is life there is hope.” This hope is not mere hope or wishful thinking; this hope is based on the promises of God.

In addition, we should continue to ignite our faith by connecting to God in a special way, such as more praying and studying of the Scriptures. As we forge ahead into the New Year we must find a way to connect ourselves to the Lord. As the Scripture says, “Behold, God is about to do a new thing” so we don’t have to focus on the past. God gives us the New Year so we can look forward, not backward. So many things are uncertain. This is because we cannot predict the future, but the one constant in our new year is God. God is our ever-present help in time of trouble. Psalm 121 says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

That is why we need new expectations because God is about to do something new. We should have expectations for provisions, protection, healing, peace, joy, and whatever else we may need. We should also expect some pleasant surprises along the way because God is about to do new things in your life and in my life in 2019. This is what the Lord promises and His promises are true. Amen. I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year. Expect a new thing!

Be blessed in the Lord!

Pastor Kofi

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