For the believer in Jesus Christ there is the possibility that Jesus’ promise to His disciples will come to pass this year. "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3 NASB). His imminent return for His Church is the next thing on God’s agenda for those who have placed their faith in Christ.  Every generation of Christians since the founding of the Church has anticipated that coming.  The apostles longed for this during their lifetime and every believer is to have the same assurance of His coming.  John, the eldest of the apostles wrote … “And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:3 NASB).  Therefore believers in Christ can aspire to new heights in their spiritual walk, set goals and priorities to insure their availability to learn God’s Word and develop consistency in living within God’s will and realm of power. While there is the prospect of a great New Year, there is the ever present reality of uncertainty, for we are unable to see a whole year at a time.  God graciously marks our year in days, one at a time, so that we may not be fearful, so that we can enjoy His blessings a day at a time.   Jeremiah, the prophet of Israel, penned so beautifully concerning God’s daily provision … “this I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning:  great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul, therefore will I hope in Him” (Lam. 3:21-24 KJV).  Peter wrote … “whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.  He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it” (1 Pet. 3:10-11 NIV).  When we have the correct spiritual perspective, we gladly accept the fact that we are totally dependent on the Heavenly Father and His doing in our lives.  Fear is replaced by faith, in the sure knowledge that whatever comes into my life, has been permitted by the grace of God and He will use it for my spiritual good. What confidence is there in the soul to know that … “I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD…” (Is. 45:2-3 NIV). David, King of Israel wrote of God’s grace sufficiency in every circumstance of life with these words … “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” (Ps. 46:1-3 NIV). Therefore the psalmist rightly concludes … “be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Ps 46 10-11 NIV). Thus, faith latches onto the promises of God and the prospects of His return, with full assurance that the One who holds tomorrow is my Lord and Savior, the Sovereign God, and I need not fear for I rest in Him.  

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