How about this for a New Years Resolution this year. Make it your aim to grow as close to God as possible this year. The gym membership you just signed up for and your new budget are great; don’t get me wrong, but how about something you can do for free, only takes a few minutes out of your day and can have positive affects on your life and your essential relationships (it’s called digging into the Word of God) with the Word of God in your life you are able to live a wise, directed and missional life with God & others everyday.
Start fresh with God with some resources:
- Bible Gateway has a myriad of daily devotionals categorized to fit your needs if your a busy mom, a hard working dad or a teen looking for something to read that you can actually understand.
- Get involved in your local Christian owned and operated Christian bookstores and search the shelves there. From sermons to daily inspirational readings and audio Bible’s you can really grow by changing the mode of how God speaks to you.
- Get equipped in the local church by staying current, taking notes, and writing in your Bibles passages that the Holy Spirit points out to you during the service. And make that your devotional time with God the next few days after and reflect, refresh and renew the truth taught to you on Sunday’s/Friday’s.
May God richly bless you this year,
Happy New Year from the ministry of Phx Arabic Bible Church! We pray that this year is a year of enormous blessing and spiritual growth for you and your family!
May God richly bless you,
Recommended Reading: Job 1:1–22; Psalm 22:1–5; 1 Peter 1:3–7
When President Ronald Reagan passed away in June of 2004, the news media spent an entire week documenting his surviving family’s grief. Cable and broadcast news programs covered the memorial services, ceremonies and funeral. But one of the biggest news stories of the week had already been reported thousands of times and in thousands of ways over the years—that of Reagan’s loving relationship with his wife, Nancy.
Now imagine that his death had gone completely unnoticed—a mere footnote in the obituary section of the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. What if Nancy Reagan had gone on with her daily activities as though nothing had changed and the media had stayed away? That would have been an unnatural and inappropriate response to the passing of this world-changing individual. The nation of Israel reacted with questions and protest when Ezekiel’s wife died. God instructed the prophet not to mourn—no lamenting, weeping or shedding of tears. Naturally, the people noticed Ezekiel’s lack of public grief. They asked him why he didn’t mourn openly over the loss of someone he had obviously loved so deeply. Just the response God wanted! Ezekiel explained how his situation foreshadowed theirs. Because the Israelites had forsaken God, they would live in exile. Worse, the temple—their symbol of national pride—would be destroyed. Naturally, the nation would want to grieve. But how would the people, as exiles, be able to mourn?
What a tough assignment for Ezekiel—to function as a human object lesson at the time of the loss of his wife, “the delight of [his] eyes” (Ezekiel 24:16). The message to the people was that the pride and joy of their culture, the temple in Jerusalem, was going to be desolated. Those who thought that God would never allow his holy home to be destroyed were sorely mistaken and were about to discover how wrong they were.
Consider for yourself how this passage might speak to your life. In what areas do you feel God’s blessing will be protected? Perhaps you felt led to a certain job or ministry that you feel certain will be around for the foreseeable future. Maybe you’re placing your confidence in the fact that the pastor of your church will be in his position long enough to see your kids get married. Perhaps you’re relying on some possession in your life to remain solid, stable and valuable for years to come. Or maybe your retirement package is your source of security.
The old adage “change is the only constant” is just as true today as it ever was. Are you placing your confidence in something other than the grace and care of God? Plans change and people change; economies flourish and falter, but God is the only true constant.
To Take Away
- Would you generally describe your life right now as good or bad? Considering your answer, how close do you feel to God?
- What lessons do you recall from previous difficult times that remind you to stay close to God?
- How can you ensure that you’ll stay close to God no matter what happens in your life?