As we stand at the threshold of 2018, the new civil year rolls out before us pristine, untouched, as yet, by the complexities of life. It will bring many experiences; joy, blessing, grief, loneliness, happiness, illness, healing, new life and so much more. We frequently face the unknown dimension of the future with scarcely an acknowledgement, for life is filled with hopes, plans, responsibilities and busyness. Currently, our news programmes are inviting us to ‘look back’ at 2017, reflecting on its highs and lows, its changes and events, its progress and its problems.
So, how was your year? Do you want to celebrate it? Or draw a curtain over it? How was your Spiritual life and walk? Most importantly, we should celebrate and enjoy our blessings, grieve over our losses, learn from our mistakes, and ensure that our connection with Yahshua is alive and well. We should not be ashamed. Looking forwards in his own, uncertain future, the apostle Paul wrote, “…it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed…” [Philippians 1:20, English Standard Version]
What makes you feel ashamed? Most frequently it is things from the past that rise up to haunt us. They are forgiven! Yahweh chooses not to remember what He has forgiven; He can help us to lay it down, we have only to ask – and keep on asking until the heart and mind tune into the reality: forgiven!
Sometimes we feel ashamed because we have ‘failed’ Yahweh in some way. Did He say so? Learn from mistakes and failures, draw from His inexhaustible well of forgiveness and healing, and move forward in peace. Good parents don’t punish their children if they ‘mess up’ when they’re trying to please us!
We are looking towards an amazing future when, the work of Yahshua complete in us, we shall not only see Him, but be like Him [1 John 3:2]. A.W. Tozer describes this as being a “…state of perpetual bliss which to taste for even one moment will banish forever…every memory of grief or suffering here below.” Let’s stay focused, hold fast to Yahweh’s goodness, and cling passionately to our beloved Yahshua!
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