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Why Be Discouraged? It's a New
Read Galatians 5:1-26
If you know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. John 13:17
In all the joy and wonder of the anticipation of Christmas, people often live on the emotions of the season, without proper focus on the "reason for the season," which is the birth of Jesus Christ. Because if this, many Christians grow discouraged after the Christmas holiday, and these negative feelings often pour over into the New Year.
The New Year is a fantastic time for revival and renewal. For those who do not believe in New Year's resolutions, perhaps it is because they lack faith in keeping them, or know outright they will not adhere to their promises for the New Year. In any case, the New Year can bring new promise, new hope, and new commitment!
So, why drag feelings of discouragement and dismay into a brand-new year that contains so much glorious anticipation? In the throes of all the "stuff" life can bring forth in a family, you have a great opportunity ahead of you.
Reread our theme verse and text for today with attention. Now-it is rather easy to see the pattern. Hohn 13:17 teaches that willing obedience to the Lord is a key of being happy. Galatians 5:22-23 shows the results of fixing our mind and actions on the Lord. It brings us to exhibit JOY instead of discouragement.
This New Year is a great opportunity to resolve to exercise: exercising your attitudes and actions in willingly obeying the Lord and following Him will make you stronger, happier, and more stable in this brand New Year.
Do not let the devil tempt you into soaking and souring in discouragement: get with the Lord and get going for him with vim and vigor in His power and strength!
David Hansen, Pastor
Immanuel Baptist Church
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