Looking Back…Looking Forward in the New Year

As we begin another new year, it affords us the chance to reflect back on 2012 and give thanks to God for all He did.  Most likely, the past year presented new challenges and circumstances unlike anything you’ve ever faced before. This time last year, Steph and I had no idea we would be moving to New York state. God was preparing us for a change, but we had no idea when it came to the details. Truly, we can bring a sacrifice of thanksgiving (Psalm 50:14) to our great God and King for what He has done this past year. Don’t miss the opportunity to praise and thank God for His faithfulness.

Along with reflecting back on the goodness of God, a new year also gives us the chance to look forward with great anticipation. What will God do this year? What miracles will He perform in our lives? Obviously, we won’t know the answer to that question until this time next year, but we do know that we must step out in faith. If we are going to expect great things of God, then we must put our lives in His hands and live by faith. Don’t be afraid to ask God to do what seems impossible, but be sure to give God the glory when He does move mountains to make the impossible….possible. Perhaps our prayer for 2013 should that we might live in the realm of “faith” and not “unbelief.” Faith is all about what God can do when we trust Him; unbelief is all about what we can do in our own strength and with our own resources. Which realm do you want to live in this coming year?

“And Abram believed the Lord, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Genesis 15:6

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