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About-Him.Com Devotional 01-03-2016
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Happy New Year: I'm told that the word "Happy" is derived from the word, "happen'" as in what's happening now? 1,000,000  people stood in Times Square in New York City for the opportunity to count down as the ball dropped to signal in the new year. I assume that if they were like the 300,000,000 who partied the old year out in Las Vegas, many were well fortified by alcohol. Their happiness ended with a hangover the next morning. 

 I was happy to see Michigan stomp Florida in the Citrus Bowl, but in a few days I'll forget the score and the winner. And of course I would have been very unhappy if the results had been reversed. 

Looking at world conditions, there is nothing to be happy about, except what is happening  now was predicted nearly 2000 years ago by the Lord Jesus (Mt. 24) and the apostles Paul (2 Ti. 3:1-5) and Peter (2 Pe. 3:1-7). We can be very happy when we recall that Jesus said that when we see His predictions come to pass, we should look up because our redemption is closer than ever before (Lu. 21:28). 

Looking at world conditions, there is nothing to be happy about, except what is happening  now was predicted nearly 2000 years ago by the Lord Jesus (Mt. 24) and the apostles Paul (2 Ti. 3:1-5) and Peter (2 Pe. 3:1-7). We can be very happy when we recall that Jesus said that when we see His predictions come to pass, we should look up because our redemption is closer than ever before (Lu. 21:28). 

God's View of Happiness: 

1 Peter 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ,happy[are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 

James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. 

Proverbs 28:14 ¶ Happy[is] the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. 

Proverbs 3:13 ¶ Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding.
 


An Old Message For a New Year
Repeated from 01-05-2005   

Philippians 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
  

Happy New Year! One thing is obvious to me. Another year has passed and we are another year closer to eternity. Like  the apostle Paul, I haven't yet "apprehended;" i.e. I haven't gotten a hold of that which has gotten a hold of me. I am still here in this body of carnality, but I am still in the race. I have One who has run the race before me and plotted out the way. If I look to Him, I cannot fail.     

Of course this is the traditional time for resolutions. Hopefully we examine ourselves (1 Co. 11:28; 2 Cor. 13:5; Ga. 6:4) on a daily basis, rather that as an empty annual ritual.   

Paul said that he would forget those things which had passed and look to the future. I will forget passed failure as I lay aside the weights and sins that beset me. The blood of Jesus still avails to cover my sin (1 Jo. 1:7). God looks at me through the blood of Jesus and finds me perfect and complete in Him (Co. 2:10). I am seated in heavenly places with Him (Ep. 2:6). Knowing myself, that is  hard to comprehend, but that is a fact. I remember an old brother who has since passed on: He would often say, "Watch yourself, you know how you are."  Humorous, but pretty good advice, none the less.   

I will also forget passed blessings and achievements. While very appreciative, I can't live on yesterday's manna (Ex. 16:20). I need fresh oil from the throne of God, today (Ps. 92:10).   

I will forget passed hurts and snubs from friends: Dwelling on perceived or real hurts and slights does nothing but sap my strength and my joy. I will do my best to amend any bad situation, but having failed that, I still have a race to run. I will quit wasting energy on things that I can't do anything about and concentrate on the One who holds all power of heaven and earth and Who upholds all things by the word of His power (Mt. 28:19; He. 1:3). I will press towards the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Php. 3:14).   

I will continue to look for the coming of Jesus. This is my "blessed hope" (Ti. 2:13). I have treasure laid up in heaven (Mt. 6:19) that I can't begin to comprehend (Is. 64:4; Co. 1:5; Heb. 11:16). I desire to be found blameless in Him when that day occurs (2 Pe. 3:14), knowing that I will be rewarded according to my works (Mt. 16:27).   

While I am waiting for eternity, I have a job to do in the here and now. I must walk in a Godly manner before the people of the world (Co. 4:5; 1 Th. 4:12;  Ja. 3:13).   

God has given me a few short days to walk on this earth and I must not waste them. I must redeem the time (Co. 4:5) as I labor for His kingdom.   

Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  

God bless each and everyone in this coming year. May we all be pressing forward together, towards that high calling of God in Christ Jesus.       

Song: My God, My King and My Redeemer

Somebody Has Said 
The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on his tiptoes.


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