We have started off 2014 teachings talking about gratitude for seeing this new year, prophesying into our year ahead and then looking a little bit deeper into what new beginnings represent. They represent an opportunity to do things better. New beginnings are second chances to align ourselves in the path that God has for us to fulfill our destinies. Wherever we might have veered off track, new beginnings allow us the opportunity to come back on track. No matter how well we think we are doing on our walk with Jesus Christ, the Bible reminds us that we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Is 64:6a). This means that there is always room for improvement.
In this year, may we all grow in Christ. May we become better Christians, better spouses, better parents, better employees, better employers, better bosses, better workers in the vineyard of our Savior, better leaders and better friends. May we totally submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit to work a better work in us.
When we looked at the stories of Naomi and king Hezekiah, we could see that Naomi, although broken and hurt, never changed her attitude towards her daughter-in-law. She remained a loving mother to Ruth and because of that, she could sing a new song after her new beginning. Some of our attitudes of 2013 caused us sorrow. May we have the wisdom to recognize it and change in 2014. King Hezekiah cried unto God after being delivered a death sentence. When he received another 15 years of life, he did not go about testifying. Instead, he went about showing off his wealth. May we never forget the reason for which God spares our lives every day. He spares it for us to be used for His glory and His alone. Allow your life to glorify God by allowing His will to be done.
Homework: Pray and say: ‘Father, please give me the wisdom, humility and grace to allow your will to be done in my life’.