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Making the Most of New Year’s – Sunday Morning Journey 1.1.12

In many ways, there aren’t any real differences between December 31st and January 1st.  The sun will still rise and set on its usual schedule.  But the cultural implications of this transition are huge.  We reflect on the previous year – from accomplishments to failures, people we’ve lost and new additions to families, good times and bad.  We hang out with friends, go to parties, make resolutions, and plan for the new year.  Or some people go to bed at 9 pm.  No matter what your new year’s traditions are, as followers of Christ, we can look at this time as an opportunity for reflection, expectation, and growth.

That is what we talked about last Sunday morning at Journey.  We went over a great devotional from Oswald Chamber’s, “My Utmost for His Highest”: Some of the questions we asked were:

“How can our past be a ministry of spiritual growth to us?” and “How can we avoid going into the next year carelessly?”

We read some scripture:

Hebrews 10:1-7; 15-22 – As we reflect on the previous year, we can’t let our mistakes plague our present and future.  Christ died once and for all so that we can be cleansed of sin.  Our past should act as a ministry to us – that we would learn and grow from it – rather than be burdened by it.  And we also shouldn’t just try to avoid sin in 2012, but seek to do the will of the One who sent us (v. 7).

Isaiah 52:1-12 – This is one of Isaiah’s prophecies regarding Israel returning from exile.  They weren’t coming back to their land by random chance.  God let them be taken into exile and orchestrated their return.  He had a purpose and a plan for them.  He will go before them and prepare the way; He will be behind them and guard them.  So it is with us as we reflect on the previous year and move forward into 2012.  Let’s remember who has sustained us and provided for us so that we could make it this far and be intentional about living for Him in the coming year.

God doesn’t want us to carelessly go into the next year, but wants us to be intentional about our steps – that we’d be obedient to him.  We closed with a video clip of a real life example of people living in obedience to God:
NEW ZEALAND {Our Extended Story} Webisode 5: Looking Back


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