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Last Year and the New Year (1)

Two of our favorite verses for the New Year are Phil. 3:13-14 which state: "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

I have emphasized two words in the verses which are the basis of my thoughts today. They are "forgetting" and "reaching". It will be very difficult to reach forth in the New Year if you cannot forget some things of the past. I believe it would be safe to say that we all have something in the past year that has to be buried in the soil of our heart. I believe God would have us to win over the regrets and failures of the past and move on in life with a solid determination to live the victorious Christian life by God's grace. I would not dare make light of our failures, however, we must win over our failures and regrets or they will win over us and keep us from attempting once again. God's grace and forgiveness would not be needed if we had already apprehended, or arrived at that state of Spiritual perfection which Paul spoke of.

Now, if you are truly saved, you can claim 1 John 1:9 which states, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." You must be saved in order to claim 1 John 1:9. This verse (there are many more) tells us exactly how to forget those things which are behind. What is behind you in this past year? Are you ready to get over them and start again? If you know you are saved for sure, stop right where you are, confess your sins and failures of the past to the Lord and receive immediately a fresh, new start.

The second word I emphasized is "reaching". It means to stretch forth, reach for. It will take effort on our part to accomplish a victorious Christian life. We can reach forth by becoming faithful to Church, Prayer, The Bible, and restoring ourselves to fellowship with God and His people. We can live with less regrets when we apply ourselves to do God's will. When we look back over the year, we find that our failures, without exception, were a result of not doing God's will. Please read Psalm 1:1-6.

If you are ready for a new start, begin with your heart. We at Faith Independent Baptist Church hope you have a great and prosperous New Year! If we can help in any way, please let us know.

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