It was at Christmas that God fulfilled His promise that in the fullness of time He would send His Son to be the Saviour of the world. That night, when all were asleep except the shepherds, God lived up to His pledge in Genesis that a child born of a woman would result in the final coup de grace and crush the head of the serpent.
We absolutely know from this that in Christ all God’s promises have been fulfilled with a resounding ‘Yes!’ Through Jesus we have become partakers of His divine nature and have been given exceeding great and precious promises. (1 Peter 1:4). In John 10:10, He says, “I have come so that you may have life in abundance”.
It is through our union with Him that we can be fruit-bearers; we can express His love by His Spirit; and we are those that are able to bless and touch a hurting humanity.
Entering a new year gives us new opportunities, and possibilities, to get active, to become more involved. This will allow our cups to overflow as we see more of God’s promises come to fulfilment. The Holy Spirit reminds us in Hebrews 10: “Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you, then you will receive all he has promised in just a little while the coming One will come and not delay”.
Through Jesus we have become partakers of His divine nature and have been given exceeding great and precious promises. (1 Peter 1:4). In John 10:10, He says, “I have come so that you may have life in abundance”.
As we see the end of 2017, we can give thanks and be full of praise for what the Lord has done. We find it natural to praise Him for the good times, but the truth is, God does not change, and we have inevitably got closer to Him through the tough times. Paul assures us in Acts 14:22, “We must go through many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God”.
The way to see more of the new is to bring your life more fully into agreement with His will. God wants you to know Him and enjoy Him, that is why He called you.
The writer to the Hebrews encourages us to draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another to stir up love and good works.
Have a blessed Christmas and a fulfilled 2018!