WHAT A WAY to end a year: the end of the week and the month.
The children of Israel had just ended a difficult phase of their lives—and they looked forward to a new beginning.
God had liberated them from Pharaoh after four hundred years of slavery. So they could breathe a sigh of relief.
In their gratitude, Moses warned them never to forget.
"Always remember this day. It was the day you came from Egypt from a house of slavery. God brought you out of here with a mighty hand. So don't eat any raised bread." (Exod. 13:3)
That day was different—and Moses wanted them to be thankful.
HE wanted them to know that God had a purpose for their lives and a destination in mind.
So as they continued their journey, he said to them: "Remember today and never forget that the Lord is God in heaven above and here on earth. There is no other god." (Deut. 4:39)
They were not ordinary people but the people of God—and he wanted them to know.
If you believe in Christ, you are a child of God. He wants you to remember, so you would keep sight of where you are going.
God is mindful of you. (Psalm 8:4)
GOD had set a plan in motion. So that through his relationship with them, he would reach other nations.
Faithfulness to God makes your gratitude genuine
SOMEONE said: A person who truly values you will never put themselves in a position to lose you.
From the beginning of creation, God positioned Himself to ensure he kept us. However, he knew humanity would miss the mark one day, so he prepared his Son.
Jesus Christ is the Lamb that was slain from the earth's foundation. (Rev. 13:8)
WHAT would it be today if I asked you what you are most thankful for?
A new house, a new job, your family, a financial miracle, a new business venture, sustenance, protection and divine healing are all great things.
But if you said the salvation of your soul, that would be awesome.
Now that you know that your salvation determines your story, what is your story?
You must always be thankful if you are a believer—and your faithfulness to God makes your gratitude genuine.
HOWEVER, if you do not have a relationship with Him, your gratitude to Him will be insufficient until his death and resurrection become your story.
How can this be?
Confess your sins to Him, ask Him to forgive you and be your Lord and Saviour.
Romans 10:9 says: "So if you believe deep in your heart that God raised Jesus from the pit of death and if you voice your allegiance by confessing the truth that "Jesus is Lord," then you will be saved!
If you have done this, you are a believer in Christ.
Have a happy and prosperous New Year!