Looking Forward

31 Dec

Now that this year is drawing to a close, one tends to look back at what took place in these last twelve months. But while you are thinking back of all of the good things that have happened and the blessing that the Lord has given you, do not neglect the trials, challenges and failures that you’ve experienced. The Lord gives and takes away.  We must be willing to look back to see where we tried to take over what His plan was, where we tried to handle our situations by ourselves instead of giving them over to the King, where we thought that we knew our timing better than God. He teaches us through these moments. Earthly failures, when we tried to go it alone, can be great victories for the Lord because we learn that He is the only one who can get us through this life. When we learn to first go to Him with our worries and cares we glorify and worship Him. It is much easier said than done but part of humbling ourselves before the cross is admitting to the Lord when we were proud, selfish, and disobedient. He will never leave or forsake us, even when we make mistakes, it’s how He grows us. To look forward, we must look back, so while you look back ask yourself these questions:

  1. When you were faced with trials, did you turn firstly to the Lord and His word?
  2. When you did make mistakes did you repent and make a solid effort to change and remove that sin in your life?
  3. How did God bless you this year? How did you bless Him?

Now that you have meditated a bit on this past year, look forward to this upcoming year. I challenge myself, and any of you, to make a difference for His kingdom.

  1. Study His word, but not out of obligation, but with a child like enthusiasm. Be hungry for His word and He will bless you through it.
  2. Serve Him and others. Get out of your comfort zone! Jesus was beaten, tormented, and crucified to give us new life, the least we can do is spread His love by talking to a few people about His redeeming grace.
  3. Tithe! It is a huge blessing to help a ministry whose will is to spread His fame! The Lord knows our financial situations and will always provide enough for us to give. All belongs to Him and all is a gift from Him!

He has a will for each of our lives. Ask Him what yours is specifically, but in the meantime know that we are here first and foremost to worship Him in all that we do. Never lose sight of our purpose! This year, strive to worship Him fully, love Him with everything, and disappear into His glory!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

 

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2 Responses to “Looking Forward”

  1. Danae December 31, 2010 at 9:19 PM #

    Tiffany, this is so well written!! I was blessed just by reading it, and i am so excited to see what this new year has in store. I know I have and will continue to be blessed by this blog of yours!! 🙂

    • Tiffany Orr December 31, 2010 at 10:35 PM #

      You are so encouraging! We are going to hang out soon! If God puts anything on your heart that you would like me to pray about putting on here, just let me know….it’s a tool for everyone!

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