TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, December 31, 2019:
HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE
The end of a year; the last day of a calendar year.
Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Today is New Years Eve. We end an old year that for many has been a most difficult year. We have had literally hundreds of e-mails this year from wonderful Christians living both here in the USA and in the far-off corners of our world.
Many have been through persecution. Some have had their homes and their church burned down because of their faith in Jesus. Pastors have been martyred, family members have been killed and Christians have been constantly harassed.
For many 2019 may have been a difficult year filled with problems and even tragedy. Life struggles cause many to doubt God and feel that God does not care about them. For others troubles drive them to seek God and draw closer to Him.
The Bible assures us that God cares about each one of us and He knows about everything that happens to each of us. There is no problem that is to big for God if we are willing to surrender our life to Him. If you have never given your life to Christ, don’t let the year end without doing so.
Have you set your goals for 2020? The most important goal we can make in 2020 is to have a daily relationship with God and His Son Jesus. To have a relationship with Jesus means that we must spend time with Him. We must read God’s Word daily and talk with Him in prayer. Put your total trust in Him. We all need His support as we face the uncertainties and challenges of 2020.
Secondly, you need a goal to set your standards high so that all that you do will honor God. You need to claim the scripture verse we have written above and as God honored Joshua for his faith, He will honor you. Living a God-fearing life guided by God’s standards will bring blessings beyond what we might imagine.
Thirdly, you need to set firm goals as to your relationship with your family, your spouse and your children. Many parents and spouses do not consider this a priority, at least by their actions. We have learned through the years that God must come first in our lives, and then the relationship between the two of us, and then our family. This is what God expects of us. Other “things” in life cannot come before God and family.
And finally set a goal as to how you reach out to the world around you. As believers God requires us to reach out to the world around us through our words and deeds. When you help someone in need your attitude changes and the person you helped also has an attitude change. Helping someone in need gives you an opportunity to share the love of God with someone.
When you do this God will take care of the rest. He will bless you and reward you in a way that you will not believe.
Both of us wish you nothing but GODS BEST for 2020. Have a most HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 11:25.
The generous soul will be made rich. And he who waters will also be watered himself.
Thank You Lord for all Your blessings that You have given me and my family this past year. As I look forward to a new year, keep my priorities focused on You. Help me keep my new commitments to You. Give me a desire to reach out to others and share with them the love of Jesus.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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