A New Year, Right?

A New Year, Right?
C. Hayden 1-15-2021
Well 2020 is over and now we delve into the next promising New Year, 2021. Doesn’t feel a whole lot different does it? We have traveled from one horrible circumstance to another and it appears 2021 is not starting off much better. Let’s recap 2020: Impeachment, Pandemic, Racial division, Protesting with riots, Looting & occupations throughout the summer in multiple cities, State lockdowns, Business shutdowns, Unemployment skyrocketing, A traumatizing election season & outcome, Families separated during Thanksgiving & Christmas due to COVID, Dishonest leaders, and Unbridled wokeness. This list does not even include our own personal struggles and tragedies. Now that we are in 2021, how’s it going so far: Impeachment, Pandemic, Protesting with riots, and…just about the same thing as last year. We pray the Spirit of God reverses these things of course. But we should not be surprised when life appears to go awry.
In John 16:33, Jesus tells His disciples, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” We are warned that difficult times will come. There will be tribulation in this world, and boy can we testify to that with what we have seen in 2020 and the way 2021 has started out. However, Jesus also tells us that if we abide in Him, since He has overcome the world, we are overcomes also in Him. In fact, one of Jesus’ closest friends in the world, the Apostle John says in 1 John 4:3-4, “And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Did your heart grasp the words of John? We are overcomes. And why? Because Christ lives in us and there is no one or thing that is greater than Him. As we enter this New Year, may we remember who we are in the Lord. We are God’s children. And no matter what may be on the horizon of 2021, we are OVERCOMERS. “For Greater is He, who is in us than he (anyone or anything), who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Happy New Year! In Christ!
Be blessed even more!!
Pastor Chris

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