May I wish you a Happy New Year! Today, I want to encourage you to start the new year off right by getting to know God for yourself.
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A traveler was walking along the road. He had a swing blade upon his shoulder and an hourglass in his hand. He walked with measured, exact footsteps. His eyes looked straight in front, and they never moved either to the right or left, but gazed on what was beyond. I said to him,
“What is your name?”
“My name is Time.”
“Where are you going?”
“I am going to eternity.”
“What is the number of your years?”
He showed me an open book, and on the page just turned over was written the date of the year just begun.
Where he went I followed, but even as I went I felt I could not tell how long I should follow. I saw one person after another stop in the road, and lie down to rise no more. They were left behind, for Time paused not; his course was unstopped.
Yes, my friend, you are walking with Time on the road of life in a new year begun. But you may not go far; you may pass the buds of Spring, but never see the flowers of Summer. Or, you may watch the leaves fall from the Autumn trees, and lie beneath them in the Winter. But whether your days on earth are to be few or many, are you ready for eternity?
You may have begun this year with gray hair and other signs of old age, or you may be facing the future with youthful buoyancy. But whether you are old or young, God would have you number your days, and apply your heart to wisdom. Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
To begin the year with God is more important than anything else in this world. The Bible says in Isaiah 55:6-7: “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon”.
The dawning of a new year serves to remind us that we are all marching through time, heading for eternity. Awaiting each traveler is either a glad and glorious heaven in the presence of God, or a sad and sorrowful hell, banished from God. The eternal Son of God entered into time as the man Christ Jesus to make a way for sinful man to approach God and enter into life eternal. His death, burial and resurrection have fully accomplished this objective so that Jesus now proclaims in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me”.
To personally “seek the Lord” is to realize that Christ died for your sins, and to trust His shed blood as the full and powerful payment needed to wash your sins away. 1 John 1:7 says, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin”. On the basis of Christ’s atoning sacrifice, God abundantly pardons the repentant sinner and makes him a child of God forever. 1 Peter 3:18 stated, “Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God”.
But you must seek Him now, “while He may be found,” while there is still time, before you pass into eternity. In view of the uncertainty of life, how important it is to “Prepare to meet thy God”, through faith in Christ as your personal Saviour! This alone will enable you to experience a truly “Happy New Year”–and look forward to a glorious eternity with absolute certainty.
If you will accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, please pray this prayer with all of your heart:
Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!
Allow me to leave something with you here at the beginning of this new year. It is something that I tell people at the beginning of a new year, and I put it in my book as well titled “How to Forget the Troubles, Problems, and Failures of the Past and Make the New Year the Best Year of Your Life”.
And that is “There is no new year for you, if there is no new you for the new year.”
Now that you have just trusted Christ as Saviour, this will indeed be a new year for you. And by the way, my daughter, Daniella Whyte and I collaborated on a New Years song titled “Let All Past Troubles Be Forgot” sung to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. You may go to youtube.com and type in the title to view the videos. We pray that it will be a blessing to you.
Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of sixteen books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, and the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com.
Song: “My Savior My God”
Album: “Anything Worth Saying”
Artist: Aaron Shust