A new year, a new way of thinking. It’s what Jesus called us to do. “Repent,” which means, “Change the way you think.”
33 “Whoever listens to me will dwell secure [in Christ] and will be at ease, without fear of [bodily] harm or dread of disaster.”
As we enter this new year, I am praying that the Lord will speak to me as He did to the people of His days on earth. Three times in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said these words,
21 “You have heard that the ancients were told… 22 But I say to you… Matthew 5:21-22
38 “You have heard that it was said… 39 But I say to you… Matthew 5:38-39
43 “You have heard that it was said… 44 But I say to you… Matthew 5:43-44
What I want to do is put everything I have ever learned about God, about Jesus, about the Bible, church, traditions, music, worship–everything on the altar and ask the Lord Jesus to confirm, adjust, tweak, modify–and even delete–anything and everything and tell me what He wants me to know. I know that sounds a bit extreme, but isn’t that what we need to do each day in order to follow the Lord wholeheartedly? Yesterday has passed; tomorrow is unknowable (for us); today is where we live, moment-by-moment. We must trust in Jesus for everything: Our breath, our lives, our perceptions, and truth, which sometimes runs crossways with our perceptions. We are finite beings and therefore cannot know or see everything that is happening, so we trust in the One who can and does: Jesus.
So, today, I pray this prayer:
Lord Jesus, I trade my life for Your life,
my ways for Your ways,
my thoughts for Your thoughts,
my will for Your will.
May we walk together and fellowship together as I will follow Your lead.
I bring nothing to the table except my willingness to listen and obey.
Thank You for wanting to spend life with me. Amen.