Hey everyone! New year, new me! Just kidding. (I know how you all hate when people say that.) We like the start of a new year. I think we like the start of anything, but the new year means a new start in our lives. I found my new start when God opened my eyes and heart to Him. By the grace of God, my sins are washed away. This unconditional love drives me to want to be better and follow Him. I was reborn. Born again. This term means that my old life has passed away, and I have a new life through Jesus Christ. He died so I may become alive in Him.
I am currently reading the Book of Jeremiah in the Bible. I would like to share the chapter I read. It is the longest chapter I have read from Jeremiah but it was filled with so much hope, grace, and love from God. I am so excited to talk about them and share them with you all. To make this a little bit shorter, I am only going to talk about parts of the chapter that really spoke to me. So here it goes, for the new year, always remember:
1) Whatever tough situations we go through, grace will always be found and that is all we really need.
"Thus says the LORD: "The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness. (Jeremiah 31:2)
2) God will never leave you no matter what. He is always faithful even when we are not, and He will always love you. Trust in His love and His plan for you always.
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (Jeremiah 31:3)
3) We should always proclaim God’s name, give praise to Jesus, and ask Him to save us. May we have the heart to hurt for the lost. Let us share with the world who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for us.
"proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘O LORD, save your people, the remnant of Israel." (Jeremiah 31:7)
4) As we go through pain and suffering, call on God and He will always provide for our needs. He is our Father and He will take care of us.
"With weeping they shall come, and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back, I will make them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble, for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn." (Jeremiah 31:9)
5) Don’t forget to read the bible. The Word is the lamp for our feet. The bible is there to teach us how we should live in this world. Sin hurts us. Sin might feel temporarily enjoyable but its lasting effects are terrible. There is always a consequence to our sin. Listen to God’s commands because He just cares for us. If you are having problems with controlling your sin, ask God for help and don’t give up. Keep praying and keep asking for help. You might feel like you can’t overcome your sin, but God is bigger than your sin.
"Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as shephered keeps his flock.’ For the LORD has has ransomed Jacob and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him." (Jeremiah 31:10-11)
6) Pray always. God hears everything. We might not feel like anybody cares, but God does. He made you, He loves you. And don’t forget that God is all we need. Only He can satisfy us.
"I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow." (Jeremiah 31:13)
7) Sometimes we might feel like our efforts are wasted, but do not worry. God always sees everything we do. Every tiny good act is seen by God and He will reward you. Your reward could be here on earth and/or it could be in Heaven. Also, always remember that rewards in eternity will always surpass our earthly rewards.
"Thus says the LORD: "Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is reward from your work" (Jeremiah 31:16)
8) Always hope for the future. God will always bring you out of trouble in the end. It might be tomorrow, next month, next year, or so on, just stay strong and seek God first in your current situation.
"There is hope for your future, declares the LORD" (Jeremiah 31:17)
9) Ask God to discipline you and correct you when there is something He does not like. Ask Him to not let you go away from the right path.
"bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the LORD my God." (Jeremiah 31: 18)
10) God may convict you but He also offers forgiveness. Listen to the conviction and ask for mercy.
(For as often as I speak against him, I do remember him still. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 31:20)
11) Seek God first and His righteousness. You will see that He is all we need and only He can satisfy our soul.
"For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish." (Jeremiah 31:24)
12) When God disciplines us, we can rest in knowing that His plans are not to harm you but to teach you something. His plans are to make you a better stronger person.
"And it shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring harm, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, declares the LORD." (Jeremiah 31:28)
13) Remember that when God forgives our sins, He does not keep a record of your sins. He remembers them no more.
"For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." (Jeremiah 31:34)