Happy New Year greetings to you! May the year ahead be one of new beginnings and positive changes but most importantly, abundant blessings in the days to come. With its upcoming adventures and possible challenges, I sensed the Lord speaking this encouragement to my heart for this year. I share it here in the hope that it encourages you too and gives strength for the journey ahead.
I felt God saying that the transition from the old year to the new year is a step from one level of faith to another, as the scripture says in Romans 1:17:
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
We discover more about God as we grow from one level of relying on Him to the next level of trust – from faith to faith. The situations we faced in the past year required faith to deal with, and as we cross over into a brand new year, I believe He is giving bigger faith for a brighter future. If we consider the goals, work and projects we have planned for the year ahead, this is an invitation to trust God to do even greater new things. He works in you and through you to accomplish those plans. We are made right before God by faith, not by works, but we live out our faith however, by the action steps we take.
The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger. Job 17:9
Faith is like a muscle that strengthens as it gets used, so we grow stronger in courage and become healthier as we put our faith into action. Every godly step or decision results in more life so use your personal power to do what’s right, making wholesome life choices as you go through the year. The eventual outcome is illumination in every sense, including happiness and joy:
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11
God promises to brighten the pathway as you keep taking steps of faith in the direction He has called you to go. The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day (Proverbs 4:18). He strengthens us as we live with the confidence that He is good and can be trusted. May you grow in courage and strength with each step this year!