Here’s to a new year 

It’s New Year’s Day, 2022.  It’s cold outside today and it’s snowing!  Christmas has just passed and now we are ringing in the new year!

I’m looking back to Christmas; the significance of it.  The sense that it never really “felt” like Christmas.  The temperatures were unseasonably warm.  No coats or jackets were needed for going out.  Some were even wearing shorts!  So often we say, “It doesn’t feel like Christmas!” but how does Christmas feel?  How is Christmas supposed to feel?

To me, it feels like family and friends.  It feels like memories of years gone by, perhaps when you were a child and got that special gift.

But Christmas is more about “who” than “what”.

When you think about the “who” that makes Christmas special, it helps you get the right perspective about the season and the reason to rejoice.  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Is God with us once a year on December 25?  Do we pack Jesus up with the Christmas tree, the stockings, the wrapping paper and move him to the garage or attic and leave him there until next year?  The Word tells us, “The Virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” which means “God, with us”.  God is with us always!  He is for mankind.  “Joy to the World, the Lord has come.  Let “Earth” receive her King!”

He came for all of us.  He came for the woman in prison and for the man with no home.  He came for the broken hearted and for the wounded.  He came for the addicted and he came for the poor.

Jesus can change our circumstances.  He re-writes stories and changes destinies.  He wants to be a part of your life.  He knocks patiently at the door of your heart.  Will you invite him in?  Romans 8:1 reminds us that, “there is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.”  He doesn’t expect perfection.  He wants you to come to him just as you are.  We don’t have to clean ourselves up to come to him.  Truthfully, we can’t.  We need his help to do that. 

Lucky for us, he doesn’t leave us as he found us.  To those that are bound, he sets free.  It doesn’t always look the same for every person.  It doesn’t always take the same amount of time.  For some, deliverance comes immediately.  For others, it’s a process.  But one thing is for sure, you will change.  When you accept Christ as Lord and Savior, you will change.  You can’t meet and get to know the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and not be affected. 

You’ll begin to talk differently.  Your habits will begin to change.  As you read the Word, your mind and your thoughts will change.  We are “renewed” by the reading of the Word.  Don’t ever discount the Word just because you don’t understand it.  There are many versions of the Bible.  Find one that you can read and enjoy. 

When I opened my heart to the Lord at age 23, I found that Jesus was the answer to my problems.  Jesus was the answer to my addictions.  He was and He is.  He is the answer to your problems too.

Jesus is knocking.  He is seeking and looking for someone to bless.  He is for you and never against you.  It’s not his nature to be against you.  No matter who you are or what you’ve done, you are never too far for God to reach you. 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Let 2022 be the year of your Salvation!  It will be the best decision that you will ever make. 

All in for Jesus

Susan Nider

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