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January 2, 2019
January 23, 2019, 10:56 AM

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6


It is exciting that God has given us the opportunity to see another year! What things did you get accomplished last year? What things do you want to make sure you get done this year? Do we live with an expectation of Jesus’ return? If we knew for certain that Jesus would return this year, how would our plans for the year change? As we begin a new year, we should consider our steps very carefully and wisely. We need to ask ourselves three very important questions. Do we trust God with all of our heart? Do we really lean on His understanding rather than ours? Do we acknowledge Him in all of our ways and allow Him to direct our path?

This year, more than ever, we find ourselves facing numerous questions concerning the health of our nation, our churches and our homes. We must understand the need to stay in God’s Word, pray without ceasing and live as unto the Lord. Many people, including Christians, do not understand the seriousness of the times in which we live. We are seeing the results of a history of poor decisions and, without God’s guidance, will continue to face detrimental consequences.

There are two traits that are becoming less and less important in our society. These traits reveal so much about us and the nation in which we live. These two traits are wisdom and integrity. There was a time when wisdom and integrity were the essence of the American way. Both of these traits are God-given and are sorely lacking among us today. Over the past several decades, we have seen a constant and consistent decline in both traits. This has had a direct impact on the direction of our country and the church in America.

This year, our plan is to better understand what the Bible says about wisdom and integrity. We will be studying about some of the Bible characters who displayed these traits and how God blessed them and used them to impact others. It is often difficult to live a life of integrity because we are ridiculed for trying to do the right things. However, as God’s children, He expects us to be the salt and light in an otherwise dark world. Our prayer is that we are all diligently seeking God for the wisdom and integrity we need to be examples, to keep us informed and to prepare us for the days ahead. May God’s blessings be yours today and throughout this new year.

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