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New Year Message (2020)
Eph. 2:10, 5:8
Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of
light:

Introduction

New Year is just around the corner and everyone is excited. New year to most people is a new
beginning. They want a fresh start, looking forward for better things, if possible, in all walks of life.
New year’s resolution is a very popular talk. I like people wanting to change for the better. My
workplace motto is “continuous improvement” and though improvements are a bit slow, something
is happening and indeed the company is improving. For most people, New Year’s resolution is the
start of getting better, for some it’s just a quick fix which would not last long and ends in failure and
disappointment. Why? Because they never include The Lord Jesus Christ in their plan. Today I would
give some suggestions so we can end up victorious this year.

Illustration 1 : Prayer for a New Year
Lord, I confess before You that:
I have had longings and nudges from You which I did not translate into action.
I have made decisions without consulting You, then have blamed You when things went wrong.
I have said that I trusted You, yet have not turned my affairs over to You.
I have been greedy for present delights and pleasures, unwilling to wait for those joys which time
and discipline alone can give.
I have often sought the easy way and have consistently drawn back from the road that is hard.
I have been fond of giving myself to dreams of which I am going to do some time, yet have been so
slow in getting started to do them.
Forgive me for all the intentions that were born and somehow never lived.
And now I claim Your promise to change me. Do for me what I cannot do for myself. Lead me into a
new tomorrow with a new spirit. Cleanse my heart; create within me new attitudes and new ideas,
as only You can. Amen.

I. Walk closer to the Lord.
A. Walk in the Scriptures often denotes how we live, how we act. How you conduct
yourself. There are many ways on how to “walk” in the Bible but I honestly think
that the Lord really wants us to walk closer to Him as children of light (Eph. 5:8)
1. To walk closer to the Lord means to have fellowship with Him. We are aware of
His divine presence and we are in spiritual communion with Him (Amos 3:3). Just
like lovers who hold each other’s hands, intimacy, agreement, and care is there.
2. Walking closer means talking to him regularly through prayers (Ps. 55:17, 1
Thess. 5:17) and to listen to His words through Bible reading (Prov. 8:33, Rom.
10:17). Let’s not do all the talking but learn how to listen.
3. Walking closer with God means to live a Godly and Holy life in the midst of the
corrupt people around us eve
4. n if it means standing alone. I would include here having fellowship with people
whom you share the same belief and conviction, like those in the church. That
includes going to church regularly.
5. To walk with God is to have faith in Him and to His promises trusting Him at all
times. Christian walk is by faith only 2 Cor. 5:7.
a. By faith we believe things we cannot see for now. We believe it because the
Bible says so.
b. I cannot see heaven now. I cannot see the mansions mentioned by the Lord,
but I look forward that when the time comes, I will be there.
c. Like Abraham, we Christians look forward to a city not made by hands
whose builder is God (Heb. 11:10).
d. Things may be difficult now and everywhere we see evil, corruptions, pain,
sufferings, sickness, poverty, dangers, misery, death, etc., but by faith, we
know that it is only temporary and when the Lord Jesus Christ comes, he will
make all things right. He will wipe away all our tears.
6. To walk with God is to serve Him continuously and do this that will please Him. It
is said that Enoch walked with God for 300 years.
7. To walk with God is to do things that will please Him. In Heb. 11:5 we are told
that Enoch has a testimony that pleased God. Is God pleased the way we are a
living now. I know some brothers and sisters who would rather die that disobey
the Lord and commit sin.
B. Walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16-21)
1. Walk in the Spirit here means to live according to the guidance, direction, and
influence of the Holy Spirit.
2. Those who do not walk in the spirit are considered carnal or fleshy.
3. The Christian should avoid sins listed in Gal. 5: 19-21. Adultery, fornication,
uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations,
wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings.
C. Walk in wisdom (Col. 4:5).
1. Walk in wisdom is, to act wisely, upright and honest. To deal with the
unbelievers on the strictest principles of integrity, so that they may not have
occasion to reproach Christianity.
2. Do not be a stumbling block to your fellow men whether Christian or non-
Christian.
3. Make the most of your time to win souls for Christ.
D. Walk in love (Eph. 5:2)
A. Let your lives be characterized by love
B. The first commandment is to love God first and then love our neighbours
C. We must love our enemies also. (Ex. 23:4-5; 2 Kings 6:22; Mt. 5:44; Rom
12:14,20; 1 Pet. 3:9)

Illustration 2:  This New Year Everybody Can Do Something
A preacher asked a hard-working servant girl what she was doing for the Lord. She explained that
she had very little time to be involved in “church work.” “But,” she added, “I always take the
newspaper to my bedroom each night.”
Surprised, the preacher asked what possible good that could do. “Well,” she explained, “I turn to the
column of births. I pray that each of the newborns will be led to the Savior at an early age and
become a great blessing to the world. Next, I check the column of weddings and pray that the
couples will always remain true to each other and build their homes on Christ. Then I go over the
death notices and mention the bereaved families by name to God, asking that, in their sorrow they
will turn to the Lord.” Bible Illustrations

I. Be Contented (Heb. 13:5)
A. To be contented means to be satisfied, not needing more.
B. Be satisfied of what you have. The Word of God says we have to be content of:
1. In their respective callings. 1 Cor. 7:20
2. With appointed wages. Lk. 3:14
3. With what things they have. Heb. 13:5
4. With food and raiment. 1 Tim. 6:8
C. God’s promises should lead to. Heb. 13:5

Illustration: “The Happiest People On Earth?”
An English newspaper asked its readers this question: “Who are the happiest people on Earth?”
These were the four prize-winning answers: A craftsman or artist whistling over a job well done. A
little child building sand castles. A mother, after a busy day, bathing her baby. A doctor who has
finished a difficult and dangerous operation and saved a human life.
No millionaires among these, one notices. No kings or tycoons. Wealth and position, no matter how
the world strives for them, are not the things most people—in their wisdom, we might add—
consider the essential quality of happiness.
Content makes poor people rich, discontent makes rich men poor. (Benjamin Franklin).
Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations: Signs of the Times.

II. Be thankful. (Phil. 4:6)
A. Thanksgiving is a command both in the Old and New Testament. (Ps. 50:14; Ph. 4:6).
B. The Word of God says it’s a good thing. Ps. 92:1
C. Our thanksgiving must be made in the name of Christ. Eph. 5:20
D. We are to give thanks in everything. 1 Thess. 5:18. Everything means in not only
before taking foods but also during good times, difficult times, in sickness or in
health, in prosperity or in want, in any situation we are in.

Illustration: Thankfulness—A Lost Art Today
Thankfulness seems to be a lost art today. Warren Wiersbe illustrated this problem in his
commentary on Colossians. He told about a ministerial student in Evanston, Illinois, who was part of
a life-saving squad. In 1860, a ship went aground on the shore of Lake Michigan near Evanston, and
Edward Spencer waded again and again into the frigid waters to rescue 17 passengers. In the
process, his health was permanently damaged. Some years later at his funeral, it was noted that not
one of the people he rescued ever thanked him. (Our Daily Bread February 20, 1994 )

III. Conclusion:
What I have written are just a few among the important things which we have to do so
we can live victoriously and well not only this new year but for the rest of our lives.
Walking closer with the Lord Jesus Christ should always be on the top of our list, be
contended, and then be thankful.

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