Mercy, Peace and Love: The New Year 2013

I hope that you will join me in thanking God for yet another year that He has been so gracious enough to give to us.
It is a joy and honour to live and to walk another year alongside the Lord, resting in the hope of our saviour.

I can assure you, that this year will bring the joy and happiness that we need and crave, as well as the pain and sadness that we do not welcome. However, the blessed in Christ; those who walk with Him, do not have to be troubled since the battles have been won, and the victories already owned.

How do we know that these battles belong to us? We know this because Jesus came to earth and died on a cross to provide that assurance and to pay a ransom for us. In Romans 5:8 it reminds us of that same fact: even when we were sinners, Christ died for us.

The apostle Paul gives thanks for the benefits of the cross, which include the victory over sin and its penalties.

thanks be to God

57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 15:57 [King James Version]

We gain control not of ourselves in our fleshly bodies, but in the spirit world. Therein, lies the victory. We often forget that we are a spirit and as the Word tells us, that we must worship Him, Jesus in spirit and in truth. The control that we take over these battles is derived from the benefits of the cross. It is important to understand how we can stay strong and take control over the influences in our lives.

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Jude 1: 20-21 [New King James Version]

This was a letter written by Jude the brother of James to those believers described in the first two verses.

1 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, 2 to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: 3 Mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you.
Jude 1:20-21[New King James Version]

Each passing day is a purposeful day that is given to us by God for His glory. Thus, it is a day where we are concerned with finding ourselves in His love and seeking mercy. This we should do until eternal life. It is a never-ending engagement. A new year is a blessed move forward toward the eternity of life with Christ, whether we die in Christ, or are alive and resurrected from the earth.

mercy, peace and love

Jude reminds us that we are called “those who are sanctified preserved in Jesus Christ.” We live in Jesus Christ and are kept safe in Him. Therefore, as the children of God, the heirs of the King, let us live this year with true intent. Do not let the year "drag yo through", but let the Spirit guide you securely on. We have not slaves or victims to sin. We are over-comers and conquerors in the Name of Jesus.

As this year moves on toward the next, let us remember that we do not travel alone and without hope and help. So as Jude sends forth his blessings to the people of God, I send them out to you - may there be mercy, peace and love poured out to you this year