Some thoughts for the new year, 2014

Do not “boast” of future accomplishments for 2014.

James 4:13-16 “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.”

Seek first the things of God first

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

  • God will provide necessities for life if you seek His Kingdom first (please note, it does not promise a perfect life)

Mat 6:30-33

“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Trust God, and follow Him, versus fearing man this year

Pr 29:25 “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”

Put your trust in God and not in what man can do in this next year

Psalms 115:11 “Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.”

Psalms 118:8 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”

Psalms 118:9 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”

Do not trust/believe in your self but rather believe/trust on God with all your heart

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Proverbs 28:25 “He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.”

Focus more on gaining “the fear of the Lord” than earthly wealth and gain

Pr 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

  • If your goal is to seek the fear of the Lord and humility more than even riches, honor and life, those “things” will be obtained as a side benefit.

    Pr 22:4 “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.”

Follow Christ’s commands if you really love Him in 2014 and beyond

John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”