As those of us who are believers in Jesus Christ and who earnestly contend for the faith  stand together and see another year come to an end, let’s continue to stand together being determined in our hearts to live each day in 2018 with faith, hope, and courage in our hearts; together, let’s press on with our minds already made up to be determined to live for Jesus Christ by continuing to earnestly contend for the faith not only by sharing the good news of the Biblical gospel with those who have yet to hear it, but also by exposing false teachings, firmly, and yet with His love and gentleness to show the way out of spiritual darkness and back to Jesus Christ. Let’s leave the past behind us and press on together, one day at a time in His grace and His strength, and let’s continue to encourage each other in the midst of our heartaches and trials.

There will definitely be times of joy that He has in store for us in the New Year ahead, but no matter what we may see in our world or face personally that may fill us with sorrow as we continue to watch the world around us reject God in so many different ways, and as we see evil increase even more, and as our hearts remain burdened for our loved ones who are either drifting away from Biblical truth or who have yet to place their trust in Jesus Christ, may we continue to stand firm together on our foundation and only Rock — Jesus Christ — one day at a time, no matter what may come our way in 2018!

For those of you who have yet to place your trust in all that Jesus Christ has accomplished for us when He willingly came into this world to become our Savior, and the only way to the Father and only means by which we can be reconciled with a thrice holy God, let me present the Biblical gospel to you: Knowing that one day He would take upon Himself the full wrath of God that was meant for us because of all of our sin and guilt, Jesus Christ, still being fully God, willingly took on human flesh and entered our sin-filled world. He lived the perfect, sinless life that we could never live, became the perfect, spotless, sacrificial Lamb of God by dying on the cross in our place, and arose from the dead on the third day which showed that God accepted His once for all sacrifice as being completely sufficient to remove His wrath that He had/has against us because of all of our sins, evil ways, and wretchedness.

There is no longer any need for any type of sacrifice to remove our sins! The truly good news is that Jesus Christ paid the debt for our sins in full!! No matter what you may have done or are presently doing that now fills you with guilt and regret, Jesus Christ paid for it all, in full! If you choose to believe this good news with all of your being, get upon your knees and receive this amazing free gift of salvation! Place your trust in Jesus Christ alone, and not in any of your good works. If you do, you will be covered in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and your sins will be washed away, never to be remembered again!

“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)

“Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD will not impute sin.” (Romans 4:7,8)

If, however, you continue to reject Jesus Christ, who is the only way to the Father and the only way that He has provided for us to be reconciled to Himself, and if you continue to choose to place your trust in your own good works to get you to heaven, I must share with you what His Word clearly says to show you what will happen to you, regardless of what you may believe: His wrath will remain upon you and you will be cast into an eternal lake of fire that was never created for man, but only for the devil and his angels:

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” (John 3:36)

“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:10-13)

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:41)

Jesus Christ is our only hope, and reading His Word reveals truth to us and gives us  a living hope. Drugs, alcohol, and multiple relationships may momentarily satisfy an empty heart, but the deep hurt, loneliness, sorrow, guilt, shame, and regrets that we have will still remain. My prayer is that you will turn to Him before this day/year comes to an end. He is the only one who can truly help us face our every tomorrow. No matter how painful and heartbreaking the circumstances of our lives may be in 2018, these are just some of the promises in His Word that are given to those who are truly His children by believing and receiving the good news of the gospel and placing our trust in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation:

 He will never leave or forsake us, (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5), His strength will be made perfect in our weakness, (2 Corinthians 12:9,10), His peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 4:4-9), and He will give us His wisdom to deal with every situation we find ourselves in.

Together let’s continue to walk in His truth and press on until we all cross the finish line and meet in glory! Or, by the way the world is today, those of us who have already placed our complete trust in Him may soon meet Him in the air! If Jesus Christ returned today, would you be ready?

RELATED SCRIPTURES

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” (Romans 10:3)

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”                                            (2 Corinthians 12:9,10)

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” (Philippians 3:9)

“…and, lo, I am with you always, even  unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:4-9)

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.” (Hebrews 10:1-23)

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

“Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” (2 Peter 3:1-17)

 

In closing this year out, I just want to thank you for standing with me and for taking time out of your busy, chaotic life to read some of my posts and poems during 2017, and thank you for your words of encouragement, as well! I truly appreciate every one of you!

A blessed, healthy, hope-filled New Year to you and your family!

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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