By the grace of God you will be celebrating a brand new day of the new year of your life at a certain day in a certain month in this new year 2024. This is expected to be an important day in your life and a date to be taken into a serious consideration. In the secular world people always think that the new year begins on 1st of January of every year. To some extent, it is true, but in reality, that is the beginning of the new year of the world according to the calendar of the world after the date our Lord Jesus Christ was born. (AD=anno Domini) But the new year of every human being on earth is the birthday that the individual was born into this world.
That brand new day of the beginning of the new year of your life, which can fall into any day among the 365 days of the calendar year of the world is very significant. The day is not only for celebration alone, it is a day of recounting the grace of God and count your blessings, name them one by one so that you can know how much God has done for you. “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12) It is a day of thanksgiving unto God for sustaining you for those numbers of years of your life that you have successfully spent. More importantly, it is a day of reflection–reflecting about how thus far the Lord had taken you through to that point in your life, trusting Him that He will take you through to His utmost purposes of creating you.
It is a day of looking back to all the flaws of your life, and come up with a strong determination to correct them. It is the day of looking inward about your spiritual shortcomings and probably notable failures in the course of your journey on earth. It is the time you think through to choose the pathway of righteousness in order to attain the desired rest in the Lord. “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls . . .” (Jeremiah 6:16) It is a day you are to behold the deep valley of your life, and say to yourself, I am not going to stay in this valley anymore and make up your mind to arise in the strength of the word of God and climb out of the miry clay of your life. It is a day of asking yourself one pertinent question, “What can I do to heal my relationship with my Creator?” “What can I do to make my relationship with human beings that I have come across in my life’s journey a peaceful, cordial and fruitful one?” To do this, you need to be guided by the word of God that admonished us not to brood sorrowfully about the former downsides and disappointments you had encountered in your life. “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV) Perhaps you are wondering why God is demanding that you should not brood over your past, it is because the past tends to drag man backward and becomes a clog in the wheel of your intended smooth future. God wants to do a brand new things in the brand new year of your life if you can permit Him in humility, with the heart of repentance and resolved to forgive those who offended you, and provide a peaceful room in your mind to receive abundance of His blessings.
My Beloved audience, I humbly appeal to you to please begin your new year by humbly embracing the hands of fellowship that God Almighty had extended to you for your salvation through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Extend the same hands of fellowship to your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your co-workers and your extended families. Do away with besetting sinful habits in your brand new year. Take an olive branch towards anyone that had offended you and make peace with them. Let your love knows no boundary towards everyone in this brand new year. Meditate, refresh and re-apply your mind to the wisdom of God and also focus on the purposes why God had created you. Put God in the center of your plan in this new year. Prayerfully, develop your laudable ideas; trust and depend upon God to bless your efforts. Our Merciful Father will bless your brand new Year. Happy Birthday 2024 and Happy New Year to you my Beloved Brethren and Audience, in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer: O Lord, make this New Year a beautiful and fruitful year in my life. Grant me the grace to honor you O Lord, and re-dedicate my life to you in Jesus name, Amen. As I lay my hands on the plow in the foundation of your wisdom in this New Year, let me be guided in your strength, holiness and righteousness, Father, let me never look backward into the unworthy worldliness in Jesus name, Amen.