Hello friends and family! Well, here we are, the last day of 2019! My prayer for us all is that we would enter 2020 with renewed strength and soar above our troubles in our hope in the Lord! We all know that we will face plenty of trials in 2020 just as we have in 2019 and every other year of our lives. This is a truth we face every day of our lives here on fallen planet earth. I also know without a doubt that we can overcome all our troubles through faith in Jesus! We can truly take heart because He has overcome the world just as He told us! We can rise up with great hope and soar on wings like eagles!
Thank you all for sticking with me this year! From friends around the world to family I grew up with, I appreciate all of your support and encouragement! Reading all of your blogs and chatting with you every day has been a blessing to me, especially in my fight with Celiac. Thank you all for your prayers and encouraging comments throughout the year! The Lord has me preaching in almost 140 countries now and my prayer is that He would increase that to every country in the world in 2020! Please pray that I would be faithful to Him and His calling on my life! I just want to please the Lord and do as He commanded.
I will continue to preach the Gospel and share God’s Word in 2020 and my fervent prayer every year is that the Lord would spread revival through the world! People desperately need God’s love and we all need a Savior! The societies of the world are suffering from a lack of knowledge of God’s Word. In an age where we have access to seemingly unlimited information through technological advances, we are at the same time living through an age of spiritual ignorance and darkness as people call good evil and evil good. A time where truth is whatever someone wants it to be regardless of what God’s Word says. No matter what human beings say, truth is not relative. God’s Truth is eternal and it is the only Truth that is sovereign over our souls and this entire universe!
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.”
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The most beautiful message in the world is that God loves us and came to earth to save us! You are not alone and you can know God deeply and personally by the power of the Holy Spirit! You can walk with Him and talk with Him and enjoy His comfort, peace, and love every day of your life! God has opened a Way to Him and that Way is Jesus Christ. He is the only Way to Heaven and that is a truth that all people must hear!
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus speaking in John 3:16
The beauty of the Gospel is forgiveness! God wants to forgive you! He wants to save you! Let 2020 be a true fresh start! There is no sin too big. God can forgive anyone and He will forgive you too!
“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9
When you receive Jesus by faith, you are completely forgiven and your sins will never be counted against you! You are made new by the power of the Holy Spirit that God deposits inside of you upon receiving Jesus, and you are truly a new creation! You are born again and made brand new in Christ!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-19
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”
“In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
Not counting our sins against us! That is the great Truth of God that sets us free! Do you want that freedom? Are you tired of being in bondage to your sins? Call on the Name of the Lord Jesus and you will be saved! Every sin will be washed away by the atoning Blood of Jesus through faith in Him! That is the true fresh start we all need! Come to Jesus this New Year’s Eve! He will receive you as His own and you will be born again as a child of God who is free and forgiven forever!
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
May 2020 be the year that you take hold of the eternal life God is offering! May you become a new creation experiencing the cleansing joy of God’s love and forgiveness! I would never promise that life will be without trouble, but you will have power to overcome any trial and you will walk in the newness of life that only a relationship with Jesus can bring! The old will be gone and the new will come!
Grace and peace to you all! Have a very blessed and happy new year!