No, dear brothers (and sisters), I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,” Phil 3:13(TLB)

As we are getting ready to usher in the New Year 2018, God would like us to take stock of our lives and activities of the passing year 2017: what we did or didn’t do, and what we ought to have done in the different situations we faced in the passing year. What measure of progress did we make? Would we have done better and achieved better result than we had? How was our relationship with family and friends? Our prayer life and closeness with God; was it at an acceptable level? What is the way forward for us in the New Year?

The Bible said “Old things have passed away“. We must have learnt one thing or the other in the year, gained more experience in life and must have known how not to do a thing or two.
We should be determined to take with us what is good into the New Year and leave all of our shortcomings and bad habits behind us in the passing year. We should aspire to march into the New Year in a ” newness of life” and brand new expectations of a refreshed and cosy relationships with our spouses, family, friends, and above all with God.

Whatever the objectives and plans we intends to accomplish in the New Year, it should be focused on God through Christ. We should make Christ the center of our hope and aspirations. When our eyes are fixed on Christ Jesus and what He is calling us to do, then we will be able to understand “the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for ChristiansEph 1:18(TMB)

We should desire to always be alive to Christ in righteousness. Having been washed and cleansed of our sins, we ought to make it a habit of living our life to please God(Rom 6:4)
We should also understand that the life of a Christian is that of a spiritual warfare. God is a Mighty Man of war and our strength to do battle is in Him. He stirs up in us the zeal to be battle ready for which He also have given us every available help and issued us with the weapons we need(Eph 6:1020)

We have a choice to make between PRESSURE and PEACE. The world as it is today is godless. It is full of distress “Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.” Rom 1:28(NLT)
Jesus has overcome all difficulties that exist in the world and obtained peace for His followers. So now, for us in Christ prayer gives us peace, but for those in the world, worrying gives them pressure(mental strain)
It is an awesome experience to fellowship with the Holy Spirit “For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Rom 14:17(NET Bible). When we choose to follow Christ, we have chosen peace and joyous life.

We should also understand too that our environments and the situations we face all responds to God’s Word. When we echo and give voice to the Word, we put His angels to work.(Psalm 103:20). Our heart is a tablet of flesh where the Word of God should be inscribed. It should be full and soaked up with the Word. The entrance of His word gives light and understanding to the simple.

Finally, we do know that the evil one does not like good things to come to the people of God. Praise God that Christ has triumphed over the devil and obtained victory for us. We should therefore march into the New Year 2018 with boldness and superiority consciousness over our adversaries knowing that: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,

whose hope is in the LORD.

he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,

spreads out its roots by the river,

will not fear when heat comes;

its leaf will be green,

will not be anxious in the year of drought,

will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7,8(NKJV)