Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
Happy New Year! This is the time we start again, make plans, set goals, and see every day as a new day and a new chance to excel. We often start off the year with a sense of optimism in hope that this year the world will be a better place and that peace might reign. This year you might have the additional hope that a new political administration might just make the big difference.
However, we must have a perspective that is larger than any regional or national perception. It is essential that we understand the rules of engagement and the enemy we face. If we are to have a day, a year, or a life of victory it is essential not optional that we understand the world in which we live. The Apostle Paul exhorted all believers; "Do not be conformed to this world." Being "conformed" is to be molded to a way of life or a system or a scheme. In fact the Greek term for "conformed" is from the word we translate as "schematic." The term for "world" is not "cosmos" but more accurately translated "present age." The term conveys to us the reality of a system of thought, a mindset, and an underlying motive. What is the mindset and motive of this present age in which we live? It is not at all what the word of God desires us to think. This world spends billions of dollars trying to convince us or deceive us from viewing the actual truth and providing a counterfeit -- a lie! That is why we are exhorted not to love this world. (I John 2:15) The present age is a counterfeit and a lie to what God desires, for it is under the ruler-ship of the great father of lies, the deceiver, the angel of light, Lucifer!
Allow me to clarify or perhaps to re-frame your perspective. We must first understand that everything is wrong. It is all backwards. Today we live under the times of the Gentiles. The Gentile nations rule the planet, create societies that are under the authority of Satan, the god of this world, and are typically hostile to Israel. (II Cor 4:4; Luke 4:4-6) In this present age fallen man lives under a sin cursed world. (Gen. 3; Rom. 8) We are ruled by Satan from a heavenly sphere. (Ezk. 28:14; Dan.10:13-20) As John the Apostle explains it: The whole world lies in the lap of the evil one. (I John 5:19) And the struggles in the world are actually a struggle against the forces of the "Prince of the Power of the Air." (Eph. 6:11-12) Peter reminds us that this is not to be a surprise to us (I Peter 4:12) for it is actually the devil himself, that seeks to devour us, but we can have the victory through our faith. (I Peter 5:8-9)
The facts are, the devil rules, the world is cursed, all of creation groans, and mankind is condemned. And here we are ready to start a new year. But take heart, there is coming a new day when Jesus will rule from heaven through Jerusalem in Israel over the earth. The angelic host will glorify the true King of the earth and all of the cosmos. Additionally, the angelic host will serve glorified men who will rule and reign with Christ over the redeemed nations of the earth. The curse will be lifted, the Christ will reign, the church will co-rule, rejoice, and worship the King. Every knee will bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and give praise to the Lamb of God.
But what are we to do today, until that day? Answer... Make disciples, do all to the glory of God, and live with holy conduct as we wait with a heavenly outlook.
He is coming again!
Happy New Year!
Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,
Goals for new year:
Totally defund Planned Death of the Family
Remove all of Obama's appointees, especially the muslim ones
Totally repeal the UNaffordable Careless Act
BUILD THE WALL (and have Mexico pay for it)
Create a new State of Northern California, remove lower California from the list of States and require a passport when entering the new and improved United States.
Putt Obama and Hillary in prison.
Mind our own business in international affairs, let other countries solve their own problems, cut our overseas military bases down to 100 from over 1,000.
Expose the underground military bases and tunnels and make them into amusement parks.
Turn Obama's FEMA Camps into wildlife refuges.
Federal Government remove itself from claiming that it owns 90% of the lands in States west of the Mississippi.
Totally remove Common Core from the United States education system.
Kill the FED.
BREAK UP THE MONOPOLY OVER THE U.S.'s NEWS MEDIA! YES, IT'S A MONOPOLY! LIKE THE 5 SONS OF AMSHEL ROTHSCHILD!