Posted: 31st December, 2015

TODAY: A Brief Message for New Year’s Day 2016

Jesus calls you to live TODAY, when He says: “Do not worry about tomorrow, each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). Jesus is not saying that today is filled predominantly with trouble. In fact, today is far more than simply a trouble-filled entity. Jesus spoke that way to keep us out of the dead troubles of yesterday, and out of the as yet unknown troubles of tomorrow.

We are not to dwell on or live in the past. We are to learn from the past, repent of past sin, keep the good, and move on. We are also not to live in the future. We are to plan and prepare for it, and commit it to the Lord.

We are instead to live today. After all, TODAY, according to the Apostle Paul, is the “acceptable time” (2 Corinthians 6:2). So the question is: Acceptable for what? Paul goes on to say that TODAY is the acceptable time, because it is the “day of salvation”.

Today is the acceptable time for you to live a righteous and holy life without shame, for Jesus Christ!

Today is the acceptable time for you to proclaim Jesus Christ!

Today is that time to have (plain & simple) an acceptable time – acceptable to God, and acceptable for you to live in this day and be thankful for TODAY, to enjoy TODAY, and to redeem TODAY for God!

Today is the acceptable time to deal with any sins or shortcomings in your life!

Today is the acceptable time for you to get more involved in a personal relationship with Jesus!

Today is the acceptable time for you to get more involved in a committed relationship to the church, your brothers and sisters in Christ!

Today is the acceptable time for you to begin using your gifts in new and exciting ways!

God tells us that His “love and kindness is new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23). God’s love and kindness is new TODAY!! It is not new every week. It is not new every month. It is not new every year. It is new every morning. Because God’s love and kindness is new and available to you, today IS wonderful! Regardless of what happened yesterday or what may happen tomorrow, each day you start anew, with a fresh supply of God’s grace.

What kinds of things is the Lord having you deal with today? What kinds of sins is He calling you to repent of today? What kinds of endeavors is He calling you to engage in today? TODAY is the acceptable time to do it!

And, while you are doing it, have a very happy New Year!

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