Last day of the year!! [updated] We went out for a wonderful dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Woodinville and then had a quiet night together watching episodes of the office before catching the ‘New Years at the Space Needle’ on TV to welcome in the New Year.
The first and second passages sum up how I want to be better this next year. The Post Title says it all “Stand Firm | Down to Self-Sufficiency”. First, I want to stand firm in my faith and rest assured on the path the Lord has me on. That the winds of disappointment, potential job instability, illness, or anything else will not affect my certain hope in eternity and confidence in the relationship I have with my King. After some searching, this is scripture I am going to use as an anchor for this goal.
13 Be alert and on your guard; stand firm in your faith (your conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, keeping the trust and holy fervor born of faith and a part of it). Act like men and be courageous; grow in strength! 14 Let everything you do be done in love (true love to God and man as inspired by God’s love for us). 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 [AMP]
Second, I want to have God be the first place I turn for the answer to every question. It also means not getting in front of God thinking I know better or am impatient in waiting on His hand to move in a situation. I also cannot sit back and assume that God will just solve my problem; I must beseech Him through prayer, His word, and the counsel of Godly men and women (my wife) in my life. What is awesome is that this was my next passage for today’s quiet time so I don’t think it is any mistake that it is what I will use for this second focus item for the year.
4 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 [ESV]