In You, O Lord, do I put my trust and seek refuge; let me never be put to shame or [have my hope in You] disappointed; deliver me in Your righteousness! Bow down Your ear to me, deliver me speedily! Be my Rock of refuge, a strong Fortress to save me!
…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Every time I fly, the flight attendants share what the plan is for an emergency landing. I know it by heart and I’m sure many of you do too. I know where the flotation devices are, I know where the exits are, I know the oxygen mask will come down from the ceiling, I know to place it on myself before others, I know the emergency lights will light up on the floor, and I know to put my head in my lap to prepare for the landing. Well, what would happen if we had an emergency exit plan in place when the Enemy comes to attack? The fact is I think we would live a much more effective life for Christ, if we had a strategy in place.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
May this year be filled with God’s rich blessings for your life. May you experience His peace in a new and refreshing way. May the joy of the Lord truly be your strength! And may all your days be filled with a hope that comes from fixing your eyes on Jesus! My prayer is that each one of you and I myself will grow in great ways this new year! May 2015 be our best year yet!
1 The Lord is my Light and my Salvation—whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.