Thank you, the New Berean family ministry for your faithful dedication to our Father’s Business. You have allowed to use you, mature you and live through you for His glory. We are grateful and are excited for the things are yet to come at this local assembly.
Happy New Year to you New Berean! This is a new and exciting day for the ministry, and we are part of it. Just as the Israelites experienced a new day after crossing the Red Sea (Ex.14), we too will be experiencing a new day. God’s grace is our hope for tomorrow. We are here because of his grace. We gained somethings this past year and we lost some things. There were some areas of growth and maturing in our faith and some areas were we still need growth. but through it all, our God has remained faithful as he always is (I Cor. 1:9, 10:13).
This new year, the Lord our God will again introduce some more of his will to us and through us. He is going to introduce some new things and take away some old. He will manifest his divine will and solidify his word in our hearts. He is going to usher in and present to us a new Pastor to oversee and lead us into his glory. God is going to do some great and marvelous things and we will be called on by the Lord to make ourselves available for service in carrying out “The Commission“.
Exodus 32:29 “For Moses had said, consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.”
In wanting and receiving God’s blessings, we must do as Moses said to the Israelites. Consecrate ourselves and everything around us. We are a royal priesthood, a holy nation of people who are representing a holy God. All of who we are is to be holy from our speech, our actions and thoughts (Philippians 1:27). We are not the same anymore. We are, as the people of God growing and maturing into a body fitly joined together in love and supplying the needs we have (Acts 4:34).
The Lord is going to go before us in everything that we’re going to experience tomorrow and the next. Consecrating ourselves is our way of accepting God’s ways, his plans and his will. He is our hope (I Tim. 1:1), our peace (Eph. 2:4) and our joy (I John 4:4).
As we cross over into another new year, let us do so as Israel did in crossing over the Red Sea, in God grace, confidence and hope. Blessed New Year!
2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall [a]divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”