A New You in 2016 (Part 5)

To be a new you in 2016 you must stay on course.  You stay on course by prayer, tithing, Bible study, and witnessing (soul winning).

(C) Bible Study – 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV) states: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  All Southeastern Conference football player Steve Robinson presented a new New American Standard Bible to me in 1984 for assisting him as a volunteer in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Steve penned these words in the Bible, “I pray that you’ll read this precious Word of our Lord every day for it will change your life.”  Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) states: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  The Word of God is pure, and it is the Christian’s road map for life.  You need a map (GPS) when you do not know where you are going.  As believers, we walk by faith, not by sight.  So, we need the Bible.  Psalm 119:11 (NKJV) states: “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”  Meditate on God’s Word daily to stay on course in 2016.

(D) Witnessing (Soul Winning) – What did Jesus say in Acts 1:8 before He went to heaven?  “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” We are to tell others about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  We are to lead them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. More than our words, though, we witness with our actions, our attitudes, and our lifestyle.  People watch us every day.  We are the only Bible many of them ever read.  Do you really want to stay on course in 2016?  Be a bold witness for your Lord!

Do you really want to be a new you in 2016?  You can be, but you must remember that your life must be lived according to God’s standards, and not man’s.  God’s economy functions differently than does man’s economy.  You cannot live the way you want, claim to be a Christian, and expect God to bless you.  Almighty God blesses a nation according to the individual lives of its people.  Proverbs 14:34 (NKJV) states: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”  Righteousness begins in each heart in each family.  To be a new you in 2016 you must be born again, you must be committed to Christ, you must be disciplined, and you must stay on course as a Christian by prayer, tithing, Bible study, and witnessing (soul winning).  Live for Christ radically in 2016!  Take what you are learning in your church into the marketplace of the world!

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