Are you going without God in the new year?

Every year is a fresh start to focus on those resolutions one has made. How committed are you to your goals? Are you serious about dropping some weight? Are you truly ready to change your life for the better? Looking to save money? Seeking to pay off some debt? How about your spiritual life? Where do you feel you stand in relation to the nature and being of a Sovereign God? Today, reading through My Utmost for His Highest, we read the following:

Have you ever “gone out” in this way? If so, there is no logical answer possible when anyone asks you what you are doing. One of the most difficult questions to answer in Christian work is, “What do you expect to do?”You don’t know what you are going to do. The only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing. Continually examine your attitude toward God to see if you are willing to “go out” in every area of your life, trusting in God entirely. It is this attitude that keeps you in constant wonder, because you don’t know what God is going to do next. Each morning as you wake, there is a new opportunity to “go out,” building your confidence in God. “. . . do not worry about your life . . . nor about the body . . .” (Luke 12:22). In other words, don’t worry about the things that concerned you before you did “go out.”

Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do— He reveals to you who He is. Do you believe in a miracle-working God, and will you “go out” in complete surrender to Him until you are not surprised one iota by anything He does?

Believe God is always the God you know Him to be when you are nearest to Him. Then think how unnecessary and disrespectful worry is! Let the attitude of your life be a continual willingness to “go out” in dependence upon God, and your life will have a sacred and inexpressible charm about it that is very satisfying to Jesus. You must learn to “go out” through your convictions, creeds, or experiences until you come to the point in your faith where there is nothing between yourself and God.

As we begin the new year, how many of  you are committed to go without believing that our Father in heaven has a divine plan for you and your life? How often have you sought the will of God in your own life during the previous year? Where is your spiritual appetite at right at this moment? If anything that needs to change in our lives, it ought to first reflect on how our relationship with the Almighty is. If there is no relationship, then we must ask ourselves what is preventing that relationship from being cultivated? If we have had a relationship in the past but have long since abandoned our faith and hope that lies within Jesus Christ, then what stands in our way to return back to that faith? This is the heart of faith – we do not know of our own selves what this new year has in store for us. What we do know is that our Father is omniscient and knows all things beforehand. We must decide whether or not to rest in His sovereign will and walk in His divine counsel for our lives each and every day. Are you willing to make the commitment to seek after the will and purpose of God for your own life each and every day of this new year?

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3 thoughts on “Are you going without God in the new year?

  1. I read this article and see this description of “a go out” in regards to our Christian Faith in the safe-keeping of ourself in the trustworthy hands of God. and then escalates to having the question thrown at you, “Are you willing to make the commitment to seek after the will and purpose of God for your own life each and every day of the new year?” All of course resting assured that God will watch over us, and guide us; I’m sure. ….I have a problem with these two expressions, while I know for a fact that God protects us in our ignorance of spirit if indeed we are one of his chosen, whether not at the time or not; But That is no excuse to walk without understanding the ‘Way’ we have chosen to walk. To say we need to seek after the Will, and Purpose of God for our life each and every day of the new year is correct in essence but void of understanding of How Do We Walk in the Will and Purpose of God. We look to John 6:40 kjv “And this is the Will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life:and I will raise him up at the last day.” That’s God’s will for us; (seeth the Son, and believeth on him). Do you know how to do that? It’s easy just ‘Walk in the ‘Way’ of Jesus and all will become clear. Now as for our Purpose in Life we read elsewhere in the Bible that God that God determined where and the exact time we should live for the purpose of finding God, though he is not far from either one of us, for in his being we live. As to the individual Mission for our life, I leave that to you to work out; but I will say this: both our purpose in life and our Father’s Will for our life both involve God. Our collective purpose is to find God, and Jesus is whom we have to believe in to be our God. Now Just How we do that is as simple as walking in the ‘Way’ of Jesus which is supernatually Spirit guided by “remembrances” of the Word and thus adding to your faithfulness to believing. See my article below for my link to my blog: ‘I love you Jesus’
    In Him,

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to respond to this article. I personally love some of the simple things Oswald Chambers provides in his classic devotional – My Utmost for His Highest. The point of this article is to encourage people to make a rigorous commitment in following Christ and devote their lives in becoming more Christ-central and knowing that without his guidance and counsel, we will face another year void of spiritual maturation and growth.

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      1. vs. 20-21 Isa. 30 “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” vs.14 Acts 24 “But this I confess unto thee, that after the Way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:” The teaching called the Way is the only way we can worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. Having said that know this I am one of the teachers of the Way. Jesus taught his disciples the Way and told them that he goes: “my Way” to the Father. The diciples questioned him and asked what this way was and Jesus told them When the holy Spirit comes he will make known the Word of Truth by giving us “Remembrances”. These moments are found and discovered as we walk in The Way. They are parts of the whole of faith we have been given to know in said part knowing that when the kingdom of heaven is come we shall know in full even as I AM known. Yet God our Father will be the judge of our treasure identifying nudges to maturity with the spiritual “Remembrances”. All we have to do is walk in the Way. J.J.

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