Greetings CFC Family
2021 has arrived and is in full swing. One moment we celebrated the new year and before we knew it we were halfway through January. I wish you a very Happy New Year and pray that 2021 will be your greatest year so far.
God spoke to us last year and gave us a word for this year. He said:
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19. (ESV)
With great expectation we are looking forward to what God has planned for those who love Him, yet with our eyes we have not yet seen, with our ears we have not yet heard and with our hearts we have not yet imagined what God has prepared for us who love Him.
Our biggest challenge is, will we be able to believe what God has said? Will we not say, ‘Yes but we also believed last year and look what it had to offer? What guarantee do we have that this year will be different? Will God really come through for us as His children?”
Well, they are surely legitimate questions, but friends, may I encourage you as believers today. We are not like an unbeliever in this world. We live by faith and not by sight and the God that we serve has in so many ways in the past proved Himself to be a way maker and a promise keeper. In all my life as a believer, God has never failed me and He has always kept His word and His promises.
Listen to what 1 John 5:4-5 says:
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
What an encouragement to you and me at the start of this year to know that the Word of God says that if we are born of God, we will overcome this world. What is it in us that makes us overcome this world? It’s our faith and our belief that Jesus is the Son of God. It is with this hope in Christ that wherever you are and no matter who you are if you have faith in the Son of God, you are positioned to overcome anything that the world or the enemy would throw at you in 2021.
Therefore, I encourage you to believe with so many believers all over the world that our God is going to do a new thing this year. That we will not consider the things of old and just as Nehemiah was able to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in 32 days, starting with nothing and having nothing, so too our God can do amazing things for us who believe.
Again I pray that with this truth in mind, this will be your best year ever. Let’s stand strong in our faith, hold onto our God and allow Him to surprise us with the new things He is about to do for His children.
May God bless you and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you and may He give you His peace.
God bless you in Jesus Name.
All our love
– Ps Roland and Denise