Looking Back On the Old Year

Written by M. Larson

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Here are some questions we might ask ourselves:
How real has the Lord Jesus Christ been to me?
Did I seek His will when making decisions?
Was my life a good example for others?
Did I help anyone else come to Christ?
How many prayers did I have answered?
If I could do it over, would I live the same way?

We may not have last year to live over, but we do have the coming year in which to live better.

God has caused all those who receive His Son as Savior to be born into His family. He has forgiven their sins and given them everlasting life. Jesus Christ gives His supernatural peace and joy to all those who follow Him (John 14:17; John 15:11). He gives to them the indwelling Comforter to guide and teach them. But those who are not right with God do not enjoy these great and protective blessings (Ephesians 4:30-31).

Would you like to get back on track with God and have a better year that will give you the satisfaction, peace, and joy that living for Christ can? Would you like your life from now on to count for something good and worthwhile in this life and for eternity and God’s approval? Here are Scriptures that can help you do that.

“If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, NIV).

“Therefore, I urge you…in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2, NIV).

“Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness….Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:22-32).

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and his mighty power. Put on the whole armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:10-18).

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Questions: What would be one lesson that you have learned from this past year that will help you with decision making for this coming year?

About the Author Muriel Larson

4 Responses to “Looking Back On the Old Year”

  • kanj says:

    the one lesson for sure is to realize that patience is a learned trait, disciplined and that it won’t come completely over a night.

  • ogbe says:

    these questions will help to keep our minds off what we should not be doing so that we can live a Godly life in the new year

  • Andi says:

    Right on Dr. M! You’ve nailed it asking all the pertinent questions we should be filtering thru our hearts, minds and spirits on a regular basis. You’ve nailed key scriptures for living a full life as one of HIS disciples….even to living ‘eternity now!. Thank you.
    Posting your questions on the bathroom mirror would remind us to think on these things each day, not just at the end of the year.

    Having lost many to death this year HE has quickened to me the VITAL importance of asking people where do they expect to spend eternity. [two of these dear ones refused HIS offer of eternity w/HIM which made it even more urgent in my spirit].

  • Rebecca Seow says:

    One lesson would be never to procrastinate in what I am doing as the urgency of an issue will escalate and there will also be many more newer issues that will be pressing you for attention. This helps save time from worrying and figuring things out while multi-tasking and prevents unnecessary headache and anxiety when pressure mounts up.

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