As we start the new year 2024, let us always remember that there is a new beginning in Jesus Christ.
Here are some things to remember this new year as we reflect on what is ahead of our lives:
First, be ready to repent and ask for forgiveness.
Acts 3:19 says, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
In the spirit of a new year, let us begin by acknowledging our need for repentance. Just as the Bible urges us to repent, it is an opportunity to turn away from our shortcomings and sins. Through repentance, we open our hearts to God’s forgiveness, experiencing a renewal that brings forth times of refreshing and joy in the Lord.
Second, be transformed by God.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform 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.”
As we step into the new year, let us embrace a transformed mindset. The world may influence us, but the Word of God guides us. By renewing our minds through prayer, meditation on Scriptures, and seeking God’s wisdom, we position ourselves to discern and align with God’s perfect will. This transformation brings about a renewed perspective and purpose in our lives.
Third, trust in God’s Plan.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
In the journey ahead, let us place our trust in the Lord and His divine plan for our lives. By trusting in God’s sovereignty and leaning on His understanding, we navigate the uncertainties of the new year with confidence, knowing that He holds our future in His hands.
As we embark on this new beginning in Jesus Christ, let us embrace repentance, renew our minds, and trust in God’s plan, seeking His guidance and grace throughout the coming year.
Happy New Year! May God bless us all!
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
Director, Office of Communications