EIGHT THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE YEAR RUNS OUT
Text Deut 33:23, Ps 92:10, Jos 1:5, Job 10:12, Ps 115:12, Ps5:8, Ps 31:3, Ps 18:20, Lk 1:79
Deut 33:23 And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the west and the south.
Psa 92:10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
Jos 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Job 10:12 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
Psa 115:12 The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.
Psa 5:8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
Psa 31:3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
Psa 18:20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
Luk 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
We are very close now to the end of the year and that means many things to many people
- Evaluate Lev 27:12, Ezra 7:14, Prov 28:11, Jer 6:27, Matt 7:1 – 3, Lk 12:56, 1Cor 4:3, 2Cor 13:5
Lev 27:12 And the priest shall value it, whether it be good or bad: as thou valuest it, who art the priest, so shall it be.
Ezra 7:14 Forasmuch as thou art sent of the king, and of his seven counsellors, to enquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of thy God which is in thine hand;
Prov 28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
Jer 6:27 I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their way.
Matt 7:1 – 3 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Luk 12:56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
1Cor 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
2Cor 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
Look back to the year and see how far you have gone with your spiritual and cancel life. What have you achieved? Did you set a goal in January that you have been able to achieve or not. Appraise yourself; check the past against your goal. Assess what you have done wrong or done right to understand the outcome of them
- Eliminate Isa 57:14, Gal 5:7, 1Thess 2:18, Heb 12:1, Rm 16:17, 1Cor 8:12, 1Cor 8:9, Jer 6:21, Ps 37:29
Isa 57:14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
Gal 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
1Thess 2:18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Rm 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
1Cor 8:12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
1Cor 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
Jer 6:21 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish.
Psa 37:29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
There are certain lifestyle that you lived this year which was not profitable to you. In money spending, places you go, what you bought or didn’t buy. Any investments. There are some things you have to receive, erect and reject as we come to the end of the year so you start afresh. Some things defeated you in 2019 that you must defeat next year. There are certain things you must dispose of, invalidate, and exterminate. Ask yourself certain things you need to phase out so the new incoming year will be better than this year for you.
- Enjoy the present 1Tim 6:17, Eccl 11:9, Eccl 2:24 – 25, 1Jn 1:6, Ps 16:11, Eccl 8:15, Jn 10:10
1Tim 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
Eccl 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
Ecc 2:24 – 25 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?
1Jn 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
Psa 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Eccl 8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.
Jn 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Try to enjoy the remaining part of the year and not be entangled in what you were not able to achieve so far take all the benefits of your salvation in Christ, by thanking God for life itself, your health, your family and generally your protection. Be excited about all that God has done for you in 2019 and give gratitude to Him ( ) make yourself laugh instead of being sad. Thank God for all your achievement (if any) By looking back to the beginning of the year, you will often discover the power of God goodness upon your life as you count your blessings
- Encourage yourself in the Lord Eph 6:10, Isa 40:29, Ex 15:2, 2Tim 1:7, 1Chr 16:11, 2Cor 12:9 – 11, Isa 12:1 – 3, Deut 20:4, Matt 11:28, Ps 27:1
Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Isa 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Exo 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
2Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
1Chr 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
2Co 12:9 – 11 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
Isa 12:1 – 3 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Deut 20:4 For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
Matt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Psa 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
This is always a period when many people often become unhappy as they evaluate their life’s. As it often happens, we may or may not do well, at least not well enough to our satisfaction don’t blame but encourage yourself in the Lord exactly like David did ( ) say thank you to yourself. You have tried this year and in the new you will do better. Be your best friends and don’t blame anyone for what good things haven’t yet happened to you. Relieve yourself by being optimistic for the coming future. Smile because Jesus loves you. Cheer up. Congratulate yourself with scriptures
- Elevate Christ Matt 22:37, Ps 31:23, Deut 30:6, 1Jn 5:3, 1Jn 4:10, Deut 6:5, 2Jn 1:6, 1Cor 10:31, 1Sam 2:30
Matt 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Psa 31:23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
Deut 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
1Jn 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Deut 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
2Jn 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
1Cor 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1Sam 2:30 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
Unbelievers are often sad doing this time, because their focus in carnal achievements only. They often compare themselves with their colleague and match themselves to their achievements, as a child of the living God, Christ should be the centre of your life. What was your relationship this year with Christ? How was your spiritual life? What did you do for God in 2019. How many souls did you win? What did you contribute to the growth and development of the church? What higher step did you take this year regarding your spiritual growth
- Entrust the future Rm 15:13, Prov 3:5 – 6, Rm 8:18 – 25, Jm 4:13 – 16, Phil 1:6, Prov 19:20 – 22, Lam 3:21 – 23, 2Cor 4:17 – 18
Rm 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Prov 3:5 – 6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Rom 8:18 – 25 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Jas 4:13 – 16 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Phil 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Pro 19:20 – 22 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
Lam 3:21 – 23 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
2Cor 4:17 – 18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Your future does not lie in what Nigeria or the rest of the world become in 2020. Man cannot be trusted to your future, but God can. Its always responsible to realize that God doesn’t operate by an earthy calendar, after all God say with Him, one day is like a thousand years and one thousand years like one day ( ) Your future lies in trusting God for His plan for you ( ) Keying in into His purpose to your life which is different from that of someone else. ( ) Never compare yourself with our friends, neighbours and colleague but compare yourself with His divine plan. This is the way to God now
- Examine yourself 2Cor 13:5, Ps 119:59, Lam 3:40, Ps 26:2, Ps 139:24, Job 13:23, Ps 4:4, 1Jn 1:9, Ezek 18:27 – 28, Gal 6:4
2Cor 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
Psa 119:59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
Lam 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
Psa 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
Psa 139:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Job 13:23 How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.
Psa 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Ezek 18:27 – 28 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
Gal 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
Although the year is running to an end, eternity the endless years we shall spend beyond this life obviously more important. This is the time God says you should examine yourself if whether you are still a believer, or whether you have backslidden in one of the month. It’s a time to reflect and get back to God as quickly as possible. Repent and return to Christ, your eternity is at stake because there time has no value. Are you ready for the coming to Christ to the earth for the rapture?
- Entrance changes Isa 43:18 – 20, Deut 31:6, Jer 29:11,Num 23:19
Isa 43:18 – 20 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
Deut 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
You can’t keep living in the same way doing the same thing the same way for years upon years and expect a different outcome. You need to embrace changes. Changes are what create failure or success in the New Year; try to do things in a new way need to venture into new territories whatever that means to you. Attempt new things you have never attempted before, take a shot at something strange, take a leap of faith for something else, this is what will allow the New Year to be better than the past. As God will give you new opportunities in the year, you will find the New Year far better than all the years of your life.