I want to first say Happy New Year to all of you.  We have made it to 2017 by the grace of God.  People express to others that their desire is for them to have a happy and prosperous New Year. There is nothing wrong with that desire, but none of us know that the future holds, but the child of God should know who holds the future.  That should be the rock upon which we stand for the upcoming year.

As you make your New Year’s resolutions, it is imperative that you resolve to live each day with express intent of living our lives in such a way that we are pleasing to the Lord.  Because every day that God’s grace allows us to live, we are one day closer to the end of our time here on this earth.  We must live with the urgency that each day may be our last one.  I am reminded of the words of Paul which says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16).  We are to live everyday with great care.  We are to be diligent to carefully live our lives to avoid falling to the temptations that present themselves to us every day. We are to walk “wisely” not as a “fool.”  Biblically, a “fool” is not so named because of his lack of intellect, but is named because of their unbelief.  Psalms 14:1a says, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God”.  They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Therefore, the characteristic of a fool is one who does abominable deeds, lives apart from God and against His Word, and cannot comprehend the truth or his true lost condition. Walking circumspectly simply means that believers are to avoid living like fools.

We are challenged to live everyday by redeeming the time, that is, we are to make a wise and sacred use of every opportunity for doing that which is pleasing to God, because the days are evil.  We are to line up every opportunity for useful worship and service.  We must be aware that life is very brief.  “Man that is born of woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” (Job 14:1).

It is also imperative that we live every day of 2017 with a thankful heart.  I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  We must replace grumbling with learning to be thankful, because God is at work in our lives directing and orchestrating the events that will bring us more and more into the image of Jesus Christ.  I pray that you and I will see and appreciate all of God’s richest blessings for 2017. It is also my prayer that all of us will dedicate our lives to being people of the book, that is the Bible. Make sure that God’s Word is a priority in your life this year. God bless you.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor James Moore Jr.