Only Where God is Can There Be a New Beginning
"People cannot make a new beginning at all; they can only pray for one. where people are on their own and live by their own devices, there is only the old, the past. Only where God is can there be a new beginning. We cannot command God to grant it; we can only pray to God for it. And we can pray only when we realize that we cannot do anything, that we have reached our limit, that someone else must make the new beginning."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from prison, January 1944
My prayer this January 1 is that as we each make up our minds to commit to new and better, higher and holier things, we would all realize it is only by the power of the Gospel and the strength of the King in us that we hold any capacity to accomplish anything of value in 2014.
Without Jesus I am nothing.
Jesus, remind me of that daily this year.
Is it any wonder that the joy of salvation is so little felt, when that in which Christ found it and brings it, is so little sought? Until a humility which will rest in nothing less than the end of death of self,; which gives up all the honor of men as Jesus did, to seek the honor that comes from God alone; which absolutely makes and counts itself nothing, that God may be all, that the Lord alone may be exalted - until such a humility be what we seek in Christ above our chief joy, and welcome at any price, there is very little hope of a religion that will conquer the world.
Andrew Murray, Humility
What more can be done than you have done.
Your death is my life,
Your resurrection my peace,
Your ascension my hope,
Your prayers my comfort.
How shall a work please God, if it proceeds from a reluctant and resisting God?…Praise God that the Spirit makes the heart glad and free…this good works come out of faith.
Let present privilege awaken us to present duty, and now while life lasts, let’s spend and be spent for our sweet Lord Jesus.