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In the book of Genesis we see that God has given us the dimension of time. Time is divided into day and night, weeks, years and seasons. As we close out this year we are also coming into the new season. We would do well to pay attention and to be mindful to enter the new year properly. Yes, God is the God of 2nd, 3rd, etc. chances. However, we would all do well to heed the principle of entering and leaving. We would all do well to enter the new year appropriately by leaving the old year appropriately.

We should not leave this past year defeated, downcast, cynical and discouraged. We should believe and approach the new year expecting something better.

Here is our opportunity to Begin Again! Yes, we’ve all done this for as many years as our age, but there always important reminders, instructions, warnings and encouragement to follow. A pilot begins each flight going over their checklist. Although the pilot may have flown many hours in their career, it is essential that they go through the list every time for safety reasons.

Recently Pastor Tim enjoyed the Zip Line in Ocala. He had to do a complete safety lesson before taking off to learn about the safety harness and rules of dos and don’ts. Next time he returns he will have to go through the same safety instructions and precautions. So it is, with leaving and entering a new year. We need to take the time again to ensure that we are doing it the right way.

Today we will look at the importance of Through Faith! This is the brand of faith that gets us through the new year. Many of us got through some things this past year because of mercy. We thank God for His mercy, but we are not called to live by mercy. We are called to live by faith.

Scriptures on "Through Faith"

This is the time of year that we celebrate the event that changed everything for all of us.

That event was the birth of Jesus. We can never let that become something we think of as just a nice story. That changed everything for everyone. It changed everything for you and for me.

What This Means:
Because of Jesus' birth, because He died for our sins and was raised again, we are a part of God's family, we are redeemed from the curse, and our story has changed forever.

This gift from God brings with it promises from His Word and now we can confidently say:
I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:

I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood. (Eph. 1:7)

In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor....

I have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor. 2:16, Phil. 2:5)


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