Predictions For 2011 (or any year)
This is the time of year when
several events take place. This is the holiday season, and many having just
completed Thanksgiving, are preparing for Christmas and New Years. Towards the
end of the year many people reflect upon what has taken place and begin to look
forward to the new year and what it might hold for them.
Psychics sometimes make bold predictions of events that could happen. Usually these are nothing more than educated guesses. But for many people, it offers them something to look forward to, like a better economy or a new job.
But let us remember that there are some things that are predictable, and will come to pass if the Lord does not come first. Knowing that the Lord could return at any moment should cause us to pause and reflect upon our own spiritual condition, not just at this time of the year, but continually. I was recently sent an e-mail titled 2011 predictions, and some of the predictions are pretty accurate and worthy of your consideration.
1. The Bible will still
have all the right answers. We just need to get people to ask the right
questions. So far the Bible has not been wrong on anything. Perhaps we can attribute
this to a living God, and His Holy Spirit.
2. Prayer will continue to be the most powerful thing known to man. Mankind can observe volcanoes and earthquakes and hurricanes, and tornados. Man can assume that weapons of mass destruction are powerful. But not one of those things has the power to wash sins away. But the blood of a man who died nearly two thousand years ago still has the power to cleanse our souls.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move about the earth. God's word will continue to impact people when they see faithful Christians doing good, and letting their light shine. Some people will read the Bible for the very first time, and realize how much they need the Lord's guidance.
4. God will continue to honor the praises of His people. The effectual prayer of a righteous man avails much. When people pray according to the will of God, great things will happen.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching. In other words, there will still be preachers who will speak the truth even while it is not popular.
6. There will still be people happy to sing praises to God. Singing is one of the best forms of enjoyment that we can participate in, and it is one of the few acts of worship where everyone shares and participates in the same efforts. Singing of the saints is probably the purest form of worship known to mankind.
7. God will still pour out His blessings upon His people. Yes and when we benefit, others will benefit as well. When we share the blessings of God, we help people to see what being a Christian is all about. But remember, that each person must obey God to receive the spiritual blessings that are only found in Christ Jesus.
8. There will still be and always will be room at the cross. Jesus died for everyone, and God's grace is offered to everyone. Anyone who chooses to obey God will be welcomed by God and Jesus, no matter what they may have done in the past.
9. Jesus will still love you. His great love provides the hope of our salvation. His is a love that on His part is unconditional. However if we are to benefit from His love, we must meet certain conditions. Trust and faith in Christ, and obedience to His word is necessary to receive His blessings.
10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him in obedience. It does not matter what one has done in the past, as long as a person is alive, they have the free will choice to serve God and be obedient to the Christ. Nobody has sinned so much that God cannot reach and aide them.
With all the uncertainty and problems facing our world today, the best thing we can do is realize who is really in charge of things.
We can appreciate these because the word of the Lord abides forever, and does not change.
Let us work together to allow more people to see these blessings and help them find true happiness in the next year as well as every year to come.
Those who are Christians should take inventory and realize that we have most likely failed in helping people see the Christ in us. Let us resolve to let our light shine, and assist all we come in contact with to learn what the benefits of serving Christ has in store for them.
Things will not be so bleak and depressing when we come to the realization that God is in control. Let us trust Him.
By Carey Scott
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