Posted By Nan

This is the time of year people turn their thoughts to the New Year. The old year is almost over and there is a brand new year starting. They symbolism of the new, with its freshness, the so called ‘blank slate’ is irresistible. Consequently people seek to be better in that freshness. And so are born the New Year Resolutions.

A few years ago I was introduced to the idea of a word for the year. A word to focus on in God. I started with a year of focusing on Trust. Then a year of focusing on waiting. Both very powerful foci that were very pertinent to my situation. An hour ago I submitted my research paper, the last part of my Master degree. Now I am finished and oh what a wonderful 2018 I am looking forward to!

If I launch into the new year on my own then I will quickly run out of steam. I may try and try but I will not accomplish much. But I have survived the past three years of my Masters in God’s strength. Every paper I have written, every deadline I have struggled to meet, have all been overseen by God and been accomplished in His strength. So right now I am very grateful to God for His wonderful provision in giving me the strength for the last final push after three years of His sustenance.

So what is the word I am focusing on this year? God revealed it to me two weeks ago. It is a phrase actually. “Follow Me”.

I have a long list of Bible verses which I look forward to studying in the coming year. Preliminary reading has indicated the diverse nature of the instruction to follow.

Exodus 23:2 tells me to not follow the crowd in doing wrong. A very important instruction to remember as I step out into 2018.

Psalm 23:6 reminds me that love and goodness will follow me. Such encouragement.

Matthew 16:24 instructs me to take up my cross and follow Jesus. For me, that is the crux of the instruction to follow Jesus. Seeking for there to be less of me and more of Him.

Coupled with the previous verse is John 12:26 that whoever serves Jesus must follow Him.

Then there is the instruction to follow the Lamb wherever He goes (Revelation 14:4) and follow Him wholeheartedly Numbers 32:11).

My favourite verse from this list is John 8:12 “… I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” NIV.

I look forward to 2018 and walking in the light of life.

What word for the 2018 has God given you?

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