3 Truths to Remember in the New Year

 
Every New Year is an opportunity to start afresh, to renew our vision, and to dream big for our future. Yet, along with its optimism, the New Year can also bring us uncertainty and fear of the unknown. What if my company downsizes? What if I gain weight instead of losing it? What if my spouse gets cancer?
 
Each of us faces the temptation to choose fear instead of faith. Yet, as God challenged Joshua thousands of years ago, He is challenging you and me to walk by faith. 
 
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
 

Here are 3 fear-shattering truths to remember in the New Year.



Speaking Apples of Gold

Proverbs 25:11 tells us, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Are we speaking apples of gold? Too often, we speak words at the wrong time, out of place. They clash with the beauty of life and strike a jarring, dissonant chord. We wish we could swallow those words and, sometimes, the pain they cause. But this verse offers hope. We can learn to speak words of wisdom, life, and hope—in other words, apples of gold.
 


Cracking the Code of Contentment

In our culture, contentment is becoming more and more rare. How many people do you know who are completely satisfied with what they have? Too often, we overlook the blessings we have. Instead, we gaze longingly at the Gucci purse across the aisle, the title on the office across the hall, and the Camaro across the fence. We want contentment, but it seems elusive, vague, and unattainable. In Philippians 4, the apostle Paul cracked the code of contentment for us. Do you want true contentment? Read on to discover two simple choices he made.

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