Four Reasons to Face the New Year without Fear

December 30, 2014 by Keith   Comments (2)

God's Word brings us a comforting promise, along with an insightful command as we face a new year: "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man shall do unto me" (Hebrews 13:5-6).

We can live this coming year without fear if we apply these four incredibly wonderful truths to our lives and root them deep into our hearts.

The Contentment of His Provision

Contentment is not getting what you want, but it is wanting what you already have. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 says, "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us therewith be content." If you know Jesus Christ, you have contentment. If you've got clothes on your back, something to eat, and Jesus Christ in your heart, you're rich!

Do you know why we have fear? Because we think our needs or the needs of someone we love are not going to be met. Or we fear that the things we think are meeting our needs are going to be taken away from us. The deepest need of your heart can only be met in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Companionship of His Presence

I don't know what I'm going to face next year. But there's one thing I know, He will never leave me. Are you a child of God? He will never leave you either. Isn't that wonderful!

What's another reason we may fear in the coming year? Because we're afraid we're going to have to face something we don't understand, and we're going to have to face it alone.

When God's Word promises that God will never forsake you, it literally means that He will never abandon you. He will not give up on you. We need to practice the presence of the Lord this coming year. When the devil comes and knocks at you heart's door, you can simply say, "Jesus, please go answer the door."

The Confidence of His Promise

We're going to zero in on a little phrase in our verses in Hebrews, "He hath said." A promise is no better than the one who makes it. Who says, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee"? It is the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God. This is the confidence of His promise.

In the coming year, when you say, "God, I just don't have the strength." The omnipotent God will answer, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." When you say, "God, I'm afraid of what is going to happen." The omnipresent God says, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." And when you say, "God, I don't know what to do." The omniscient God will respond, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." He himself hath said it.

The Comfort of His Protection

Hebrews 13:6 promises, "So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." Now, put that with verse 5, which says, "He hath said."

Like I said earlier, I don't know what you're going to go through this coming year. But I know you can boldly say, "The Lord is my helper, so I will not fear what man shall do to me." When you find your contentment, companionship, and confidence in Jesus. Then, you'll find your comfort and courage in Jesus.

Thank you for these timely insights. I lost kidney function in November 2013 and have continued to claim healing. The reason was "sepia poisoning" and at time I've shown improvement; but still on dialysis. I'm 74 years old and resigned from over 50 years of pastoring as a result of my sickness. Don't know what God has in store...lots of wonderful Christian friends encouraging me but I feel like I've been left with nothing to hold on too!

Pastordave2979 Dec 31, 2014 at 4:11 pm Flag as inappropriate

I will Pray for Your healing also Pastordave2979... it can be tough sometimes as we ponder what God's got in store for us in our trials... we have to hold on to His truth though that He sees the much bigger picture and He knows without a doubt what He's doing... our Faith will carry us through these times as I'm sure You have found for Yourself... there is still plenty to do for the Kingdom yet I'm sure so onward we go in to 2015 carrying the banner of our precious Lord and King... we don't know what's ahead of us but we do know that our commander and chief will be by our side throughout it all... what a promise and a comfort to take with us Amen?! It's another exciting journey that stands before us and we stand with You thanking Him for all He's done this year for us all... Praise You Father!!!! Blessings to You Pastordave2979.

Keith Dec 31, 2014 at 5:53 pm Flag as inappropriate