“Happy New Year – 2016”

Trials & Tribulations – did you have any of these in 2015?? John 16:33 states: “In this life you will have trials & tribulations, but take heart I [CHRIST] have overcome the world.”

Trials & Tribulations are part of all of our lives and if we focus on them our joy will be stolen. Paul wrote to the church @ Philippi – “Rejoice in the LORD always, again I will say Rejoice….” // James wrote to believers – “Count it all joy, my brothers when you fall into trials of various kinds….”

Worry about the past steals our joy for the present. Anxiety about the future steals our time for today. “Fear not” is stated 365 times in the scriptures and is the most frequently stated command in the scriptures.
So how do we find true joy & happiness in this life? It’s by placing our faith and hope in the ONE WHO does not change. Our circumstances change daily. Trials & Tribulations ebb and flow through the fabric of our daily lives. In Hebrews 13:8 we read, “JESUS CHRIST is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Drawing close to HIM in spite of our circumstances is the Biblical formula for a truly Happy New Year…

My prayers is that each of us would get to know our CREATOR – REDEEMER & SUSTAINER even better in 2016!!!
Shalom!!! Larry ><>

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