VIDEO Let All Past Troubles be Forgot

December

Let All Past Troubles be Forgot (A Christian Version of “Let Old Acquaintance be Forgot”) by Daniel Whyte III and Daniella Whyte

“If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation, the old has passed away, the new has come.”
2 Corinthians 5:17

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”
Psalm 20:4

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
Proverbs 16:3

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
Proverbs 19:21

No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.
Philippians 3:13-14

“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight”
Proverbs 3:5

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.
James 4:13-16

Yesterday

You shall not go out with haste,…for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. —Isaiah 52:12

Security from Yesterday. “…God requires an account of what is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15). At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present.

Security for Tomorrow. “…the Lord will go before you….” This is a gracious revelation— that God will send His forces out where we have failed to do so. He will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures, as would undoubtedly happen if He were not our “rear guard.” And God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience.

Security for Today. “You shall not go out with haste….” As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.

Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.

by Oswald Chambers

The Light of Truth

Psalm 119:97-106

A thinking person doesn’t drift through life, making decisions according to what looks or feels best. Acting on the basis of feelings will place a person at the mercy of Satan, who uses “spin,” deception, and half-truths to trap victims in the bondage of sin. But wise men and women—those who seek truth to guide them through life—can avoid the snare of poor choices and negative consequences.

The only perfectly dependable source of truth is Scripture. Living by biblical principles protects believers from the Enemy’s deceptions. He may try to deceive with outright contradictions to the truth, but those are easy to detect. The greater danger is the lie that contains an element of fact, which makes it both persuasive and difficult to refute.

Since such half-truths flow freely today, it’s vital that Christians be able to discern between truth and Satan’s twisted version of reality. If we make a decision based on an error in our thinking, we are likely to step out of the Lord’s will and into pain or embarrassment. But God has made provision for our weaknesses. He’s given us His Word and His Spirit so we can fill our minds with truth and live out His principles through divine power.

Living without biblical truth is like walking in the woods at night. The darkness is so complete that we repeatedly trip. But when we use the Scriptures as a guide—“a lamp for [our] feet”—we can see deception lying across our path like a fallen log (Ps. 119:105 NIV). We can also see our way around it so that our testimony is not harmed by stumbling.

Times and Seasons

“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” (Acts 1:7)

Just before Christ ascended into heaven, His disciples asked Him, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” (v. 6). Christ refrained from answering their question as they had hoped, but in His wisdom He used the occasion to teach them that some information is for God alone, including the “times and the seasons.” In our finiteness, we are unable to handle too much information, and should we know even a small part of the “knowledge [which] is too wonderful for me” (Psalm 139:6), we would use it improperly.

The prophet taught the same lesson many years before: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). God has graciously revealed enough that we know He has a wonderful plan, but the details are known by Him alone. They are under His “own power,” or authority. Certainly He knows the future, but more than that, He controls it.

And why not? He created time (Genesis 1:1); surely He can exercise authority over it. Surely the “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Revelation 22:13) can control the destinies of individuals and nations. “Power” to work out His good pleasure rests solely with “the only wise God our Saviour . . . now and ever” (Jude 25).

Even though this “power” is His alone, His promise to the disciples that “ye shall receive power [a different word than that in verse 7, here meaning strength]” (Acts 1:8) has been fulfilled in the person of the Holy Spirit. We have what we need to be “witnesses” of that which we know of Him, to “the uttermost part of the earth.” JDM

Do Something Different This Christmas!

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What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received? For children, it could be the latest toy or game that they have been bugging their parents for. For youth, perhaps new clothes, new shoes, or even the latest handphone they have been eyeing. For adults, maybe a new piece of furniture, quality time with family, or simply, rest from their hectic work life.

As a youth, my Christmas wants include the new iPhone 6 Plus, a new top, and quality time with my loved ones. But a recent conversation with a friend got me rethinking where I had been placing my emphasis on.

– Me: Christmas is here again! I am so happy that Christmas is finally here after a year.
– Friend: What’s so nice about Christmas?
– Me: Just think of all the gifts you are going to receive—the cards and letters that your loved ones are going to write to you. More importantly, the wonderful time that you are going to spend with your loved ones during this season.
– Friend: Well, I beg to differ, I think that Christmas is too commercialized.
– Me: How so?
– Friend: I have a gift exchange with my friends and the budget we’ve set per gift is $40 because everything is so expensive during this season. While I agree with what you say about giving and receiving, I feel Christmas has become too commercialized. As for quality time with your loved ones, that’s good. This is a time where family and friends come together. But if the gathering only happens because it’s a public holiday, then the purpose is lost.

I nodded in silence as I thought through what my friend had said. I felt a sudden sadness as I realized the true meaning behind Christmas is often lost in our day and age. Its significance is muted by commercialization and at times, mindless traditions.

Christmas is the day we remember God gave us His Son. It was an intentional and deliberate act so that we can be reconciled with God. Not only did Jesus come to earth in the form of a man, He suffered, experienced temptations like us, and eventually bore our sins and took our place on the cross.

Let’s follow God’s example and be intentional this Christmas. For example, if we meet a group of friends who are unbelievers, let’s be intentional to reflect Christ in our actions or even share the gospel with them. If we are meeting friends who are believers, let’s make an extra effort to ensure that God is at the center of whatever we do and say.

This Christmas, how about challenging yourself to go beyond what you usually do? I don’t mean to stop all the gift exchanges and meetings but to be intentional in our gatherings with friends. And how about giving God a “free gift” of our own—a willing heart to obey and trust Him completely?

Have a very blessed Christmas!

By Chloe Pee

There remaineth yet very much land to be possessed

There remaineth yet very much land to be possessed. Joshua 13:1

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Be ye therefore perfect. — Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment.

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit.

There remaineth … a rest for the people of God. — Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.

Philippians 3:12. Matthew 5:48. 2 Peter 1:5-7. Philippians 1:9. 1 Corinthians 2:9,10. Hebrews 4:9. Isaiah 33:17.

The Lord thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place

The Lord thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place. Deuteronomy 1:31

I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. — In his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. —As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the LORD alone did lead him.

Even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. — This God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee. — Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.

Exodus 19:4. Isaiah 63:9. Deuteronomy 32:11,12. Isaiah 46:4. Psalm 48:14. Psalm 55:22. Matthew 6:25,32. 1 Samuel 7:12.