You beat yourself over the head thinking I should have known better.
In January I made a resolution not to do this but here I am in July and I’m gossiping again.
Here I am in May, not having my devotion again.
Here I am, watching too much television again. I’ve been caught.
But the text says that someone came and delivered us from the trap of the bait-layer. Someone came and freed us from the penalty of sin and guilt.
I’m glad to tell you today that even though we may have fallen down this year.
Even though we may have failed this year.
Even though we may have messed up this year, thanks be to God because He didn’t leave us in our own mess.
He came and delivered us.
He broke the shackles of sin.
He loosed us from the chains of guilt.
He paid our penalty and gave us liberty.
My second point is when we look back over this year we realize that we have not been perfect, but we have a God who never did leave us nor forsake us.
He didn’t give up on us.
He didn’t throw in the towel on our lives.
He is slow to anger somebody and plenteous in mercy.
I’m so glad that he lifted me out of the miry clay of my mistakes.
He set me free. He set me free.
Tell the bait-layer, the enemy of our souls, the devil that God set us free by His blood, by His power, we are free. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
As I close today, verse 8 gives us our resolution for every New Year.
When you are looking back, never forget to look up.
When you are looking forward, never forget to look up.
“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
You see church as we face the unknown year ahead of us there is only one thing we should fear.
In Life Sketches p. 196, Ellen White writes that, “We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.”
The only problem we have is when we forget where our help came from.
Looking back over our lives this year, we should never believe that our help came from our bank account.
Our help didn’t come from where we live or what we drive.
Our help didn’t come from the schools we went to.
Our help didn’t come the Democrats or the Republicans.
Our help didn’t come from the bottle or some pills.
Our help didn’t come from any man or woman.
Our help didn’t come from who or what we know.
No our help came from the Lord.
We made it this year because He took us through our troubles.
We made it this year because when the going got tough, God got tougher. We made it this year because for every problem He was the problem solver. We made it this year because for every rushing water in our lives, He was a bridge over troubled waters.
We made it because for every heartache that we had he was a heart fixer.
We made it because every time we fell, He picked us up.
Every time we were knocked down He told us to get back up again.
Every time we failed, He covered us with His victory.
We made it because our help came from the Lord.
Now this year may be over and we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief, but let me tell you that the next year is one in which we don’t know what’s ahead.