Thought For The Month

January 2022

"In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.""

John 3, v3

"Fast away the old year passes..." But we can be new and fresh and clean (cf. 2Cor4, v17). Kingdom people are those who have been born fresh and new through the power of The Spirit and the grace of God (cf. John 3, vs3-7; Titus 3, vs3-7; John 1, v11). So as we close out the old year & go into the new, with its good things and bad, achievements and failures, successes and disappointments, let's approach that new year as Kingdom people. God's mercies are new every morning and our lives can be made new everyday by the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Yes, we have been born again. But each sunrise offers us the opportunity to be made new, to live in a fresh new way, as God's grace rekindles our hopes and the Holy Spirit makes us new as we trust in Jesus our Lord.

Our Prayer

Heavenly Father, you are holy and righteous. We confess that as hard as we have tried and as much as we have wanted to be holy and righteous, without your grace and the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, we fail. Thank you for your forgiveness. Please make us new. As we go into a new year, please empower us beyond our weaknesses and besetting sins. Open our eyes to your work in the world around us and use us in your work of grace. Fire our passions to live fully for your Kingdom and our King, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.