Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
QUICK GO TO THE GYM RIGHT AWAY!!
Is this not the way we feel at the New Year? We MUST make some "changes" in our lives; we MUST turn over a new leaf. But in our relationship with the Lord, we recall from Lamentations 3:21-23 "Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions they fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness."
How can we experience the freshness of God's Holy Spirit in our lives each day, filling us with joy, freeing us from bondages of our own making, and empowering us to live a NEW life each morning? Answer: meditate day and night upon the incomparable, hope-giving promises of God. As the verse above shows us, even in the face of apparently utter defeat we can have the full assurance of hope comes from meditating on the promises of God's Word. God fills us with hope and power by filling us with His own words of promise. Therefore, the way to be filled with the Spirit is to be filled with His Word. The way to have the power of the Spirit is to believe the promises of His Word.
Blessings in the New Year!