7 daily reminders for a new year

1. Reaffirm salvation as God’s undeserved gift 

  • Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
  • Titus 3:5-6 “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior”
  • Galatians 2:21 ”if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

2. Rest in God’s promise of forgiveness and security

  • I John 1:9; 2:1-2 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness…. if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
  • Romans 8:1, 38-39 – “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus … For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

3. Rely on God’s strength for life and ministry

  • II Corinthians 4:7 – “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
  • Galatians 3:3; 5:16, 25  – “Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
  • Colossians 1:28-29 – “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.”
  • II Corinthians 3:5 – “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”

4. Encounter God based on Hebrews 4:12 & 16

  • Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
  • Hebrews 4:16 – “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (NLT)

5. Live my salt and light identity

  • Matthew 5:13-16 – “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (NLT)

6. Recommit to Colossians 3:23 in all I do

Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man”

7. Reflect often on my ultimate citizenship

  • Philippians 3:20-21 – “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
  • II Corinthians 4:16-18 – “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Steve Cornell

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6 Responses to 7 daily reminders for a new year

  1. Aimee Byrd says:

    Thanks for sharing all that great Scripture!

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