I read this wonderful devotional this week and wanted to share it with you.  Be blessed.

“Jesus has a wonderful way of restoring us when we fail Him!  He does not humiliate us. He does not criticize us.  He does not ask us to make a resolution to try harder.  Rather, He takes us aside and asks us to reaffirm our love for Him.

As you begin your new year, you may be painfully aware that you have failed your Lord in many ways.  Perhaps you were not faithful.  Perhaps you disobeyed His word to you.  Perhaps you denied Him by the way you lived.  Jesus will not berate you.  He will not humiliate you.  He will ask you to examine your love for Him.  He asked Peter, who miserably failed his Lord, “Do you love Me?”  If your answer, like Peter’s, is “Yes, Lord.” He will reaffirm His will for you.  If you truly love Him, you will obey Him (John 14:15).

Jesus does not need your resolutions, your recommitments, your promises to try harder this year.  If your resolve to obey God last year did not help you to be faithful, it will not make you successful this year.  Jesus asks for your love.  If you truly love Him, your service for Him in the new year will be of the quality that He desires”

 -- Richard & Henry T. Blackaby

This Sunday we’ll be watching one of Bill’s sermons from the Summer, about Obedience (Bill was sick last Sunday).  And here is the key to obedience that should be added on to the end of this devotional:  Obedience is God fulfilling a promise to God.  The wonderful thing is, that applies to your life as well – all that is required of you is a willing heart, and that is born supernaturally out of a reaffirmed love for God.  Happy Hope-filled New Year!

Surrounded By Grace,

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