Where are you going in this new year?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“Where have you come from and where do you want to go?”

God asked a person who was running away this question. It is my favorite devotional thought as I approach the threshold of a new year. When you have reflected on an old year and been filled with resolute thoughts about a new year have you ever had the thought, “I can’t stand another year, or a decade of years, like the years I’ve been having?”

If you have, this is a good New Years devotional thought for you. This question implies that if we do not have a crisis that changes things, we’re headed for more years like the years we’ve been experiencing. The most important change we actually need is that we be changed ourselves.

The Bible tells us that when the Ethiopian can change the color of his skin and the leopard her spots then we who are accustomed to messing things up are going to start getting it right. The good news is that we can meet certain conditions and then be changed by God.

It is possible for God to give us an experience Jesus called being “born again.” When that happens to us we’re told that we are a new creation. Old things have passed away. All things have become new and all this is done by God – not by us. So we’re not doomed to go where we have come from because we can be born again. The how question is answered in one word; that word is “BELIEVE!”

4 Responses to Where are you going in this new year?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Pastor Woodward, I often think of you, Dean and your family. You and Dean were our pastors. We now reside in Florida. Whenever I am faced with a challenge of wills, God or mine, I quote the 4 spiritual truths. Also, I have found that spiritual growth occurs when we surrender and trust in the One who has promised and predestined us to be conformed into His likeness- Jesus Christ. How can we fail, when we have One so faithful to have yielded Himself completely to the Father for our sakes. Thank You.May the Lord continue to strengthen you and bless you and your family. Believe-Trust-YieldIn Christ, Mary

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Pastor Dick,I recently listened to your book on The 4 Spritual Secrets at the recommendation of your son Dean who is my pastor. Even though I have never had the opportunity to meet you personally, I have heard from many folks in the Tidewater area about how your ministry over the years has impacted their lives. My in-laws attended your mini Bible College when you were giving them live and have talked about how good they were.After listening to your book I feel like I know you a little bit and I see much of you in Dean. The willingness that both of you have to share your own struggles and weakness and to do it in the context of God’s sovereign power and grace in our lives. To realize that it is all abouth Him and His glory.I think your 4 Spritual Secrets are a wonderful summary of truths we need to understand in living the Christian life. Listening to your book has strengthened my relationship with Jesus and given me a greater desire to know Him even more.Thanks for sharing your life and journey with Jesus in your book. I know it is certainly true what you shared about the pastor from India who told you God’s ministry in your life will continue after you graduate. Thanks for being obedient and passing on your faith in your family and the many people whose lives you have touched over the years through God in you.God bless you,Dillard George

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  4. Janet says:

    At last! Sonmoee who understands! Thanks for posting!

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