January 1


Take one giant step now into the new year.

Stepping into a new year is sort of exciting, huh?
This bundle that God will place before us will certainly have an assortment of days.
Naturally for some there will be more days than for others - for, after all, we can only extract one day at a time.
And as we approach these days “that will be” we approach them with our own thoughts.
But, as the train moves, so does the light from the locomotive.
>One day at a time.

I look into this new year and see the days that will be...How many?

You are probably thinking - “Well, 365, of course.”

But I would like to suggest to you that there will be only 4.
I list them now even by name:

One of the days will be a DAY OF OPPORTUNITY

We say “Happy New Year” and if it is to be happy and new, one must take advantage of new opportunities.
Happy New Year? Well, the Bible says, “If you want to be happy, be kind to the poor.” (Prov. 14:21)
Serving our fellow man...or in terms of the Bible, “our neighbor”.
There will days of opportunity and they may not knock twice!!
Take advantage of any daily "divine appointments" that may cross your path.

Then there is Day Two: I call it DAY OF DARKNESS

Yep! Call me "spiritual meteorologist" - Dr. Neal.
These days have morning, noon and night divisions.
For example:
time of “sorrow”, “chastening”, “correction”, “trials”, “difficulties”
--need I go on?
God is going to prove you in the days that will be, for we are told in Exodus 15:25: “There He proved them.”
There will be "this day" for every one reading these lines.
Now, I don’t like crisis', but I have learned that what can come out of them is not only good--- but also for my benefit!

Day Three will be a DAY OF JOY

Now, those are my kind of days!.
I do not know how many I will have...but chances are there will be a lot of them, because some days I will make it so.
I say that in light of an old poem that is entitled, “Get a transfer”.
It goes like this.... "If you are on the gloomy, grouchy line - - get a transfer !"
Jesus said, regarding obeying the commands,
“I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)

Then, there is Day Four coming up, I call it DAY OF DECISION

You live in a world of decisions.
Already ,if you are reading this, you have made a decision to read this article.
But in the "days that will be" decision after decision will be yours.
There will be some days that you will have to make a really hard decision,
and at that time and on that day you must pray for the mind of Christ in the decision.
For, after completing the year and extracting all the days-- for one to say,
“This has been the Lord’s doings and it is marvelous in our eyes.”
that will come only after praying and living “Thy will be done”.
It must be His will- not ours -that we always try to decide to choose.

So, for us, in opening the new bag of days, our attitude and our prayer must be,
“This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind (last year)
and reaching forth unto those things which are before(the new year)
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus.” Phil.3:13



Dr. Neal and Nancy Carlson

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* the above article was written by Dr.Neal Carlson--January 2005 and has been edited, with the author's permission, for use on this page.





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