1. HEART THAT THANKS THE LORD
The Lord protected us, provided for us, and guided us all the 365 days of 2011.
It is purely the grace and mercy of God that we have sustained all that came in our way.
" Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all hi benefits-”
We rebelled against Him in many ways; we neglected His Word many days; we did not spend any time on some of the days; and we did not have time for the Lord most of the days.
Lamentations 3:22-2 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."
So we must have heart of thanks to the Lord.
2. HEART THAT TELLS OTHERs
We should not keep it to our self all that we have received from the Lord.
We must share it with others what the Lord has done for us when the opportunity is given.
Share it and express it with others, Talk about them
PSALM 96:3" Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples."
3. HEART THAT THINKS SERIOUSLY
Just take moment and think about our way of living throughout 2011.
We must examine our hearts to see if there is anything that grieved the Holy Spirit.
We must have a heart to think and experience a thorough spiritual checkup.
HAGGAI 1:5:5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.
6 You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You
drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn
wages, only to put them in a purse with holes it.”
4. HEART THAT TURNS AROUND
After giving a careful thought to our life in 2011 we must take a decision to turn from everything that is not right before God.
2 CHRONICLES 7:14
" if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
" Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
STEPPING INTO 2012 WE MUST POSSESS THREE THINGS.
1. A HEART THAT TRUSTS IN THE LORD
At the beginning of a New Year we must take a decision to trust the Lord.
PROVERBS 3:5-6 " Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
2 A HEART THAT THIRSTS FOR THE LORD
We must be filled with a strong hunger and thirst for the Lord. Spiritual appetite is a strong indication of spiritual health.
PSALM 42:1-2 " As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?"
MATTHEW 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. "
3. A HEART THAT TOILS FOR THE LORD
" But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond The River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for
me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
Our #1 priority of 2012 should be to serve the Lord faithfully no matter what.
This decision can impact our lives not only in 2012 but throughout our lives.