We’ve decked the halls and sang all the questions, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, “What Child Is This?”, And “Mary, did you know?” the Big Ball dropped with a thunderous countdown, the New Year here, now what?

How do we make it through the year a productive light in this dark world?
Shall we go over the new year’s resolutions of years passed ticking off those we didn’t achieve? Do we empty our bucket list? Should we make a to pact cross our heart and hope to die? That hasn’t worked in the past, so let’s do something different.

Christ came. He was not of this world. Born into the world, not from it. He made history. Holy is He, the King of Kings, yet He came to a lowly stable.
Galatians 4:19 “…Of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.”

Just as Jesus Christ came to mankind from heaven, He must come into us from outside. The key is to prepare your heart as a Bethlehem, the room for the Son of God. We are what we are – unworthy of the presence of God. But the Son came to reconcile us to the Father making us vessels meet for the Master’s use.

Being born again is not a command but the cornerstone that our new life is built upon. We are sustained by God through Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Christ is formed in us. His nature working through us. That’s what allows one to live victoriously.

Away with the resolution and left-handed promises.

Philippians 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do His good pleasure.” Again, I Thessalonians 4:3 “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification.”

One must be equipped with the power endued from on high and take the whole armour of God. Life and the enemy are too much for us on our own. “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Philippians 4:14-17

So rather than singing “Auld Lang Syne”, voice “Because He Lives”, “He’s just the Same Today”, and “Be Strong and True”. Whatever we need to make it clean through this upcoming year, we’re more than a conqueror by the living God.

Reign in the New Year from the little town of Bethlehem in your heart.