Linger Not in the Past-A New Year Message

Text:
Numbers 23:19 (NIV)
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?


Mal 3:6
Good News Bible (GNB)

“I am the LORD, and I do not change”. 


Isaiah 43:18-20 
New International Version (NIV)
18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? 
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen,

 
Introduction

2018 New Year message invites us to ponder on four things in life. They are first, time passes by; second, things inevitably go to corruption; third, God is immutable; fourth, linger not in the past.

But before we go to our reflection let’s have a little background on what is New Year’s Day, the first day of the year, January 1 in the Gregorian calendar?

In the Middle Ages, most European countries used the Julian calendar and observed New Year’s Day on March 25, called Annunciation Day and celebrated as the occasion on which it was revealed to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God.

With the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, Roman Catholic countries began to celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1.

Scotland accepted the Gregorian calendar in 1600; Germany, Denmark, and Sweden about 1700; and England in 1752.

Traditionally, the day has been observed as a religious feast, but in modern times the arrival of the New Year has also become an occasion for spirited celebration and the making of personal resolutions.

The Jewish new year is called Rosh Hashanah, or the Feast of Trumpets, and is prescribed by the Old Testament as a holy Sabbath. It is celebrated on the first and second days of Tishri (generally in September).

The Chinese celebrate New Year’s Day sometime between January 10 and February 19 of the Gregorian calendar. It is their most important holiday.


Body

I.  Time passes by
Cannot be hindered

It will not return:  they may be laid waste or fruitful


II.  Things inevitably go to corruption
Cannot be hindered
Everything goes to waste, and nothing is saved

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III.  God is immutable
God is not carried away by time
God stays forever the same:  His power, memory, compassion and all attributes
God holds the things: tangible and unseen

IV.  Linger not in the past
Appreciate the present
Chart positive outlook for the future
Stay with God, he is making a new thing

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V. The Challenge
Which is the better option, to go with the changing and corruptible things or to stay and go with God, the immutable one?

A song entitled “Time to Change”  is dedicated to all of us for this new year.

 

Lyrics

It’s time for us to make our dreams come true.
A guiding voice will tell us what to do.
It’s a time to change ourselves and show the world.
That we still care for men and will lead them there.


We’ll lead them to a place beyond the sea.

A place of love where everyone is free.
Don’t despair the path to happiness is wide.
If we must change our ways call on God for our guide.