Do this now and you will not fear the New Year.
You must do one thing today. If you do it, you will not fear the New Year–guaranteed.
However, don’t fool yourself. 2016 looks dangerous and the last thing you need is Pollyanna advice. So start by separating the wheat from the chaff.
On one hand, it would be a terrible mistake for you to sit back and let 2016 happen because you feel spiritually entitled. Don’t abuse the phrase “it’s all in God’s hands” to justify inaction. When something is truly in God’s hands, He speaks and directs. To ignore that direction is to wrest your safety back from God’s hand.
On the other hand, it is worse to fear the New Year so deeply that you over plan and leave no room for God to work.
So what is the one thing that we must do? For the truth that I am about to relate to stick, you must first see the towering importance of this simple statement: There is nothing more important to you and those you love than victory over a specific contamination that comes at us from American culture. That contamination is that we live in a culture of liars.
Lying, cheating and deceiving for the “greater good” is now so deeply ingrained in our culture that an entire generation may not know what an unselfish motive looks like.
Nothing has ruined us more both inside and outside the church than our hidden agendas. We assume that the voices we hear today are lying: civil rights leaders do not care about black people, feminists do not care about women and ministers do not care about the Word of God. They say they care but we know when they do not.
Lying is the virus and cynicism is the sickness. Cynicism places our emotions under a wicked siege of distrust, defensiveness and dread. It puts us into a whirlpool of stress and confusion until our mind spins and our body shuts down. What good are we to anyone in this condition?
The one thing that you must do is to find your golden motive. There is no treasure that we seek both as individuals and a nation that is more precious than a right motive.
It is time for a fresh definition of FAITH: Faith is now the supernatural conviction that if I have a pure heart in a time when a pure heart is deemed to be a grave handicap, God will reward me in all areas of my life.
I located hundreds of benefits of a pure heart in the Bible. There is not a single area of our lives that will not be blessed by having a golden motive. I saw where it heals our body, pays our bills, causes disaster to go around us, grants wisdom for the most complicated problems and even makes our enemies to be at peace with us.
With so many clear promises in the Bible for those who have a pure heart it was hard to find just one that really drove the point home. Here is my choice:
Psalm 24:3 “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
Men and women of God hear these words: “These free men will serve God and mankind from motives too high to be understood by the rank and file of religious retainers who today shuttle in and out of the sanctuary. The will make no decisions out of fear, take no course out of a desire to please, accept no service for financial considerations, perform no religious act out of mere custom; nor will they allow themselves to be influenced by the love of publicity or the desire for reputation.” – A.W. Tozer
The greatest armor you will wear against evil in the New Year is your motive going into the New Year. If you charge forward determined to live truthfully in an age of liars, God will overtake you with wisdom, safety, favor and abundance. It is simple: God will grant you great things because you can be trusted with great things. HAPPY NEW YEAR!