Dear Friends,

Psalm 20: 7

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, 

but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

As we begin this New Year our relationship with the Lord should mean everything to us. He must be Lord in every sense. He must be our Source, all our beginnings and all our endings. This provides the basis of our walk by faith. When we put this into practice, we accept God’s timing for everything and can depend upon His complete faithfulness towards us. Yes, he is a good Father!

Naturally, we are brought up to think of solutions to almost every situation. Our soulish mind is remarkably clever! But the wisdom of God is not found here. Usually, our trying circumstances are a way of the Lord teaching us something. We need to take time to listen and to apply what He may say. This is at first foreign to us because we must not trust in anything of this world but accept that the Lord may lead us quite differently. The Lord uses both natural and supernatural solutions. It reveals that Jesus came to give us a new freedom that comes through the Holy Spirit directing us.

The Word of God, the Bible, teaches us many principles which we must be radical to apply to our lives. However, the detail of a given circumstance will require further revelation from the Lord about how to address the situation. He is quite able to give us precise information. That may be where, when, or how, in simplicity. If we have an incurable disease, we will need the work of the Holy Spirit especially. Nothing in this world can resolve the problem. As the Scripture reminds us above, our trust must be in the name of the LORD our God. It may be the very way the Lord wants to reveal Himself to us in a new way. Our faith will then grow and we will have a greater testimony than before.

In days of uncertainty, with the coronavirus pandemic, we can see it is paramount that we learn to pray and trust the Lord in and for everything. That may mean a remolding of our desires so they become more like His. We must accept change. We must deal with the bad attitudes that cause us to stumble. That enables us to move on when we are challenged by circumstances. We must be humble enough to be able to go down as well as go up!! Hardships and lack for a season are part of the Christian life which we should accept bravely. This also helps to keep us looking to the Lord and encouraging us to keep ourselves in His love (Jude 21).

The name of the Lord contains all His attributes and reminds us that all that God truly is, is there to meet our need. This takes us far beyond ourselves as the apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians 3: 20:-

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…

When we depend upon the Lord first and are supported by godly friends around us, we will be able to stand strong in the Lord always. This is what the Lord wants.

Let us fully trust in the Lord for 2021.

God bless you,

Pastor Keith Pascoe