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Proverbs 29:25 "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe."

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."


What will happen in the New Year?

Ecclesiastes 1:9 -Ecclesiastes 3:15

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 3:15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

A. It is amazing just how quickly this past year has gone. The speed of light is presently defined to be about 186,282.397 miles per second. If you travel around the earth’s equator at the speed of light you will travel around the entire planet earth 7.4 times in approximately one second.

The days of 2012 have seemed to have passed faster than the speed of light.

B. As we face a New Year, we look forward to it with excitement and expectation. Not one of us knows what lies ahead so the New Year is unknown territory for each of us. You can read a Fortune Cookie but it will be of no help. No one can predict the future according to Proverbs 27:1 and James 4:13-15.
Proverbs 27:1
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

James 4:13-15 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

C. Though we cannot know future events (I am not including prophesied events such as the Rapture, etc.), we can know certain things that will forewarn us as well as prepare us for the New Year. According to our text, history is prophetic.

Ecclesiastes 3:15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

D. We need to understand that history repeats itself; therefore, we can be both forewarned and forearmed! God holds you and I accountable for what we know and have seen! I still maintain that this is the most accountable generation that has ever lived for two reasons: the example of the past and Bible that we hold in our hands.

E. Hindsight is often said to be “20-20.” Though this is not necessarily always true, it is for the most part. We look back through life and see where we made both good and bad decisions as well as the results of those decisions.

F. It is with blessed assurance that I can say that the future is “20-20” also!
Hindsight proves to the believer that this Bible that I hold in my hands is right: it works!

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

(We can read it, heed it, and trust it. It is a proven Book! Therefore, we can face any new year with hope and confidence.)

Though we do not know what this year holds, there are some things that we can know for certainty.

1. You Can Know For Certain That Satan Will Be Active

(Do not expect to go to heaven on “flowery beds of ease” as long as Satan is not in the Lake of Fire. He hates all that God loves.)
Ephesians 6:11
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

You Can Know For Certain That Society Will Deteriorate - (Sin will escalate until our Lord comes to sit upon the throne of His Father .)
2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

3. You Can Know For Certain That Sin’s Wages Will Be Reaped - (The Judge of all the earth will do right.) Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

4. You Can Know For Certain That God’s Grace Will Be Sufficient - (God will never place more upon us than we can bear. Whatever comes in the new year will be alright.)
2 Corinthians 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

5. You Can Know For Certain That God’s Mercy Will Be Available - (Forgiveness is assured for the heart that believes in God‘s grace.)
Lamentations 3:22-23
It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (23) They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

6. You Can Know For Certain That Your Needs Will Be Met - (David said that he had not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread. We have been well taken care of thus far!)
Philippians 4:19
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

7. You Can Know For Certain That Your Faithfulness Will Be Rewarded
- (Your labor is not vain in the Lord!)
2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (8) Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

8. You Can Know For Certain That The Scripture Will Be Right
- (Not one jot nor tittle has failed nor will it fail!)
Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

9. You Can Know For Certain That God Can Be Trusted – (God will still be God!) Job 13:15
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

Conclusion:I want to leave each of us with a couple of very familiar verses today as we begin a New Year. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6)
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

If you have never asked the Lord to save you, make you ready for Heaven (Eternal Life), ask Him right now and He WILL give you ETERNAL LIFE ! 
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Because of Christ,

Lewis R. Woodard, D.Min.

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