New Year Aspirations

1 01 2007

Happy New Year to anyone who happens to pass by this blog!

I love New Year’s Day. Not because I believe in any of the hype the media spins us about ‘a brand new start’, but because as Christians it affords a tremendous opportunity to reflect on God’s goodness in the past year, and look ahead to what He will achieve in the coming year DV.

A quote which I’ve found very helpful in 2006 is in one of C.H. Spurgeon’s messages regarding our growth as believers. It has helped me enormously in the past year, and I know it will continue to be an inspiration in 2007. I hope it encourages you as well:

‘What downward tendencies the thoughtful must perceive in themselves. We could travel down-hill to hell how easily, but upwards to heaven how hardly! Downward without a hand to help; but upward, no hand less than the Omnipotent must speed our course. Do you not find, Christians, that as men must eat, so you must pray? Is there not a vacuum in your heart, and a pang within it, if you have neglected supplication? Do you not discover that as men must breathe so you must exercise faith on Christ? For if your faith be suspended for a moment there is a suffocation of all your hope, your joy, your love, nay, of your very life. Have you not found that as it is necessary to repair the waste of the body by the frequent meal, so you must repair the waste of the soul by feeding upon the Book of God, or by listening to the preached Word, or by the soul-fattening table of the ordinances? I will not give a farthing for your experience; it cannot be the experience of a child of God, unless you discover a hungering and a thirsting in your inner man, and what are these but proofs that renewal is wanted – signs by which your new nature setteth forth to you a secret necessity which moveth it to these outward longings? Oh! how dull our love becomes if we go for a little time without a sight of Christ! How our faith flickers if we are for a little season absent from the Cross! How depressed are our graces when means are neglected! What poor starvelings some saints are who live without the diligent use of the Word of God and secret prayer! You know you want renewal; you feel you do. What need I say more?’

– C.H. Spurgeon (Sermon 490 ‘Gracious Renewal’)

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