As 2019 has now arrived, we are more dedicated to not simply rest “at ease in Zion” like Amos told the folks there not to be, trusting simply in the mountain of Samaria far from God (Amos 6:1).

We must not be complacent with simply how anti-Christ events are growing in both the world and also in America. Distresses are increasing in folks’ spiritual beliefs as they reject the 1611 Bible we have had in mankind’s possession for over 400 years. Churches seem to be faltering more quickly as Bible preaching in many churches is less concentrated upon.

In no way can we resolve to content our lives and families with dereliction of duty mandated by less Bible study. Many churches have not “stepped it up” in battling the demises of mankind. So much has become just a part of the motions that provide pastors with secure incomes. Lots of churches have lost God-honoring visions. Folks have lost Biblical hearts to see others get gospel tracts and hear a few verses that could convince folks for their need to welcome Jesus as personal Savior for their eternity in Heaven. This work in each Christian life needs to be resurrected and sought out in our lives.

It will help us to follow being faithful more now than ever before in our lives. We realize that none of us can be perfect or as right and as clean as God desires each of us to become. Not satisfied with our losses, we must resolve to learn and accept more of God by studying the Bible and praying throughout anytime our brains can resolve to do so. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 that we need to “Rejoice evermore … Pray without
ceasing … In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” What a lifetime of dedication that wonderfully begins when we believe in Jesus Christ as Savior!

We will find in the Bible the folks of faith. Knowing about them, whenever they lived, will plant new desires in our hearts to help us advance this year in our hearts. We need to better give ourselves to what God has written and then resolve to more fully follow the Lord Himself. Here at the first of 2019, we will greatly follow those in the past whose faithfulness is worthy of our following.

We will be better off to dare for God in being and doing what He honestly tells our hearts to resolve and decide in truth of our lives. We cannot put off the highly important decisions to grow and advance in the Christian life. We can do more in our lives to honor and please the true Lord. If the end of 2019 comes about into our lives, won’t it be simply wonderful to take stock of what God has done in our days? To accept each day for Him to dictate in us, it will be greatly better, no matter the number of years.

People everywhere meeting us in the days of life need Jesus as Savior. We need to have gospel tracts in our hands and gospel truths in our voices. It is right for a Christian to be the Lord’s witness to anybody we can. This year, we must decide to step up more fully to the concern for folks not yet headed to Heaven. The Bible tells us in Matthew 7:13 that we must: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that
leadeth to destruction (in Hell), and many there be which go in thereat.”

It is so difficult but truthful to know that without Jesus Christ as personal Savior, any hope to live forever in Heaven is impossible!

We need this year to ask God to help us stay more clean to the obvious truths. Trashy lifestyles and common bad habits are absolutely wrong. We must “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). We cannot do much about the sin and ungodliness in the world today. What is ours to do is to decide to step closer in our hearts to Christ and thus give ourselves to a more Godly heart in our 2019 lives.

Our Gospel Church needs to be more of a rescue mission. If someone comes poorly dressed and dirty-smelling, we need to encourage their strong attention to Bible-preaching and loving Christians. Our church this year needs to be more warm and alive to the lost folks with an interest in their personal salvation.

Preaching needs to be truthful and to protect the Bible and the calling of God. Any interest in folks who give so much money and expertise to the church has nothing to do with their need in salvation and spiritual growth. God will take care of any funds given to build the church once the pastor is fully given to preaching and teaching the Bible.

The real Church that glorifies God will not just be involved in society’s demands for equity in everyone’s life. God guarantees that He will take care of injustices. Our great need is to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18). We Christians need to fully warn any who
plunge daily closer to the abyss of Hell without Christ.

Frances Havergal (1836-79) wrote the song “Take My Life and Let It Be,” going on in the first verse:
“Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.”
Verse three goes on:
“Take my lips and let them be,
Filled with messages for Thee;
Take my silver and my gold –
Not a mite would I withhold.”
The last verse concludes so strongly:
“Take my love – my God, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store
Take myself – and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee
Ever, only, all for Thee.”

What a prayer to have a Heaven-bound person recite to seek in this new year of our lives! 2019 is absolutely no time to drift. The battle for truth now is more important than ever. We cannot be so slack in not giving the need for Christ to others.

As Christians, we owe the Lord absolutely our best, thinking often of the needs for others to accept Christ.

The Lord’s business in our lives needs to be conducted now without apology or faltering. God’s best to you!

R.D. “Bob” Hottle is a retired schoolteacher, farmer and pastor of the Anchor Baptist Church.