New Year! Expectations

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What are your expectations for the new year?  Many are wishing that they have a better year in 2017 than they did in 2016.  They say ” I sure hope that this year’s better!”  But hoping and wishing and gritting our teeth won’t give us a better year.  Only obedience will.  Only complete obedience to God’s word will.  So if 2017 is going to be a year of great opportunity and success we need to grow closer to God and develop spiritually and for that to happen we must begin with obedience.  You may think, “that’s a lot of rules”  but really there are only 3 basic rules to follow:  First, Read more.  Second, Pray more.  Third, Love more.  Galatians 6 reminds us of this:  

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.