“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” Isa. 26:3, 4.
I wish you a happy New Year. Let us put away everything like distrust and want of faith in Jesus forever. Let us commence a life of simple child-like trust, not relying upon feeling but upon faith.
Let us enter upon the New Year with our hearts cleansed from the defilement of selfishness and pride. Let us put away every sinful indulgence, and seek to become faithful, diligent learners in the school of Christ. A New Year opens its unsullied pages before us. What shall we write upon them?
Seek to begin this year with right purposes and pure motives, as beings who
are accountable to God. Ever bear in mind that your acts are daily passing into history by the pen of the recording angel. You must meet them again when the Judgment shall sit and the books shall be opened….
Shall we not in this New Year seek to correct the errors of the past? It behooves us individually to cultivate the grace of Christ, to be meek and lowly of heart, to be firm, unwavering, steadfast in the truth; for thus only can we advance in holiness, and be made fit for the inheritance of the saints in light. Let us begin the year with an entire renunciation of self; let us pray for clear discernment, that we may understand our Saviour’s claims upon us, and that we may always and everywhere be witnesses for Christ.
So then, “see… that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Eph. 5:15-17.
Solemnly covenant with our loving heavenly Father, and with one
another, that, by God’s help, we will make the year… better than the one
just past, by talking less and praying more, and by learning to be more kind
and courteous and tender-hearted and pitiful, one toward the other, and that when speaking of our brethren, we will take as our motto, in the
words of Paul, that supreme and sublime injunction: “Finally,
brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things
are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
In making the above resolution, we were mindful of what the servant of
the Lord wrote to her son on his birthday, calling his attention to the fact
that no resolution made and undertaken in his own strength would avail
anything. The letter admonishes in part: “Your resolutions may be good and
sincere, but they will prove a failure unless you make God your strength, and move forward with a firm determination of purpose.”
TDG 9.2, OHC 7.3, OHC 7.4, LHU 15.5, Vol. 2 S.Code No. 12 pg. 2-3.