Saturday, 31 December 2011

Crowned With Goodness - Happy New Year!


Happy New Year to all in our Lord Jesus! 

I can't believe that 2011 has just ended. It's been an amazing year to be sure. A LOT has happened, many changes, many sorrows, and also many joys. Floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, revolutions, revolts, victories and defeats, death and destruction, and also revival and joy! These are just the amazing paradoxes of this year. In it all we can say: 'Eben-ezer...Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.' (1 Samuel 7:12b). It is really exciting and humbling to think that we live in days when history is being made. It is days in which our God and our Heavenly Father is working mighty things that we at times do not know or understand. But we can be sure, as His children, that they are always good and full of infinite wisdom. Personally I can declare that He has been faithful. 'Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and they paths drop fatness.' (Psalm 65:11). Amen! Jesus is very good!


Now a new year is before us - 2012! A new beginning and full of new opportunities to experience God's goodness and faithfulness! It is a time of making new resolutions....unfortunately, I'm very bad at keeping them! We need His grace always. My prayer for this new year, it to know the Lord Jesus more. To lose myself and find Him more. It is not always easy, but this is true life and yes, true joy. I want to spend time with Him more. I want to rely and trust Him more fully. I want to see Jesus lifted high in my life, my family, in the Church, and around the world. 

At this moment, let us also remember our brothers and sisters  in the Lord around the world who are suffering and are persecuted. I have in mind the sad bombings of Churches in Nigeria this past Christmas. May the Lord strengthen them and comfort them. 
Tonight is also the 1st anniversary of the bombings of the Church in Alexandria, Egypt where many died and many others were injured. 12 months later, Egypt has undergone unbelievable change. The Church in Egypt has suffered a lot and yet in the midst of that darkness, the Lord Jesus shines in His people. That is a comfort for all His people everywhere. I believe that next year will bring many more changes both on the personal level and on the more general, worldwide level, some perhaps may not be what we would like to have. But through it all, He will be with us and we will see Him, if we just look up to Him and call on His name! 

The following video clip has gone viral on the internet. Though you will most probably never see it on the normal media. It happened a few weeks ago in Cairo, Egypt in the Moukatam Cave Church, during a long 'Night of Prayer and Return to God' meeting in which at least 70,000 people attended. Earlier this year, some members of this Church experienced martyrdom during one of the many attacks on Christians this year. See what the Lord is doing.
'And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.' (Acts 2:21) 
'The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.' (Proverbs 18:10)

Thousands in Egypt shout JESUS for 10 consecutive minutes. It was also totally spontaneous! 

The song "Hail, Jesus, Your my King!' in Arabic while the congregation shouts JESUS!

Amen! May the Lord give us more of this worldwide in this coming new year! 

Before ending, I just want say thank you to all my friends for encouraging me. This year I started blogging. It has been an amazing experience. I look forward to being blessed by all of you again this new year! 
God Bless,

10 comments:

Joy said...

Happy New Year, Sarah!
This is a lovely post and very encouraging, challenging and inspiring! Seeing and knowing the suffering of the Christians in Egypt this year, those two clips touches you so much to see that the Lord has visited His people and is still! Thank you for sharing! I love you!!!
~Joy

April said...

Happy New Year, Sarah! :)

It is so exciting thinking about the New Year, isn't it?

I praise Him for His grace and love this year and trust that His Life in me will be so much more shown forth for this next!

The Lord be with you!

Maddy said...

Dear Sarah,

I'm sorry to be late in saying this, but... Happy New Year!

Great is the Lord's faithfulness. He is our Hope in this new year, and He is Victor!

Yes Amen, may the Lord give us more of this worldwide, in 2012. Through such great devastation, He is uniting His church in Egypt, and it is beautiful and awesome to see the how He moved them to praise Him in such unity.

Love in Him,

Maddy

Sarah said...

Dearest Joy,
Thank you for your encouragement dear sister. You don't know how much I appreciate it!
Happy New Year! Jesus is faithful!
Cheers:)
Sarah

Sarah said...

Happy New Year, April!
I can't wait to see more of His goodness and mercies!

love in Christ,
Sarah

Sarah said...

Dear Maddy,
It's good to hear from you again! Yes, Happy New Year to you dear sister in Lord! I pray He fills you with His joy and peace!

Amen, I pray we see more of His revival-working power this year worldwide! Let this be our prayer.

love,
Sarah

Maddy said...

Dear Sarah,

This is a lovely change to your blog!

God bless,

Love Maddy

Joy said...

Sarah, I LOVE your new blog design! It is really beautiful :).
I love you, dear, sister!
In His love,
~Joy

Sarah said...

Thanks, Maddy. Glad you like it:)
love,
Sarah

Sarah said...

Thanks, Joy!I'm glad you like it, too:)

love,
Sarah

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