New Year’s is the time we all reset our imaginary hour (year) glass that starts us thinking about what we can do to improve ourselves. We all have good resolutions but rarely follow through on them. There are reasons they don’t work, for instance, we set ourselves up for failure when we set “the bar” too high. Keep your resolutions simple and doable and that will help.
Think of one or two improvements or changes you would like to see and don’t give up on the first slip up. It usually takes 30 days for a new habit to stick, so give yourself a chance and within that time if you can’t stick with the resolution re-evaluate what you are doing.
As a Christian and a prepper, my New Year’s resolution is to provide a Sunday school lesson each week beginning the first Sunday of this new year, January 6, the day we observe Epiphany.
Epiphany, the twelfth day after Christmas, it is a holiday in which we remember that the three kings also known as the Magi, came to worship the newborn baby Jesus and to bring him gifts to celebrate his divine birth.
The visit of the Wise Men (Matthew 2:1-12)
The three wise men were thought to be kings, but were looking for Jesus to bring him gifts to worship him. They were willing to risk their own lives in order to honor Jesus.
“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
Why were gold, incense and myrrh brought to baby Jesus by the Magi. There are symbolic meanings throughout the Bible and these may have special meanings but no one knows for sure. In that time, gold was a gift for a king (but in the Old Testament gold was the proper setting for the sanctuary where God dwelt among His people. Incense was meant for deity and again in the Old Testament sacrifices were sprinkles with it. Myrrh was a preparation and was most likely representing preparing for His suffering.
Transformed: More than meets the eye. Romans 12: 1-4
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
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