1. Beloved, you and I are by no means more righteous than some who perished in 2021, “Or those eighteen, upon whom the TOWER in SILOAM FELL, and SLEW them, think ye that they were SINNERS above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, EXCEPT YE REPENT, ye shall all LIKEWISE PERISH” [Luke 13:4-5] I speak to those looking forward to the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, STAND FAST IN THE LORD; I see “MEN’S HEARTS FAILING them for FEAR, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the POWERS of HEAVEN shall be SHAKEN” [Luke 21:26] POWERS of heaven are “SHAKEN” to prepare the way of the MAN OF SIN, “… whose coming is after the WORKING of SATAN with all POWER and SIGNS and LYING WONDERS, And with all DECEIVABLENESS of UNRIGHTEOUSNESS in them that PERISH; because they received not the love of the TRUTH, that they might be SAVED” [2 Thessalonians 2:9-10] Governments and all paraphernalia of CONTROL shall be mired in confusion as the world settles into a “NEW NORMAL”, fueled by “DECEIVABLENESS of UNRIGHTEOUSNESS” “Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so STAND FAST IN THE LORD, my dearly beloved” [Philippians 4:1]

2. This year, like any other, cars will be bought, houses built and daughters given in marriage; the Sun will appear in the east and set in the west. If you will STAND FAST IN THE LORD, you will SEE beyond the façade of normalcy; a growing campaign of DECEIT, “after the WORKING of Satan”. As the days go by, foundations of human wisdom shall be sore tested and citadels of strength demystified as uncertainties morph into frustration. The FAITH of many shall be “SHAKEN”, and WHEAT separated from CHAFF but “They that TRUST IN THE LORD shall be as mount Zion, which CANNOT BE REMOVED, but ABIDETH FOR EVER” [Psalms 125:1] Take note, CHAFF was WHEAT, until it lost “MOISTURE”, dried up and blown away. As we journey into the new year, let every man examine his root, whether it is in “MOISTURE” or exposed to the “WIND”. This year, “WINDS” of heaven shall blow hard and hot, and some who were once “FRESH” shall WITHER, as it is written: “IF A MAN ABIDETH NOT IN ME, he is cast forth as a branch, and is WITHERED; and men gather them, and CAST INTO THE FIRE, and they are burned” [John 15:6] In the “SHAKING”, every foundation shall be tried whether it is on the ROCK or “SINKING SAND”. The ROCK is God manifest in Jesus Christ to SAVE us from this evil world, “… a TRIED STONE, a precious CORNER STONE, a SURE FOUNDATION: he that BELIEVETH shall not make haste” [Isaiah 28:16]

3. You have not gone this way before, STAND FAST IN THE LORD, who declares “… the END from the BEGINNING, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, MY COUNSEL SHALL STAND, and I will do all my pleasure” [Isaiah 46:10] This year, make up your mind to STAND in the Lord and you will not be entangled in the yoke of BONDAGE, “STAND FAST therefore in the LIBERTY wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be NOT ENTANGLED again with the yoke of BONDAGE” [Galatians 5:1] Determine to do away with those things, which though “LAWFUL”, DISTRACT to bring you into BONDAGE, for “All things are LAWFUL unto me, but ALL THINGS ARE NOT EXPEDIENT: all things are lawful for me, but I will NOT be BROUGHT UNDER the POWER of ANY” [1 Corinthians 6:12] Sometimes our PAST, pleasant or otherwise, DISTRACT us with FEAR or COMPLACENCY; this year, move on, “… FORGETTING THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I PRESS FORWARD the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” [Philippians 3:13-14] Present climate of instability and uncertainties are SNARES in the journey of FAITH; STAND FAST IN THE LORD, make Him your priority as it is written: “I have SET THE LORD always BEFORE ME: because he is at my right hand, I SHALL NOT BE MOVED. Therefore MY HEART IS GLAD, and my GLORY REJOICETH: my flesh also shall REST IN HOPE” [Psalms 16:8-9]

4. There are many unknowns in the year and the strength of many shall fail “But they that WAIT UPON THE LORD shall RENEW their STRENGTH; they shall MOUNT UP with wings as eagles; they shall RUN, and not be weary; and they shall WALK, and not faint” [Isaiah 40:31] STAND FAST IN THE LORD; He has cut a PATH for you to WALK, a race to RUN and obtain the crown of glory, and WINGS to soar over HIGH PLACES of the earth, as it is written: “He made him RIDE on the HIGH PLACES of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to SUCK HONEY out of the rock, and OIL out of the flinty rock” [Deuteronomy 32:13] If you will RIDE on HIGH PLACES and suck HONEY out of the rock, determine to WAIT on the Lord, like a good STEWARD to his King. WAIT on Him in PRAISE and WORSHIP, “BE CAREFUL FOR NOTHING; but in every thing by PRAYER and SUPPLICATION with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known unto God” [Philippians 4:6] Storms will surely come; STAND FAST in due diligence, both to STUDY and DO the WORD of God and you will not be overthrown [Matthew 7:24-25] Anchor your FAITH on the sure PROMISE of His appearance, when we shall receive the REWARD of FAITH, “… and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is” [1 John 3:2]

5. If you have not done so, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, amen

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