We often hear the word “Happy” or “Blessed” whenever we encounter new years but have we considered what is the gravity of these words that we just often used as a greeting?
In Matthew 5:3-12, we read:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit:for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn:for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek:for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness:for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful:for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart:for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers:for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness ‘sake:for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:for great is your reward in heaven:for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you”
In Good News Translation, we can see that the word “Blessed” is translated as “Happy” so we could say that whenever we say “Happy New Year” that is tantamount to, “Blessed New Year.” Oftentimes biblical principles are always contradicting to the world’s point of view.
So how do we experience a “Blessed New Year” then?
I. Holiness Brings Happiness
Some people may say that being holy is boring. Yes, it may appear that way but if we carefully study biblical principles, we could see that what God is teaching us is totally contrasting to the world’s principles. As we study the Beatitudes we learned that Jesus taught about the different contrasts about how should we live our lives as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. The word “Blessed” was frequently used to represent kingdom principles taught by Jesus Christ which are totally opposite on worldly principles. Some of the contrasts are the use of the words, poor in Spirit, Mourn, Meek, those who hunger and thirst or even blessed are those who are persecuted. These words may denote a negative impression because it may sound weak, or those who are oppressed yet on the contrary, Jesus used these words to point those people who are called Blessed.
II. Generosity Brings Prosperity
One of the most contrasting biblical principle is “give and it shall be given.” We know that when we give, we lose something, but in heavenly principle, the Bible clearly teaches us that the more we give, the more we will be blessed. One key principle is what we call “tithing” or giving a tenth of what we acquire or possess to the Lord. People say that tithing is just part of the Old Testament Law, but if we carefully study the Scriptures, we will learn more about it. Before we say that it is indeed part of the Law of Moses, let us study the preceding story. In Genesis 14:20b, we read “And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.” This was the story of King Melchizedek (that represents the High Priest – which is Christ) and Abram. Abram gave a tenth of all that he acquired just to give reverence and honor to the High Priest. It is a matter of values. Another example of which was Jacob.
In Genesis 28:20-22, we read: “Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you”
We could say that the book of Genesis gave an example already about tithing and how God blessed these two man who committed giving their tithes to the Lord even before Moses and The Law. They give their tithes because they “Love GOD” and acknowledges that everything that they have comes from God. Abram took possession of a lot of things beyond what his eyes could see. He was even given the title “Father of faith” because of his commitment and love for God. Same with Jacob. He became prosperous within a short span of time because God blessed him through his generous heart.
These two have set an example before us because they have exemplified their love for God and commitment to it. I know a lot of believers can tell their testimonies about how God prospered them just like how God prospered Abram and Jacob. Maybe God is just waiting for you to do the same so that He can bless you even more. Also to keep in mind that when “God increases your standard of LIVING, you should increase your standard of GIVING.”
Just a simple rule of thumb: Look at your hands.
Always remember that our palms facing upward means that our hands are open for God – our lives surrendered to Him. If we just learn how to “open” our life to God, we will also be able to receive everything that He will pour out. The key on how to be happy and prosperous on this year 2015 is in our hands. Happiness and Prosperity is in God’s hands but Holiness and Generosity is in our hands. Our hand represents HOLINESS, and the other one represent GENEROSITY, the question is, are you ready to lead a holy life and a generous hand this year?