Foundations for a New Year

A new year begins and with it comes the hope of a new moment in our lives. How will we live it? What will our life stand on as we face the realities that will come this new year? Which fundamentals will give us a firm foundation?

Let's explore the basic foundations that God offers to help us develop our lives in meaningful and positive ways.

GROUNDED IN SCRIPTURE:
The “Word of God" is a solid foundation. The “Word of God” exists, so through it, we may experience God. God loves us. God wants to relate to each of us. And He wants a life full of meaning for us. That is why He gives His guidance through His Word.

God’s word is:

  • The power of God
  • The wisdom of God
  • The bread of God
  • The light of God
  • The voice and the will of God

Joshua 1:8 “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do”.

GROUNDED IN PRAYER:
God wants us to have a relationship with Him. It is prayer that brings God closer. Prayer is communion with God where true spiritual sharing takes place. Those who pray well will behave well, will think well and will live well.

The problem with our prayers is that they are usually motivated by:

Selfishness: (My needs, my desires, my requests.  I ... I ... I... and always I)

Self-Sufficiency: We think and believe, either out of pride or fear, that we don’t need to share our burdens and needs with others

Autonomy: (independence).

Unless the Kingdom of God is the agenda of our prayer we will never experience the fullness of prayer.

For the first believers in the book of Acts, the agenda of their prayer was the desire to see God's Kingdom spread and proclaimed all over the world. They wanted to see all people surrender to the loving and powerful government of Jesus Christ.

They did not pray for protection, nor for safety. They prayed for empowerment, boldness and encouragement. Maybe here is one of the secrets of the many wonders and miracles that they experienced and maybe here we find the reason why we don’t see or experience miracles like they did.

James 4: 3 “When you ask, you do not receive, because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure”

GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY:
Individuality is one of the most common attitudes in our days. God’s creation and purpose for human beings is completely different.

The concept of community or communion emerges from God himself. And from Him, it’s extended to all humanity. Man and woman are created to have fellowship with one another and with God. What the Fall destroyed between God and man was precisely the “communion”. And the consequence has been passed among human beings also. God's action, called Salvation, is the reconstruction of the communion. That intimacy and relationship that was lost between the human being and his Creator. That is why everything we find in the Bible goes through the community dimension. It never goes through individual dimension.

Many people today want an independent spirituality. They want to seek God, but they don’t want engagement with the church, with the people of God.

One of the essential and solid foundations to build our lives throughout this year is the communion through community.  It’s not by avoiding relationships and involvement with people in the church. It’s not by coming from time to time to listen to the teaching of the Scriptures that we will build on a solid and good foundation.

It takes more than that: it takes communion. Communion with God, which does not happen outside of communion with God's people.

Acts 2: 44-47 All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.