What’s “New” in Your “New Year”?

What “new” will we pursue in 2017? Will that “new path” lead us away from the ancient path laid down for us by Jesus and by the Jewish prophets of old? Will that “new path” lead us TO Christ or AWAY from Him?

Jesus told us that He personally is THE way. He is THE path. If we are looking for something new, then perhaps we have wandered from the old. Jeremiah wrote these words:

This is what the Lord says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look; valley-of-decision

Ask for the ancient paths,

Ask where the good way is and


And you will find rest for your souls.”

(Jeremiah 6:16)

In 2017 we stand at the same crossroads. Which path will we choose?

  • The popular path?
  • The “look and feel good about myself” path?
  • The path my friends are talking about?
  • The pursuit of wealth and success path?
  • The path for personal gain?
  • The path presented by television preachers, internet prophets, and our favorite pulpits?
  • The path Jesus spoke of when He said, “I am the path, I am the truth, I am the life”?

We are in the last days before Jesus returns to earth. One thing he warned us to watch out for are people, prophets, and pulpits that announce some “new revelation” or a “new room” in which we can find Christ.  Let’s look at what Jesus said:

 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him.

For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

Behold, I have told you in advance.

So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or,

‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them.  (Matthew 24:23-26 NASB).

Perhaps we feel that we know more than our parents knew.

Perhaps we feel we’ve laid hold of this new revelation that people have missed for years.

I commend any Christian for pursuing God like this with all their heart. But if we feel we have more revelation than Paul or John or Jesus Himself, and we must search for “the latest and greatest” in order to be satisfied, then isn’t it possible that we’ve left the path, the TRUE path, the ancient path?  Is it possible we are walking in a path of error and not the path of the cross?

In 2017, rather than searching for the “new” or “the latest and greatest” I want to hiker-map-istock_000002602685smallencourage us all to return to that moment when God last spoke to us. Think, think, think.  When is the last time I know God spoke to me personally–not through someone’s pulpit, book, or blog, but to me personally?  What is the last SURE direction and SURE fellowship that I had with God?

Those words that God spoke to us at that time are still alive! Return to that place.  Go back to the point in time when God last spoke. And in those words we will find the light we need on the ANCIENT PATH for 2017.
















About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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4 Responses to What’s “New” in Your “New Year”?

  1. Larry Who says:

    Happy New Year. It’s a great time to walk in the Beatitudes and Sermon on the Mount lifestyle…or it is my desire to do so this year.


  2. mark says:

    What’s new, Hope? I see that you’re conveying what almost every Christian chess piece, being led around by the King of their denomination or pastor, needs to be doing.- hearing and following God rather than a movement or a new opinion. Welcome to the heretics club – the one I joined when I shared this statement and also some of your comments in your post. I heard God and now I’m not a Chess piece or player any longer. Interestingly, I still am “saved” “Born again” “full of the spirit” live a Godly life and also feel that I am still blessed and led by the Holy Spirit. My financial situation is good and I give to the poor, hungry, and lend a hand to widows and orphans, without it being filtered through a church organization or an extorting not exhorting, televangelist. That, as I see it, is the Ancient path, a word I also gave to a ministry some 15 years ago, when much to their unbelief, I was hearing from God. To paraphrase “How can anything good come from a person from Harrisburg?” I no longer cast my pearls upon swine – as I learned the hard way, they don’t want to hear it. Yours is a timely post, as just yesterday, as I was doing my crossword puzzle,
    the word “belief ” came up and I was having trouble answering it. Eventually, I solved the answer and was shook as I saw that it means ‘Opinion’ . What a choice we have – to follow someone’s opinion or follow our own. Thank you for sharing the truth and allowing me to share my opinion.
    My desire is to inspire and share truth and be objective and lead people to seek peace and truth
    through the God of peace and truth. I hope that your efforts draw people to the same. Peace..


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