Burning Hearts for the New Year by Ken Trivette

Burning Hearts for the New Year
Ken Trivette
Leviticus 6:12-13

1) As we come to the end of 2006 and stand on the threshold of 2007, I think of the words of the saintly Francis Ridley Havergal:

Another year is dawning,
Dear Father let it be,
In working or in waiting,
Another year with thee.

Another year of progress,
Another year of praise,
Another year of proving
Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies,
Of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness,
The glory of thy face.

Another year of leaning
Upon thy loving breast,
Another year of trusting,
Of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service,
Of witness for thy love,
Another year of training
For holier work above.

Another year is dawning,
Dear Father, let it be,
On earth, or else in heaven,
Another year for thee.

2) As another year is dawning, I want it to be one that richly counts for God. I want it to be a spiritually prosperous and productive year. I want it to be the kind of year that I will look back in the years to come and view it as one of the best years of my life as far as eternal things are concerned.

3) G.K. Chesterton said, "The object of the New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears and new eyes. Unless a man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective."

4) The beginning of a new year is a time when in a certain sense we can start afresh about things. It ought to be a time when we aim higher, reach further, dream bigger, and believe stronger. As Henry Ward Beecher said, "Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one more hole in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to the circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past."

5) If the coming year is to be a year of great spiritual advancement and achievements, I believe there is one thing that is absolutely essential. I believe that we must have and keep a burning heart. In Leviticus 6 we read about the fire that burned upon the sacrificial altar. In verse 12 we read that "the fire upon the altar shall be burning it," and note carefully these words, "it shall not be put out." Verse 13 says, "The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out."

6) This was a fire that had been ignited by the Lord. When the Tabernacle was dedicated the Lord sent fire down from heaven to ignite this fire that burned on the altar day and night. The priests were to keep wood on the fire and see to it that the fire never went out. It was a fire that was to burn continually. Like the fire on the altar, we must never let the fire go out in our hearts.

7) Why should we keep the fire burning in our h ...


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