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by Mark Malcolm

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Congratulations. 2016 is over and 2017 has begun. Whether you walked through the Advent study of 2016 or not consider this a new beginning, a new year, a new self. This new self should be willing to take on things God presents us to do. This new self should be willing to give up those things that interfere with our growing closer to God. This new self should be an entirely new creature as concerns our approach to God, Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit.

If you are not or do not feel that you are all those things, that is okay too. Resolve to make it your best effort to do those things in the coming year. God asks for your best effort, and He knows what that means to you because He sees into the hearts of men and women.

What does that mean that God can see into the hearts of men and women? It means He knows the real reasons we do things; the real motivations behind our actions. If that is a revelation to you, think about what that means, that we cannot hide anything from God at any time. If you already know this truth, then understand that means between you and God there is nothing to be ashamed about because He already knows when you are truly weak. He already knows when you truly tried your best and failed. He already knows what your best effort is or could be.

This coming year we need to make it our goal to demonstrate all of those things to our brothers and sisters in Christ. This coming year we need to make it our goal to demonstrate all of those things to the strangers we do not know whom God has chosen to place in our path. This coming year we need to make it our goal to demonstrate all of those things to those worldly people who oppose us. We need to greet everyone we meet with the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ who gave us the greatest undeserved gift of our personal salvation. If he gave us that gift and we didn’t deserve it why can we not then give our brothers and sisters in Christ, those we meet, and those who don’t like us the undeserved gift of our kindness? Isn’t that the least we can do?

Bio:

Smiling Mark IIMark Malcolm is a child of God, husband, father, project manager, technical writer, gamer, fiction writer, Marine (’87-’91), has practiced Shao Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi, been published in magazines and newspapers (editorial anyway), and seen the Southern Cross.

The goals he has currently are to more accurately identify the path God has for him to walk, continue to provide for his family, establish a solid web presence, build a career writing novels through both traditional and independent publishing, and learn to better relate to the people around him.

http://www.firstchevalier.com/about-the-cavalier/

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