January 1, 2017

Matthew 16:16-19: “16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!” 17 And Jesus responded, “Simon son of Jonah, you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,and whatever you bind on earth is already bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed in heaven.”

 

Take a deep breath. It’s a new day, a new year, a new start. Take a look at the new start Jesus gave to Simon Peter. He was only a fisherman before he met Jesus. But in this moment, God revealed a great truth to him. And that truth is the very foundation the church is built on today.

And guess what? If you are a follower of Jesus, there was a moment in your life when God revealed Himself to you. Just like Peter, God can work through you in a mighty way to expand His kingdom. You have the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Now, what are you going to do with them this year? Ask God for the courage to light up this dark world.

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