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Four things characterize this new path:

1. THE NEW PATH WILL TEST OUR FAITH.

A. Israel was facing a path that would present to them some new tests.

They face an overflowing river Jordan to cross. Jericho’s intimidating walls were on the other side. There were giants in the land to fight, cities to conquer. It was only by faith that they were able to overcome their obstacles.


B. We must face our obstacles in faith as well. We may see looming in the distance things that we will have to face. We may not be able to see how they are to be accomplished. We must press on down this new path anyway. It will not only test us.


2. THE NEW PATH WILL POINT US TO GOD’S PROVISION.

A. Only by divine provision was Israel to cross Jordan and defeat Jericho.

Isaiah 30:21 "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Israel was only successful when they continued in the will of God - which required trusting in his provision.


B. God’s will for us is always connected with the provision to accomplish it. When God says ’Go’, we must know that He will bless us and help us in going! What God says ’Do’, there is always ample provision for those who have faith to obey.


John 10:4 "When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice." Dr. Alexander Blackburn peened a poem that inspired me: It is better to walk in the dark with God, than to run in the light alone; Yes, better the thorniest path ever trod, where the briers are thick, and our feet unshod;

If only we follow His voice and rod, Than without Him to march to a throne. It is better with Him when the billows dash high, On the breast of the mad Galilee; Though the Master may sleep He will wake at our cry

Or He’ll come on the waves saying: "Peace, it is I." Better this than a calm when He is not night, Or without Him to sail a smooth sea."



3. THE NEW PATH WILL OFFER CERTAINTY.

A. Life is full of earthly uncertainties. Life itself is an uncertainty.

Wealth is uncertain. (Proverbs 23:5 "Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.") Friendships are uncertain.


B. We have certainties because of the path we walk. God is a certainty!

(Russell Lowell wrote that; behind the dim unknown, stands God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own). Jesus Christ is a certainty.

(Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.") The church (universal) is a certainty. (Matthew 16:18 "..on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.") Heaven is a certainty. If some of us are claimed by death before the year is ended, we know that ". to die is gain" (Phil 1:21).


2 Corinthians 5:1 "Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands."


C. The New path of a new year will test us, point us to God’s provision,offer us certainties, and


4. THE NEW PATH WILL OFFER NEW HOPE

A. It furnishes us with the opportunity to begin again. Louise Fletcher Tarkington wrote, I wish there were some wonderful place,

In the Land of Beginning Again; Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches and all of our poor selfish grief could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door and never put on again.


New hopes, new resolves, new plans, new undertakings, and new opportunities to do better the tasks that are carried over from the old year.


1. Joshua 3:5 - The Promise of God’s working is to us as well.


2. With what choices are we faced as we enter the new year?

If not Jesus, then who will be your master?


No man, no woman can serve two masters! You cannot be lord of your own life and expect Jesus to guide you into the unknown future. If not now, then when shall you decide to follow Him?


God is patient and long-suffering. The day will come, though, when his patience will be at an end. If not God’s guidance, then who will walk with you into the unknown? You will either walk with God in His will, or walk on your own into that place where you have never been before! The choice is in your hands.


3. We walk into a new year sure to face trials, in need of God’s provision, certainty, and hope. Would you claim that today for your own?


Apostle E.D. Mondaine wrote: There has never been a tomorrow that our God has not known, There has never been a yesterday where the majesty of it's' breath hadn't already blown. There has never been a second that was never heard or seen, and with gathered single moments one finds the strength to sing.


It's time to shout now for the victory that was won well over 2000 years ago......'