END OF YEAR WRAP


2003 is now over – well, near enough anyhow. It’s been an interesting year with disappointments as well as challenges and highlights, etc. I won’t add to much here, except to say the next year is looking quite exciting for many reasons, full of new challenges, etc.

From February 2004 I begin my new role at work as the maintenance manager and part of the board of directors (more-or-less) that will manage the retirement village where I work. This will prove both challenging and rewarding I’m sure. But the most exciting part of this new role is the added cash – why I hear you ask with thoughts of I must be greedy, etc, formulating uin your head … because it will give me some resources to be able to get the many Aussie Outpost ministries and opportunities off the ground and into action. The Outpost is desperate for financial support and this blessing of providence will help immensely!

A new years resolution? Well, how about I start adding to the blog a little more regularly – I am getting better as the directory of entries shows.

GETTING ON WITH THE JOB


After many disappointments in the past year, mostly having to do with my own finances, sickness and sin, I am trying to get on with the job here at Aussie Outpost. By the grace and mercy of God the tough way ahead can be traversed to the Lord’s greater glory and this is the path upon which I am resolved to travel. This doesn’t make me a hero or anyone special, just simply a Christian seeking to do that which is my duty to do.

Though I have struggled over the past year, Aussie Outpost has still moved ahead, even if it was slow going at times. The year ahead looks as though it has continuing challenges and trials, as well as having the opportunity for the Aussie Outpost ministry to forge ahead in all of it’s many facets. I really look forward to what is now beginning Aussie Outpost’s third year of existence, even if not always named that, having been previously named the NRBC Homepage (Northlake’s Reformed Baptist Church).

There is so much to do – now I need to redeem the time in order to do it.

THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF SIN


As one continues in the Christian life one becomes more disappointed with himself whenever he falls into sin, especially if it is a besetting sin. There seem to be those sins which a person is more especially prone to and when once entered into the habit of falling into that sin again it is extremely difficult to get out of that developing pattern. For this reason it is very important to take preventative measures to ensure that you don’t allow yourself (by the grace of God) to again go down the familiar paths of your besetting sins.

How difficult indeed it is to climb back out of the mire once you have allowed yourself to fall into it yet again, perhaps for the ‘nth’ time. But even here, in the midst of the mire and sin, the Lord is able to be gracious to you. Sure He is not pleased with his children falling into the same besetting sin again, yet He is gracious to grant us a true spiritual recovery from it. There needs be a true confession of sin and a true turning from it again to the Lord, with a God-given determination to not pursue the path of besetting sin again. This by grace is a certain possibility and reality for the true child of God.

The truth of the perseverance and preservation of the true child of God ought to be a real comfort for the Christian in this his time of greatest trial, continuing in a path of a besetting sin. He desires to be no more on that path, yet finds great difficulty in getting off it. Yet He knows the true child of God will never finally fall to never recover and loose his place in the eternal kingdom. Far from being an excuse to continue in sin, this should be an encouragement to continue on resisting sin and developing a resolve to be done with it. This should not develop a sense of complacency in the Christian, but rather an ability through the gracious provision of God to actually confess sin, repent from it and follow in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Here there is a motivation, when looking on the face of He who has loved Him with an eternal and immutable love, that will constrain him to be done with sin and be for the Lord and His ways forevermore, with a renewed passion and determination.

Yet be not fooled, for the way ahead is not easy, but a daily battle resisting sin and the attempted advances of the evil one and the world into the life of a Christian. The battle is daily intense, and if not the reason is perhaps because of a capitulation to the enemy already. A prayer for daily grace and ability to fight the battle is a given that every true child of God daily admits through that habitual practice of true prayer and groans that cannot be uttered. May God grant me grace, that I too might continue this daily fight and not give in to an enemy who speaks in such a seductive manner to my heart and mind, yet who has no real care for my soul.