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2020 New Year Message

The New Year service was conducted by His Grace, The Most Rev. Prof. Daddy Hezekiah, MFR, JP, International Mayor of Peace, Proprietor and Chancellor of Hezekiah University, Umudi, Imo State, Nigeria, and Founder and Leader of Living Christ Mission worldwide, at the Administrative Headquarters of Living Christ Mission at Onitsha in Anambra State, Nigeria.

The Prophet of God started by wishing everyone a 'Happy New Day', 'Happy New Year', and 'Happy New Decade'. He stated that though it is the beginning of a new year it is also the beginning of a new decade, 2021 (according to Mathematical point of view, 1 to 10 is a decade instead of 0 to 9).

His Grace made it known that sin makes us to be heavy, spiritually. The more sinful a person is, the more difficult it is to deliver the person. Hence we must live a less sinful life. He also warned that the devil came to kill, steal and to destroy, while Christ came to give life abundantly, as stated in the Scriptures.  Therefore, we ought to be cautious and conscious in this new year.

In his message, he made four vital points for guidance  in 2021. They include:

1. SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY IN THE CONGREGATION OF GOD'S CHILDREN (AND NOT EVERY/ANY WHERE YOU SEE)

Psalm 116: 8, 9, 5, 12 to 14
In his first point, he advised children of God: -
(a) to emulate King David who shared God's goodness and bounty in the congregation of God's children. 
(b) that it is better not to vow than to vow without paying or redeeming the vow.

2. WHAT LESSON DID KING DAVID LEARN FROM HIS PERSECUTIONS?

In every persecution you encounter, there are lessons to be learnt.  Therefore, always note lessons after every persecution. The lessons from King David's persecutions can be seen in Psalms  Chapter 118 . And they include: -

(a). Verses 1- 7 :God's steadfast love endures forever, and he answers prayers.
(b). Verses 8 - 9 : it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
(c). Verses 10 - 15 : David was surrounded by the wicked.

3. WHAT YOU WILL DO THAT COULD CAUSE GOD TO BE VERY FAR FROM YOU.

The following passages were read to buttress what could cause God to be far from us.

Isaiah 1: 4 - 5 : taking lightly the discipline of God and committing apostasy.

Isaiah 2: 5: being full of diviners and soothsayers.

Jeremiah 2: 5 - 11 : going  after other gods and becoming worthless.

According to verses 26 - 30, worshipping a man-made item as one's creator is insulting to God.

Jeremiah 7: 9 - 20 and 23-26: disobedience and not inclining to God's voice.

After doing these negative things, you complain against God, yet you are the cause of your crisis. In addition, he adviced us to never seek God only when we are in need. Instead we must seek God both when in need and when in plenty.  He advised further that Facebook and other social media platforms should be used positively and wisely.  You must not be enslaved by them, rather create time to study your Bible.

He gave the assignment to read Proverbs chapters 1 and 10, in order to know what you could do that will cause God to be near you or far from you.

4. WHAT YOU WILL DO AND GOD WILL BE CLOSE TO YOU

According Jeremiah chapter 7: 5, 6, 7 and 23, the following are needed for God to come near you:-
- Obey God's voice.
- Amend your ways and your doings.
- Execute justice one with another.
- Do not oppress the alien, fatherless, or the widow.
- Do not shed innocent blood.
- Do not go after other gods.

Furthermore, Isaiah chapter 1: 12 to 20 pinpoints what you could do for God to be close to you, and they include;
- Wash yourself, and make yourself clean.
- Remove the evil of your doings from before God's eyes.
- Cease to do evil.
- Learn to do good.
- Seek justice.
- Correct oppression
- Defend the fatherless
- Plead for the widow.

Then in Isaiah 1: 18 and 19 the Bible says 'Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.'