Many people will argue that God gave man the gift of free will in the Garden of Eden. A close study of the story of the temptation of Adam and Eve may indicate a more sinister source.
We love the idea of a new year, because we enjoy the opportunity of starting over. We love new beginnings, which is why we get such joy out of the birth of a baby. Thankfully, we serve a God who also loves new beginnings – who loves to create new things.
Just in case you are in one of those stagnant or declining churches or one of those areas of the world where the health of the local church is suffering, it might help to lift your eyes and look beyond your own horizon. In fact, it might help you to get on a plane and go see what is happening in other places around the world. If that is not possible, then the next best thing might be to read about what is happening with the church in the rest of the world.