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With the start of each new year, the media bring us a plethora of “predictions” from astrologers and alleged soothsayers.
But the only real prophecy is contained in the Bible, and here is what it says for 2016:
To begin: If you were born between January 1 and December 31, you are under the influence of God’s own grace, “Bringer of salvation to all men” (Titus 2: 11).
Since that is true, you shall know:
Good Fortune: The Morning Star is Jesus Christ and “In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:78–79).
Love: Your happiness lies in being loved by God and loving him in return, for “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39).
Travel: “The Lord will guard your going and your coming both now and forever more” (Psalm 120:8).
Health: “This is an trustworthy and certain truth: If we die with him, we will also live with him” (2 Timothy 2:11), and “Do not be anxious about anything. At all times bring your concerns to God through prayer, supplication and thanksgiving” (Philippians 4:6).
Material Needs: “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19), and “I learned to content myself with what I have”(Philippians 4:11).
Deliverance: “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come” (Matthew 24:6), and “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come”(Matthew 24:14).
Certainty: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28), and “What shall we say then? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
Fr. Feghali concludes: “These teachings are not linked to any lunar influence. You can make them yours forever, in any place or situation. Live with peace and joy of the Lord!”
Translated from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Scalia.