Happy New Year!
During the holidays I had posted on Facebook a small paragraph with a couple of Bible verses about the upcoming year. New Year's weekend I went to Michigan to minister at a church where one the leaders of that church asked me if the Lord had shown me anything about 2016. I answered him by saying that I believe it is a time to commit to the Lord even more and I left it at that. On Sunday morning, around 5:30 am, the Lord woke me up to put together the verses/passages that I was to preach on that morning which was also the word for 2016. I don't usually release words about a year but the Lord was really nudging me strongly that morning so now I'm sharing my notes from Sunday, January 3, 2016 with you.
2016 is the year of the ______________. Well, you get to fill in the blank because it's really up to you what this new year will be. While God has a plan for your life, family, circumstances, city, state, nation etc. He's looking for people to be yielded vessels who are filled with the word of God, the Holy Spirit and are committed in seeking Him daily.
As 2016 begins, many prophetic voices/words of gloom and doom and/or only blessings will be shared everywhere concerning this year. The bible states that we only prophecy in part so there could be truths and confirmations concerning the words that have been prophesied for this coming year. However, those words may/can/will apply to certain people, groups, regions or nations but all of it is conditional because it's still primarily up to you. You can have as much of God and that word that was released which resonated in your spirit. James says it perfectly in the New Testament. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you!
Here are two more passages that the Lord highlighted to me as well:
Proverbs 16:3 says: Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans...
Matthew 6:33 states: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well...
Let's never forget who we are as Christ Followers. The Bible is full of God's promises including a complete DNA of how we look to Him when He is Lord of our heart and life and we are filled with His spirit. The New Testament is our blueprint to reach the world with love and power!
1 Peter 2: 9 & 10 says: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
Mark 16: 17 & 18 states: And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
Do you want some keys to being a strong believer this year? Then let's examine three men in the bible who were used mightily by God.
Joseph-The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field. (Genesis 39:2-5)
Daniel-Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king's descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans. (Daniel 1: 3-4)
Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. (Daniel 1:19-20)
Stephen-"Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word." And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit…. (Acts 6:3-5) And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. (Acts 6:8)
Valuable keys to being used mightily by God:
3. Godly Character
5. Love & Compassion
There's a saying that goes "it's not how you start but how you finish" but I say if we can start out with these keys we will also finish the race strongly!
In conclusion, here is the chapter that I wanted to share with you regarding 2016. Meditate on it and take in the highlighted verse(s) to your heart and spirit. Let's read Psalms 65:
1 Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; and to You the vow shall be performed.
2 O You who hear prayer, To You all flesh will come.
3 Iniquities prevail against me; As for our transgressions, You will provide atonement for them.
4 Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Of Your holy temple.
5 By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation, You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, And of the far-off seas;
6 Who established the mountains by His strength, being clothed with power;
7 You who still the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples.
8 They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs; You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice.
9 You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, For so You have prepared it.
10 You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth.
11 You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance.
12 They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side.
13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing.
I want to encourage you to continue to seek God first in prayer, the word and in worship. Let's make 2016 the year of the Jesus Christ being Lord of everything in our lives, family, homes, business and ministries and lets become the light of the world!
Blessings to you all in this New Year!