We are on a journey.
Passing towns and villages, hills and valleys. In the same way we move, constantly moving from days to weeks, to months and years; moving from age to age, changing even facially as we journey in life.
We carry luggage on our journey; some light, some heavy. Most of these slow us down spiritually.
Even oceanliners and aircrafts have weight limits, and are dutifully monitored for peak performance.
For a faster and secure ride in 2016, we need to shed some load; everything that constitute sin in our lives: lying, hatred, envy, jealousy, unforgiveness, stealing, formication and adultery, etc. These are great loads of hindrance in that slowed and impeded our progress in 2015.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
Jesus calls us to give Him our load, and in turn He will give us much better days.
“The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts. – Haggai 2:9
2016 shall be by far a much better year than 2015. It is a year of exploits for as many that will be totally committed to Him.
(1 ) Uproot fear – “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” -2 Timothy 1:7
You need to uproot, reject and cast out fear. Fear gives birth to failure.
(2) Learn to trust Him.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because He trusteth in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3
Whoever must travel with God in 2016 must, through thick and thin, believe that what He has promised, He is more than able to deliver.
This does not come easy! Trust is built, and this, by time and patience. The enemy, as in the garden of Eden, will come planting doubt and unbelief. He may create delay as with the angel sent to Daniel.
You just have to hold on to His word, for faithful is He that promised. He said through Habakkuk that no matter the delay it shall surely come!
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” – Habakkuk 2:3
Believe, and not waver between two opinions. And the peace of God that passes all understanding shall guard your heart in Jesus mighty Name. Amen.
Welcome to 2016!
No matter the limitations the enemy places against you or around you God can bring you out and take you beyond. Peter, in Acts chapter 12, was surrounded by four soldiers in four shifts totaling sixteen. Two watched at the cells door and the other two were chained to him. Herod was not taking any chances especially after hearing of his miraculous or should we say his mysterious escape from custody in Acts 5:17 – 23. The security was tight. But he could not be imprisoned! Neither can you be imprisoned!
No rescue team, no last minute legal appeals, no behind the scene bribery. Nothing! It was an impossible situation! All around you there may be obstacles, human and demonic, threatening to stop or limit you, with no hope or help in sight. Love ones may have abandoned you, those you helped in the past rather than help, turn out to be the source of the afflictions and they rejoice over your helpless and impossible situation.
But with God all things are possible! Peter knew this and was at peace! No anxiety, no fear, no worry! He slept between two soldiers (Verse 6). An anxious person cannot sleep. Peter wasn’t! Don’t allow the enemy take your joy or your sleep. Be at peace with God. Peter trusted God with his life. Whether it be death or life, he trusted! Trust God.
Your faith is your pillow in the days of storm and trial. God’s wise and good thought for you cannot manifest until you trust Him. Your trust in Him brings you Peace, for He will always speake peace to those that trust in Him.
People prayed for Peter. Jesus is presently praying for you. People you do not know are also praying for you. The 7000 prophets couldn’t have been eating and drinking. They may also have prayed for Elijah’s success at Camel. At the darkest hour of your life, God will shine His light! He has never forsaken His own, and you will not be an exception. Faithful is He. There is no door or gate that God cannot open! There is no lock that He cannot pick! There is no combination He cannot break!
Be it your job, your marriage, ministry, spiritual life, social life, finance, everything about you. God can deliver you! You can’t be caged!