MAKE IT A GOOD YEAR.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Joshua 1:8 ” This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”.

I saw written on one of the public transports in Accra, “who knows tomorrow?” Many people talk about the uncertainties of the future and are therefore very apprehensive and fearful of what it holds.

Our key scripture tells us that we can make our way prosperous and have good success. It is all about walking in the word of God or walking with the word of God. In the key scripture he says the word of God shall not depart from our mouth; but we shall meditate or say it to ourselves day and night, that we may observe to do according to all that is written therein, then shall we make our way prosperous and have good success. Our mouth place a big part in making things turn out good for our good. He says we shall meditate on the word of God day and night. The word meditate means mutter, say, muse, moan, utter or roar.

Your mouth in the Greek is stoma. It means the edge of a weapon. The word of God in your mouth is a weapon ready to cause havoc to the enemy or, an instrument to create that which is not there. We must speak the scriptures to ourselves to build our faith as well. Declaring the word is a form of making war with the word of God. Demons cannot stand the declaration of the scriptures in challenging times. Our key scripture says you do it night and day.

The next part of our key scripture says we must observe to do all that is written therein. Doing the word is bringing the will of God to pass. Proverbs 4:18 says, the path of the just is as a shining light that shineth brighter and brighter unto the perfect day”. You can’t err acting on the word of God. Indeed you would make things turn out good by doing what God’s word says. The Lord Jesus said the man who obeys his word is like the man who builds his house on a rock. This house is strong and firm, able to withstand all forms of adversities. Your life through the word is a stable life that will always conquer every opposition that may arise against you. You would make your way prosperous and you would have good success.

Make the year a good one as you move and act on the word of God. The word would make you joyful, faithful, confident, wise and acceptable and humble. These are qualities that would surely make for good relationships and would expand your sphere of opportunities.

CONFESSION

I declare God’s word daily to myself and the Spirit of God works in my life to produce the results and effect of the word. I am more than a conqueror.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Psalms 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper”.

RIGHT STEP 3

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:1 ” I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

We continue with our discussion on taking the right step as we start a new year. Our key scripture admonishes us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God.

A sacrifice is to willingly offer something precious or dear to you. You are supposed to offer your body as a living sacrifice. This means to unreservedly give off your body unto the Lord. Romans 12:2 talks about one aspect of our body that plays a great role in the use of our whole body; that is the mind. Romans 12:2 says ‘and be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds……’ You can’t talk about presenting your body as a holy vessel without your mind being renewed in line with God’s word.. The mind is the first part of the body Satan would like to take advantage of. There cannot be holiness of life if one’s mind is not given to the Lord.

 Please know this, a decided mind cannot be tempted (understand temptation as, when one is   drawn away by his own lust and enticed: James 1:14). Your mind must be given to the Lord. You can let the Lord have your mind by daily feeding on the word of God.

Psalm 119:11 David said “Thy word have I hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against thee”. The entrance of the word gives light and it gives understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130) God’s word would condition you to see life from God’s point of view. You would have a pure mind. Remember to the pure all things are pure. (Titus 1:15)

The issue of holiness is a problem to some Christians. This is very unfortunate. Christians are; called saints or the Holy ones, because the Spirit of holiness lives in them. The challenge they face about holiness is because of an un-renewed mind.

Dear child of God the state of your mind determines whether you are a spiritual man or a carnal man. The condition of your mind shows whether Satan has the upper hand in your life or God.

When the Bible was introducing the armour he first spoke of getting our loins with the belt of truth. This is referring to our minds being filled with the truth.

To present your body as a living sacrifice, your mind must be dominated by the word of God, then you would easily allow your body to function to please God.

   CONFESSION

My mind is renewed by the word of God. I have total control over my life that makes me walk to please the Lord in all I do.

FURTHER STUDIES

Ephesians 4:23-24. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

RIGHT STEP 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:1 ” I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

A life totally committed to the Lord is the safest way to live. Our key scripture says it is our reasonable service. This implies every other way is unreasonable. When the Israelites were leaving Egypt King Pharaoh made a suggesting to the children of Israel. Exodus 10:24 “And Pharaoh called unto Moses and said, go ye serve the Lord, only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you”. Pharaoh’s request is one of the biggest strategy of Satan. He tells you serve God, yet as for one Sunday in the month just stay at home and rest. Serve God with all you have but keep your monies and don’t make sacrifices unto God. He may ask you to serve the Lord but just keep the worldly music or may be some “x” films. (X rated films are pornographic firms).

Please listen to Moses answer to King Pharaoh. Exodus 10:26 “Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind, for there of must we take to serve the Lord….”. Dear child of God let God have everything. Anything left for the devil, leaves you in bondage. Everything given to God is your deliverance. The call of God is purely for our deliverance and liberty. Give everything over to the Lord. This is the most secured way to live. The Lord Jesus explained this in Matthew 16:25 this way “for whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it”. Don’t be wiser than the master, the man who fails to commit his whole life totally unto the Lord, would lose it although he may be attempting to secure it.

Satan is an enemy of all men. He is like a roaring Lion seeking whom he may devour. Who are those he may or can devour? Those who have decided not to yield their whole being to the Lord Jesus. Such a person has no shepherd over his soul. The enemy has the cheapest task to pounce on such a person and tear him or her apart. The Holy Spirit begs us in the key scripture to give ourselves totally to Him.

  CONFESSION

Thank you Heavenly Father for the opportunity to be yielded to you. My life is perfectly secured and no devil can make a mess of me because the Lord is my shepherd.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Psalms 23:1. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

John 12:24 ” Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit”.

RIGHT STEP

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:1.  ” I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

 What is the right step to take as a Christian in the beginning of this New Year?

Our key scripture shows us the way. The Bible is God’s manual for a fruitful successful life. It tells us to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, and this is our reasonable service. Men are always tempted to live for themselves. This is always the biggest wrong step that most men take. Proverbs 14:13 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death. Dear child of God do not make your program and plans for the year by putting God second to anything. History have continually taught us that when God is put first everything turns out well. When he is put second or out of coverage area everything turns to fail.

Man is a dependent being, he cannot do   without even water, oxygen and is dependent on God. He is only blessed when he pursues God’s agenda for Himself. We do not use God to achieve our plans rather we yield ourselves to Him to fulfil His agenda. In the garden of Eden Satan succeeded to deceive Adam and Eve so they would live independent of God. The end result was the total failure and fall of humanity. Man became a slave of sin and servant to Satan.

Proverbs 3:5 tells us to “trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding”. Many people would pursue their business agenda against God’s way. Some will cheat, deceive and manipulate to be rich. This path is a high way to disappointment. Some husbands will be keeping girlfriends alongside their wedded wives. This year, cancel that program and commit your body to the Lord as a living sacrifice.

 God is calling on us to let Him have our whole being. Our thought, our desires, our aspirations and our pursuits. Do it to honour Him. In our key scripture it says living this way is your reasonable service. It is a right step to take in this year.

The Bible is replete with people who chose to honour God with their lives. They ended up as high flyers. Those who decided to go their own way ended as failures. The choice is yours.

   CONFESSION

I am given to God. My life is his and I live only to glorify Him. I continually see success all around me. Life is only meaningful, when lived to please God.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Matthew 6:33. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.

Psalms 1:1 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

THE RIGHT FASTING

KEY SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 58:6 “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To lose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

As we consider the need to fast and pray in this first month as a way of opening up, to the grace of God in our lives, we’ve got to know what the Bible teaches about proper fasting.

The book of Isaiah chapter 58 (please read all the chapter) was solely devoted to the teaching on fasting. In that book, the prophet wrote in verse 3 the following “wherefore have we fasted say they, and thou seest not?” Wherefore have we afflicted our soul and thou takest no knowledge? Behold in the day of your fast ye find pleasure and exact all your labours”. This was the complaint of the Jews

Many groups that would be fasting around this time will set a time period for fasting. Some will be doing it in forty days and others twenty one days or lesser. Many fast with their focus on going through the period; that becomes their goal and not on the Lord and the need at stake.. They fast to satisfy their ego. This is what some say, “I was able to fast for 21 days or 40 days”. Fasting is a devotion unto God. He becomes the focus not on us.

A close study of Isaiah 58 teaches that true fasting does not only involve forsaking your food and doing every other thing as you please. In that chapter the Holy Spirit said, people fast yet they keep the strive and division that exist between them and their neighbours. It is a big irony to see a husband and wife at longer heads, yet they are all fasting. Some fast yet would not show any kindness to neighbours who are in need. Isaiah 58:4 reads “Behold ye fast for strive and debate and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as you do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high”.

Fasting is not complete without a kind consideration of the second party. It must be done on God’s terms. Our key scripture shows us that our fast should not only be focused on ourselves but the consideration of them that are in bondage. As we pray for our needs, we must consider those who are in various needs to pray and intercede for them also.. True fasting is not a selfish venture. It always seeks the good and deliverance of others. When fasting is done this way, the Lord says in Isaiah 58:10 “And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul: then shall thy light rise in obscurity and thy darkness be as the noon day”.

Do good to others in the period of your fast. Do it in kind or through prayer.

 PRAYER

Father thank you for the revelation of your word. Help all Christians who fast to do it on your terms, not on our terms. This I pray in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Isaiah 58:7 “Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?”

Isaiah 58:8 ” Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward”.

A TIME TO WAIT ON GOD.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”.

We continue with our discussions on taking concrete steps to make our new year a very successful one. I believe that as much as we wish that the new year brings blessings of all sorts, life experience have thought us that it does not just happen by wishing . Life gives you according to your input.

We would need the hand of God to rest mightily on us to do exploits. Our key scripture tells us that, those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. To wait means to hope in, to trust in, to expect from the Lord. Just as a restaurant attendant waits on a client, ready to respond to any demand or request from this client. Fasting and prayer is one of the ways we could wait on the Lord.

Fasting is the act of abstinence from food over a period in order to seek the face of the Lord in pray, study of God’s word and meditation. It is basically abstinence from food so you could give attention to God. The scripture said, they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like the eagle. The word renew also means to change, alter, to revive or to cause to flourish again, like a tree that has decayed and fallen down.

In this first month of the year it is just proper for Christians to seek a renewal of strength (divine ability or grace) to give them quick speed in the course of the year. Life is spiritual and we must always approach it spiritually first then the physical aspect follow suit. The statement that says, “They shall mount up with wings as Eagles” means to put forth fresh feathers like the molting eagle. It is said about the eagle that after some years of retaining its vigor to a great age, it molt (molting means shedding forth the old feathers) and renews its feathers. It gains its youthfulness one more time and lives to a very great age.

We need to renew our strength both spiritual and physical to optimise our performance in all forms. Isaiah 58:8 shows us what happens after we have waited on the Lord. “Then shall thy light break forth speedily and thy righteousness shall go before thee, the glory of the Lord shall be thy reareward”. Isn’t this great.

Do spend some days in this month waiting on the Lord in prayer and fasting.(This does not mean you break from work, you could still be doing your normal activities yet you can be fasting) The Lord would infuse you with great ideas and new strength to make a great year.

  PRAYER

Heavenly Father you are the strength of m y life. I ask for grace as I wait on you, so I would be more effective in every task or assignment that I may have to do.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Isaiah 58:9. “Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity”;

Luke 4:14 ” And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.”

BABIES IN GOD’S HAND

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 11:25  “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

Babies are a kind of people that most of us would not want to become again. The Lord says in our key scripture that God hides the mysteries of the kingdom from the prudent but reveals them to little children or babies. The kingdom of God according to the Lord Jesus is for those who would be like babies.  (Matt 19:14)A baby in the hand of his or her mother is the most stress free person on the earth. He does not think about what to eat, his health is not a bother to him and when he is on the arms of the mother he does not consider whether the mother would be able to carry him or not. The baby will sleep taking no thought about anything. They always enjoy the best of care and provision given to it.

God wants all his children to be like babies in His hands. The thoughts and ways of God are far and beyond man’s ways (Isaiah 55:9-10). The Bible reveals God takes the things that are weak and the things that are not to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27). The prudent or the wise of this world cannot relate with and enjoy God.

In this New Year just decide to be a baby in the arms of God. Allow the Holy Spirit to provide your daily needs as you trust and depend on him. Do you have any peculiar challenges? Don’t allow it to be like a mountain before you. Babies believe their parents are too capable to handle any situation.( Well in actual fact babies do not reason as I’m trying to say, yet symbolically their actions reveals that they fully trust the strength, wisdom of their parents to see them through).

Dear brother or sister, decide to live a stress free life, enjoying your moments in the comfort of the father’s mighty hands. There is nothing you cannot have. There is no protection you cannot enjoy and there is no answer to prayer you would not have, if you would become a baby in God’s hands. He has consistently proven to be a very reliable father. Our greatest barrier to enjoy Him is our natural reasoning How can we overcome our natural instincts to reason up God’s ways? Anytime your mind starts analysing God’s ways please speak to your mind to stop and align to God’s way, tell yourself that reasoning would take you away from God’s way.  (Note I am only talking about being stress free).

 CONFESSION

I trust my life into God’s hands as a baby does. I have no worries or fears of any form. I rest fully in Him.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Hebrews 4:2 ” For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”

Mark 2:8.  “And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?”

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