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Even though we don’t know exactly what is ahead in the coming year, here are some redemptive ways we can move forward and fulfill what God has for us.
Enter the New Year free of any spiritual baggage. The first thing is to let go of the baggage of the past. Release your grip upon any old hurts, wounds, or disappointments. They can bring with them the weights of bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness. These are the things that your soul can not afford to lug around for another year.
The next thing is to not pick up the baggage of the future. God does not want you weighed down with cares, anxiety, and worry. Live each day, moment by moment, in the sufficiency of His grace, and trust Him in all things for tomorrow’s needs.
With hands free to receive what God has for you, focus your faith on these five things:
1. Be Available:
…be a vessel for honor, sanctified [set apart for a special purpose and], useful to the Master, prepared for every good work 2 Timothy 2:21 AMP … And Saul said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He answered, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” Acts 9:5-6 AMP
Be a yielded vessel available for everyday use, occasional use, or to be set aside for special occasions. The Potter who formed you, knows best how to use you…and when!
2. Be Dependent:
Not that we are sufficiently qualified in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency and qualifications come from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5 AMP
Be assured that you are totally in need of Him to be who He has called you to be, and to do what He asks you to do. Lean into His adequacy, life, and strength with 100 percent of your heart…that’s what thriving branches do when they’re in the vine.
3. Be Faithful:
Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 NKJV Seek His approval…live under His smile…stay with it… Choose obedience over sacrifice. He is using you in more ways than you know.
4. Be Grateful:
Peace, peace, to him who is far away [both Jew and Gentile] and to him who is near! Says the Lord; “And I will heal him [making his lips blossom anew with thankful praise] Isaiah 57:19 AMP
Live in the atmosphere of thankfulness…it’s one of the healthiest ways to live.
5. Be Confident:
The Lord knows those who are His…But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord stand apart from wickedness and withdraw from wrongdoing.” 2 Timothy 2:19 AMP
The Lord knows your name…But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. Isaiah 43:1 NKJV
You are no stranger to the Lord. God knows every detail of your life, and every need you face. Daily, you have His undivided attention.
The Lord knows your heart…The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT
He understands where you are coming from…He knows your intentions, and motivations...He knows your deepest desires and quietest prayers.
The Lord knows your location…You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! Psalm 139:4-7 NLT
God’s angels know where to find you! There is no “prayer mail” being rejected by heaven’s post office because your present address is unknown and the answers are undeliverable. God looks over you…you will never be forsaken or forgotten.
The Lord knows your calling…Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God. Romans 1:1 KJV
You are God’s appointed servant. He knows how He has gifted and equipped you. He knows all He will do for you both now and in the future. He didn’t make a mistake regarding His giftings and His call upon your life, and He will never confuse you with someone else. Stay under the rest and strength of His yoke…He has chosen the field where He wants you to work.
Looking for more resources and tools to help you experience God in 2017? This Drawing Near - Christian Journal , inspired by DaySpring co-founder Roy Lessin, is designed to help deepen your relationship with Christ. We also have a collection of prayer resources for you to choose from. To read more from Roy, follow his Facebook page Meeting in the Meadow for weekly devotionals and inspiration.
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