Sun, 2020-01-19 11:48
- 202 A YEAR OF PLENTY - New Year’s Resolutions and Resolves Series Pt1
We have just entered a new year as well as a new decade. The end of one year is always a great opportunity to let go of negative emotional baggage and attitudes, and start the new year with a clean slate so-to-speak.
Psalm 51:10 (KJV) Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
God helps us to clean out our heart of everything that displeases Him & holds us back. He empowers us to renew a right spirit (a right attitude) within us.
Adopt Psalm 51:10 as one of your new year’s prayers.
The old adage “Attitude determines Altitude” definitely has merits. It’s not only what we do (or not do) that will determine success or failure in 2020 – its the attitude that we do things with.
Let’s determine to not only do the right thing in 2020, but let’s have the right attitude with it.
- Goal setting for the new year:
Many people set new goals for themselves at the beginning of each year.
It’s good to have a vision and goals for the betterment of one’s life.
However, besides all of our dreams, goals and ambitions, there should be one overriding goal in our lives similar to that of Enoch in the Old Testament:
Hebrews 11:5 (NKJV) By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Genesis 5:22 tells us that Enoch walked with God.
Our biggest achievement this year will be that we walk with God & please Him.
Lasting happiness and fulfilment doesn’t come from acquiring more stuff or achieving greater status - it comes from walking with God and pleasing Him.
Exodus 12:1–3 (NKJV) Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: …
God established the beginning of the year for the Israelites, and then gave them a fresh word.
It’s the beginning of a new year for us too - God wants to give us a fresh word:
- Prophetic word for this year: 2020 – a Year of Plenty
This “word” came with a proviso, a set of conditions.
God impresses on our hearts that we need to be:
- In God’s will
- In God’s house
- In God’s Word
Romans 12:2 (NKJV) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
1 Timothy 3:15 (NKJV) … I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Matthew 4:4 (NKJV) But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
God gives us a prophetic word to raise our faith level.
In days of economic uncertainty, He wants us to have certainty in His willingness and ability to bless us and prosper us.
2020 – a Year of Plenty
Plenty of what?
Whatever you need from God, God has plenty of it for you.
Plenty of provision, plenty of peace, plenty of protection, plenty of healing, etc.
Deuteronomy 28:11–12 (NKJV) And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
- 3 words: Faith – Hope - Love
These three words will help us to fulfil the conditions towards experiencing “God’s plenty in 2020”.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV) And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Enoch had the testimony that he pleased God (vs 5). Since pleasing God isn’t possible without faith, Enoch must have pleased God by walking by faith.
We will please God during 2020 by walking in new levels of faith!
Hope is a pleasurable expectation and anticipation of things to come.
As Christians, we are always hopeful of a positive outcome of situations in our lives, even when we are in the middle of challenging times.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV).. we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
This has to do with our character. Continued character development has to be on our agenda this year if we want to experience God’s plenty in 2020.
Ephesians 5:1–2 (NKJV) Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.